Chihuly @ de Young

Did you miss me? Yeah, I didn't miss me either. Wow, my computer had a particularly nasty Trojan horse/adware/spyware/ hijacked issue. All I can say is, Thank God for little brothers! It took him about four and half hours to get my computer up and running again and without any curse words. I think my computer wanted to be treated tenderly and whispered sweet nothings into it's hard drive, instead of all of my rage and seven dirty words (Ugh! By the way, Hollywood, no more deaths for awhile. My poor brain can't handle it!)

On Friday I took the girls to San Francisco to see the Dale Chihuly exhibit at the deYoung muesum.

Two little tangents...

1. Hey Mother Nature, pay attention! I'm sick of you giving me beautiful warm sunny days in San Francisco when I visit. I want fog and chilly weather, especially in the summer time when I go there to cool off. I spend way too much in gas and paying the toll on the Bay Bridge to get warm weather. I expect fog and chilly weather.

2. Dear George W. Bush, the No Child Left Behind Act sucks donkey balls. My kids are data bulimics. They chew and swallow test information just to spit it back up again. Undigested and without absorbing the nutrients. Every kid needs to know there are other things, like art and music in this world. I can take them to museums and teach them what little I know, but what about the parents who don't have the means or knowledge about this kind of stuff? Where does that leave them?

Okay done. Chihuly was awesome and inspiring. To take glass and to twist, mold, and stretch it like that was breathtaking and fun. Art at it's best. Nancy called the first picture "Willie Wonka".

I called this one Superman.

The Persian Series looked like sea anemones and if Pixar said they got the inspiration to make Finding Nemo from these pieces of work I wouldn't be surprised.

I wish...

I could own one of his pieces...
I could be this talented...
I could be this imaginative...
This was my favorite... It is called the Persian Ceiling. It was like underwater I spy. You would walk around and notice little glass angels and devil tails above your head. It seemed to just be layered and layered with glass forms.

All very fluid and watery but yet bright at the same time.

I loved how this petal shaped piece of glass made a whole different shadow on the wall.

The octopus was the best thing ever! Rich says the silliest and stupidest things make me happy. I always want to point to him and say, 'I know, look who I married.' but I never do. Maybe next time.

This is the Mille Fiori. It is a 56 foot long garden of glass exhibit and as Forrest Gump says, 'That's all I have to say about that.'

*Puppet Master... because everything was all screwy this weekend, I'll give you another day to come up with some desserts. I post the nominees tomorrow and then voting will commence!


melissa said...

I adore all the photos. I would love to be able to see the exhibit for myself, but in lieu of that, I really appreciate you sharing. He's amazing.

RIP Carlin

White On Rice Couple said...

Wow, those are beautiful! We were waaaaay off in guessing where you were going, but were kinda close in a a different way, don't ya think?

Maybe the exhibit will still be going on when we head up there this summer sometime. Thanks!

Narinda said...

I completely agree with your #2. We're turning kids into information regurgitators, not learners. It's terrible.

Jill said...

Working in the public school system, I totally agree with the whole "no-kid-left-behind-sucks" thing. It is so hard on teachers because they have to "teach to the test" rather than engage their kids on their own individual level.

Love the photos! I wish I lived close enough to SF to visit but not to be. sigh.

About the Trojan horse, spyware stuff, I'm glad I have a MAC! And that's all I have to say about that. :)


Anonymous said...

I love your beautiful pictures! At least you're thankful AND you take the time to expose your kids to art and music. Some people, who have the means, don't even bother, so kudos to you.

javafiend said...

We have Chihuly pieces on exhibit here in Philadelphia at the National Liberty Museum...they also had a film running showing him at other glass factories and in Venice where they displayed a bunch of his pieces all over the city inside and out...the stuff is incredible

and oh yeah...I feel the same way about Carlin and all the folks that seem to be leaving us lately...makes me feel old now that I actually know who's who on the obit page

Undomestic Diva said...

Cool photos!

And a big second here on the No Child Left Behind Act. AMEN, SISTA.

noble pig said...

This is so great! Good for you for taking them there and I know it 90 degrees there over the weekend...yikes.

Not Afraid to Use It said...

Glad your computer is up and running! You must be so relieved! Are you a shrimp girl? Because I just tested out a recipe tonight and holy guacamole was it awesome!!!

Anonymous said...

So sorry about the weather y'all are having down there. We hear the horror stories up here and wish we could have just one day of it for ourselves. We may hit 78 on Friday. (crickets)
Happy for you seeing the Chihuly. His work is magnificent.

Sorry about your computer. I tried to email you back this morning and got the permenent fatal error message. Kind of morbid, eh!

So glad you're back!

KitchenKiki said...

I love to watch glass blowing. The arts center that I volunteer for has a hot glass studio next to the pottery studio so I like to drop in & check it out when they are doing demos. I have seen some amazing things happen, and the heartbreak of something falling of the punt. They do a live auction in the fall that they auction the pieces as they make them. (they also like to show off & do things like toss pieces, it's crazy)

Javafiend, sometime when you are looking for a fun field trip, go out to Reading on the Second Sunday of the month and check out the GoggleWorks open house. 5 floors of artists in their natural habitat :) (www.goggleworks.org

Rebecca (Foodie With Family) said...

That is the most stunning glasswork I've ever seen. I wonder if it'll ever make it out near me.

...And as for the No Child Left Behind Act? Well... all I'm sayin' is I am giving my sons the gift of a never ending source of conversation with their future therapists by homeschooling.

Mayberry Magpie said...

Didja know the Bush administration for a year has been pushing a similar No Child initiative for higher ed? As if the young person studying at a community college and an art institute and an engineering college can all take the same test and PROVE they've learned something. 'Cause those damn educators might just be stealing our tax money unless we subject everyone to a standardized test. Sorry. Pushed a button. How soon is the election? Can't wait.

Mayberry Magpie

jennyonthespot said...

Chihuly rocks.

And the fact that you have a healthy computer again also rocks.

Rock on.

Mental P Mama said...

Ahhh. I knew it! Wish I could have been along....

Jules said...

A nearby restaurant has a Chihuly chandelier..it's gorgeous, I can only imagine what it's like to take in an entire exhibit...thanks for sharing

ps. baby deer likes the flowers too:)

Rayrena said...

Wow, great pictures. It's amazing how something so rigid can have such grace and fluidity.

Helen said...

Oh no! So sorry to hear about your computer troubles, there is nothing worse. I once lost the whole blog for two days though - beat that!

I absolutely love Chihuly's work, he is one of my favourite artists. He did an exhibition here in Kew gardens once but I missed it and was gutted. I must see his work at the next opportunity. great pics.

www.potsandpins.com said...

My first purchase, after winning the lottery, will be a Chihuly...and probably a second and third purchase as well - I LOVE his stuff - and you're right, he is immensely talented and creative and how does one brain come up with all of that!? I'm so glad you got to go to his show - I live an hour from Tacoma where his studio/glass museum is and I've yet to go there - maybe I will this weekend...just to drool.

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