Michael Monroe and Lloyd Herman invite you to join them for a dazzling tour of the Pacific Northwest’s famed glass art community July 13 through 16. Although the Northwest is grey and rainy nine months of the year, summer is the optimum time to visit when the sun brightly illuminates the striking works in glass created in the region!
Touring Seattle and Tacoma, we’ll guide you through key attractions that make the Northwest a leading center of glass art innovation in the world. Our visit to Dale Chihuly’s Boathouse is a must especially because of Dale’s acknowledgement of the Renwick Gallery’s one-person exhibition in 1978 that launched his national and international career. We’ll see his team in action creating the stunning pieces we’ve come to appreciate and enjoy along with his private personal collection of art objects which have inspired his creativity that few people have the opportunity see. Did you know Dale is no longer represented by galleries except for the occasional pieces on the secondary market? We’ll visit his own gallery to see works not available anywhere except through this venue.
Artists have been especially responsive and welcoming our requests to visit their studios. Included are renown artists including Cappy Thompson; the teams of Jenny Pohlman and Sabrina Knowles as well as Ben Moore and Debora Moore, Anna Skibska, Preston Singletary, Dick Weiss, Dante Marioni, Ann Gardner and perhaps David Chatt as he’s returning to Seattle after his lengthy Penland stint.
Just how does all this creativity start? We’ll find out when we visit the renown Pilchuck Glass School while in session, a rare opportunity to be sure. With our personal guide, James Baker, Director of the School, we’re fortunate because we’ll see artists in action and join them in a barbecue lunch at 11:45 sharp when the historical bell rings calling everyone together for nourishment and fellowship.
No visit to the Seattle / Tacoma region is complete without a visit to Tacoma’s famed Museum of Glass. t’s curator, Susan Warner, will lead us through three extraordinary exhibitions. Linda MacNeil: Jewels of Glass, Ispirazione: James Mongrain in the George R. Stroemple Collection and Art Deco Glass from the David Huchthausen Collection. David is a highly regarded glass sculptor himself and is represented in noted museum collections world-wide. Following MoG’s visit we’ll escort you to Tacoma’s Murano Hotel for lunch served in a most extraordinary setting featuring a striking collection of glass art throughout the hotel’s public and private spaces led by Susan Warner.
Lloyd and I have secured invitations to see some private collections to whet our insatiable appetites for knowing what fuels others in their aesthetic choices and collecting philosophies. Included is the stellar collection of Becky Benaroya and her late husband Jack. Their finely tuned taste is testimony to their curatorial acumen and their most generous support of the arts in the Northwest is legendary. Jon Shirley and his late wife Mary formed what is perhaps the finest collection of contemporary art in the region. In addition, his home is an extraordinary example of the Northwest’s quintessential architectural style overlooking beautiful Lake Washington.
Of course, by now you’re hungry! On Thursday evening, July 13, we’ll meet at Seattle's historical, elegant and private Rainier Club for cocktails and dinner hosted by a John Price, a leading Seattle art collector. Art from his personal collection is featured throughout the Club and he and I will lead a casual conversation on collecting. Another evening we’ll head out for a special private dining venue named The Ruins, where the decor is quirky, memorable and the food excellent! Another night we’ll find ourselves in one of Seattle’s unique restaurant experiences at Wild Ginger, featuring exquisite Asian cuisine.
We’ll check out the Traver Gallery, Vetri Gallery and briefly step into the Seattle Art Museum’s lobby to see its ceiling with the newly installed tree sculpture by John Grade. It’s now 50 feet longer than seen in Renwick’s Wonder exhibition to accommodate SAM’s larger space. John will meet us to briefly share his secret fertilizer for tree growth!
Our tour will end brilliantly at the renowned Chihuly Garden and Glass, an extravaganza of creativity, color, imagination and beauty! A most memorable experience.
“Eyes for Glass” offers a unique experience to join Renwick Gallery’s founding director and it’s first curator-in-charge who’ll share their nearly 40 years of combined Renwick Gallery experience and expertise with you, members of JRA who’ve made a significant contribution to the vitality and security of the American’s Studio Craft Movement.
We suggest meeting Wednesday evening at the hotel for cocktails with Michael and Lloyd. The tour will end Sunday at noon. If your travel arrangements will necessitate leaving earlier, arrangements can be made by contacting Michael Monroe.