Marking the arrival of a rather intriguing and exciting art show, come celebrate the Chihuly Opening Weekend – an event sponsored by Target – taking place at the de Young Museum this weekend (June 14th and 15th, 2008). This occasion will become the first time that San Francisco welcomes one of the best glass sculptors in the world. For Dale Chihuly, it signifies the largest show he’s ever staged.

This weekend, there is much more than just art to enjoy and explore at this get-together – a well-rounded family affair awaits. Live music will fill the air. Family features (including magicians and clowns) keep visitors of all ages satisfied and busy. Stilt walkers serve as greeters at Tea Garden Drive. Hands-on art activities are found at the front of de Young and the screening of a new documentary entertains at Koret Auditorium all weekend.

Artist Background: Dale Chihuly fueled his love of art by indulging an interest in the abstract forms in nature found in his mother’s Washington garden. His art also shows the influence of the ocean and its inhabitants. Overall, Chihuly pieces have pushed the envelope regarding the color, size, and shape of glass blown art.

Other weekend Chihuly events at de Young include:

• Crucible’s Educational Response Vehicle – blacksmithing and welding demos
• book signing at the Piazzoni Murals Room
• contortionists and extreme jugglers
• modern jazz quartet
• the sounds of Caribbean and reggae music
• artist lectures

For more information, visit www.chihulyatthedeyoung.org/content.asp?key=150

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