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Playing with Fire


The Mena Art Gallery invites you to attend another mind-expanding event at 5:30 pm on Monday, November 18, 2013 at 607 Mena Street.

As part of the Art Awareness program at the gallery, Sam Tobias will be sharing a visual treat from one of the finest exhibits in the Oklahoma City Museum of Art: a look at one of the largest collections of Chihuly glass in the world showcasing over 1,500 pieces. Born from fire, Dale Chihuly’s handblown glass represents some of the most beautiful and remarkable work in glass the world has seen since the days of Louis Comfort Tiffany. Chihuly’s work is displayed in over 200 museums around the world.

Oliver W. Holmes once said, “The mind, once expanded to the dimensions of larger ideas, never returns to its original size.” That is how you probably will feel as you enjoy the spectacular beauty of over thirty years of some of Chihuly’s greatest work.

Imagine seeing a two-thousand pound chandelier made of 203 pieces of Waterford Crystal. Each piece was handblown by Chihuly and etched by Waterford glass artisans in Ireland. This incredible work was assembled on site in the Oklahoma City Museum and is one of only two of its kind in the world.

The Museum’s signature piece is a fifty-five foot tall chandelier which hangs in the atrium entrance, and spans three stories. This beautiful colored chandelier was also assembled in Oklahoma with 2100 handblown glass pieces.

Sam Tobias’ video is a wonderful armchair adventure into Chihuly’s world in the Oklahoma City Museum of Art. Warning: you cannot unsee all of this eye-candy, and it may provoke you to make plans to see the exhibit in person. Call the Museum for directions and more information: 405-236-3100, or visit their website: .

If you have a computer and would like to see Dale Chihuly and his team play with fire to create incredible works of art, you can see it all on Here is a video that was made about twenty-five years ago for museums to feature along with Chihuly’s work. The producer of the video has made it available for the public to enjoy on YouTube: Dale Chihuly, Glassmaster:

Another fine one is Chihuly at Cheekwood:

At the gallery, you may want to stay for a short bonus video presentation by Sam Tobias: an inside look at the Oklahoma City National Memorial. This 3.3 acre outdoor memorial is an unforgettable tribute to all those who were affected by the Oklahoma City bombing on April 19, 1995. On that day Timothy McVeigh pulled up in front of the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building in a Ryder rental truck filled with explosives and left an imprint of terrorism on American soil that will never be forgotten. For more information about the memorial, visit their website: .