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The Ava Gardner Museum – Hollywood glamour in a small southern town

August 21, 2012 @ 9:00 am
I take great pleasure in visiting small town museums. They fascinate me and the staff are typically there because they love what they do and love sharing information with visitors. I recently discovered a gem of a museum in Smithfield, North Carolina dedicated to Hollywood legend, Ava Gardner. While visiting her older sister in New York City her brother in law, a professional photographer, hung a portrait he took of her in his shop window. That photograph lead to her discovery and launched Ava Gardner's Hollywood career. The museum tour starts with a 17-minute video. The video is a comprehensive [...]

Chihuly is at the Dallas Arboretum

August 17, 2012 @ 9:00 am
Ever hear the expression about people who live in glass houses? Glass artist Dale Chihuly was probably the architect of those homes. Hailing from Seattle, Chihuly was introduced to glass art while studying interior design at the University of Washington. Since then he has become renowned for his free-standing glass sculptures and houses. An innovator in glassblowing, his works have been seen by more than 10 million people in seven countries, 200 museums and over 97 different venues.  Cities including; London, San Francisco, Boston and Chicago have hosted this masters' vibrantly colored figures. His exhibitions took a botanical twist in 2001 [...]