International glass artist Dale Chihuly will visit St. Petersburg in March, bringing with him new work for a special exhibition at the Chihuly Collection, a museum-like gallery on Beach Drive that houses a permanent collection of his celebrated sculptures, vessels and installations.
This is the first time the collection has had a temporary exhibition since it opened in 2010.
"We have been talking to them for more than four months about it," said Wayne Atherholt, director of the Morean Arts Center, which owns the Chihuly Collection. "We don't have information about the specific pieces that are coming but it's a good time of year to have new work because we have more visitors."
He said the glass sculptures are part of a recent series, Sealife Stoppers, that reference sea life using Chihuly's signature organic forms and rich colors.
They will go on view to the public on March 8 to coincide with the artist's visit for a lecture and book-signing on March 9 at the Renaissance Vinoy Resort, a block from the Chihuly Collection.
Chihuly, who is based in the Seattle area, has been the most famous artist in the Studio Glass Movement, which began in the 1950s and transformed the material, considered mostly functional, into an art form.
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