What's inside that strange looking building in Tacoma?
The Museum of Glass's hot shop and lots of cool glass art!!
The visiting artist of the week was Ben Beres.
We could feel the heat of this oven from our seats.
We came with the purpose of seeing this glass exhibit,
the Tlingit story of how light came into the universe.
We had read these books by Gerald McDermott, including Raven, A Trickster Tale from the Pacific Northwest.
"Before here was here, Raven was only named Yéil.
He was a white bird and the world was in darkness."
All the artwork was done in glass.
The museum docent did an incredible job of unfolding
the Tlingit story as we went through
the different multi-sensory exhibit rooms.
"Paddles up means we come in peace."
What treasure is in the tiny box concealed by many boxes?
One of the boxes held the stars.
One held the moon.
The innermost box held the source of light, the sun.
"Look! The Raven has the sun!",
says an observant first-grader.
In the end, the trickster Raven gets the sun...
...and gives it to the world.
The Tlingit people receive the light
including this Salmon Woman.
Proof that first-graders appreciate art.
We enjoyed seeing the rest of the exhibit and doing a craft project:
We're proud of our hometown celebrated artist, Dale Chihuly, and are grateful for his contributions to the Museum of Glass and to our community.
More "works of art"