By Gail Fornasiere, Director of Marketing & Public Relations,Catalina Island Museum
MARCH 14, 2017, AVALON, CATALINA ISLAND – Chihuly at the Catalina Island Museum is the first major exhibition presented by the Catalina Island Museum since opening its new building this past summer. It is also the first time the museum has presented the work of a major living artist. The artist, Dale Chihuly, will make a personal appearance during the museum’s Member Preview of Chihuly at the Catalina Island Museum on Saturday, March 25.
Chihuly has become one of the most recognized artists of his time. He is credited for pushing the boundaries of the glass medium. Previously considered a fragile material, Chihuly has taken glassblowing beyond the creation of singular symmetrical forms creating towering and gravity defying assembled sculptures. These energetic and imaginative artworks are created in a hot shop with the assistance of a team of glassblowers, a method commonly practiced among traditional Italian glass artisans for centuries. During his career Chihuly has mastered the alluring, translucent and transparent qualities of glass in an effort to create works that transform the viewing experience. Some of his most iconic works and groundbreaking explorations in color, light and form will be showcased in Chihuly at the Catalina Island Museum.
“Much of Chihuly’s art makes reference to, or is inspired by, natural elements. This makes Catalina Island the ideal setting,” said Julie Perlin Lee, Executive Director of the Catalina Island Museum. “A museum-wide installation such as this also showcases the versatility of the museum’s galleries and plazas. We look forward to welcoming fans of Chihuly’s work, new and established, to the island for a completely unique experience.”
The exhibition offers a rare opportunity to enjoy a major museum exhibition of Chihuly’s artwork in Southern California. Chihuly at the Catalina Island Museum opens to the public on Sunday, March 26, and is on view through Monday, December 11, 2017.
Member Preview: Prior to the public opening, members of the museum are invited to preview the exhibition on Saturday, March 25, from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. A book signing with the artist will take place from 11:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. Books will be available for purchase in the Museum Store. You must be a member of the museum to take advantage of this unique opportunity. Museum membership starts at just $45 and may be purchased that day.
Patrons Society Reception: The Patrons Society Reception, a ticketed event for members of the museum, will take place from 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. on Saturday, March 25. Attendees will have the opportunity to meet Chihuly and be the first to experience the exhibition at night. This event will feature hors d’oeuvres by Steve’s Steakhouse, a no-host bar and live music by American operatic tenor Dennis McNeil. In addition, tickets for this event include a complimentary signed copy of one of Chihuly’s latest books, “Chihuly on Fire.” Space is limited. Visit the Catalina Island Museum or its website for information and tickets. To encourage visitors from nearby Los Angeles and beyond to make the most of their stay in Avalon, the museum has partnered with the Catalina Island Company, the official Hospitality Partner of the exhibition.
About the Catalina Island Museum: The Catalina Island Museum houses the largest archive of materials related to the culture and history of Santa Catalina Island. Philip K. Wrigley was instrumental in the museum’s establishment in 1953. Preserving the island’s heritage and bringing art and culture to the island also fulfilled the desire of his father, William Wrigley Jr., who wished to provide a “playground” where people from every walk of life could seek edification as well as relaxation on one of America’s most beautiful islands. The museum offers the best in art and history exhibitions, music and dance performances, lectures by guest speakers from around the world, and the finest in silent, documentary and international film.