Tacoma, Day 2 – and 2 museums

After breakfast, I got instructions and set off for the Tacoma Art Museum. It’s conveniently located on the Tacoma Link line, a modern streetcar (just like we inaugurated last weekend in Tucson — the difference is, the Tacoma version is still free. Thinking about the controversy in Tucson, I don’t even want to think about this one, which has only six stops.)
The museum had a room full of Chihuly pieces:

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600 Chihuly - red picolo Venetian -8
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The museum had a nice exhibit of artists who either came from the Washington area or had some connection to the Northwest as well as a selection of print artists. A couple more glass artists were in these groups:
Dominick Labino:
600 NW - Dominick Labino - Volcanic
and MalPina Chan:

600 Ink - MalPina Chan - Gui Shu - Ghost Book = printed+fused glass

Then it was off to the Museum of Glass, across the Chihuly Bridge of Glass, of course. The glass is encased in the “ceiling” of the bridge:
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Then there’s the Venetian Wall, also of Chihuly. This is a wall with three or four large pieces stacked over one another. Here’s an example:
600 Venetian wall = 11
On to the Museum of Glass
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Once in the Museum of Glass, I expected lots and lots of glass. That’s not exactly what I found. A glass artist was giving a demonstration of blowing, but it was a pretty simple piece. Sorry, I’ve been watching the Corning Museum of Glass live streams on Wednesday mornings, so I’m spoiled in this regard.
The Museum of Glass had an exhibit of Irish glass, by Roisin de Buitléar and several artists from Waterford, which closed in 2009. A few of the pieces:

Soft Rain

Soft Rain, cast blown glass, inclusion copper wheel engraved


And one more:
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The museum offered a pop art exhibit by artists Jeremy Bert and Jen Elek, with movable letter:
Pop Art by Jeremy Bert and Jen Elek

Pop Art by Jeremy Bert and Jen Elek


And some wall-mounted letters:
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We had more Chihuly, with his Irish cylinders:
Chihuly Irish cylinders

Chihuly Irish cylinders


The staff at the museum realized the drawings of several children, resulting in some fanciful pieces, such as the “Donut Ninja”:
Donut Ninja

Donut Ninja


The museum shop had some interesting pieces, but I didn’t take any photos. And last, but not least, part of the fountain outside:
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I then went off to lunch at the Swiss Pub & Restaurant, no longer in Swiss hands but still with several of the coats of arms for the various cantons. It also offers Chihuly pieces over the bar.

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