Chihuly and #BadMoonRising

Last week, a couple friends and I visited Cheekwood Estate and Gardens in Nashville where they’re currently featuring a Chihuly exhibit.  Until about two years ago, I was unfamiliar with this artist – then we visited another exhibition at Biltmore Estate in NC, which resulted in me becoming a big fan.  I’d never been to Cheekwood, but the grounds are beautiful and the artwork speaks for itself, as you can tell by the pictures.

We enjoyed meandering through the gardens and gazing in awe at the outside sculptures first, then moved on into the mansion for a tour – just in time, because the rain started right as we entered.  The library was my favorite room (duh) – all those old books, and such a fantastic collection!  If I’d been the guide in that room, no doubt I’d be fired for sitting down and reading all day instead of doing my job.

We thought we’d seen all the Chihuly exhibits, but were surprised to find more in the gallery inside the mansion.  None of us were aware he also did pedestal works, but as you can see from the first picture below, they’re also gorgeous.  It was nice to get away for a few hours and venture out into civilization.  Other visitors maintained their distance, and every person we encountered was masked.

As a reminder, I still have spots available for Bad Moon Rising in October – free publicity!  For more details, click HERE.

41 thoughts on “Chihuly and #BadMoonRising

  1. Wonderful photos, Teri! I’ve never been to Cheekwood (yet!) but I do love the Biltmore Estate, and was lucky enough to get a behind the scenes tour of all the filming locations from Last of the Mohicans. That was fabulous.

    Looks like that art exhibit at Cheekwood was fantastic! Thanks for sharing. And I’m looking forward for Bad Moon Rising to arrive, though I’m afraid I have nothing to contribute, myself. Can’t wait. 🙂

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    1. The behind the scenes tour for Last of the Mohicans would have been so interesting – loved that movie, and we lived in SC at the time, so it wouldn’t have been a long trip to get there.

      Cheekwood was lovely – a perfect place to take a book, some lunch, and find a secluded spot on the grounds to read after admiring all the Chihuly art.

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      1. I was an LOTM fanatic for many years, and belonged to an online group who had a “Great Mohican Gathering” in Chimney Rock, NC, for years. We visited all sorts of scenes from the movie, many of which were immediately recognizable. We even climbed all the way up to the “sacred rock” where Daniel Day-Lewis and the “other two,” stood at the end of the movie. 😀 (I seem to remember there were other people in the film besides DD-L, but who cares? 😀 )

        It was at one of those Gatherings that we booked a group tour at the Biltmore, but it’s fabulous all by itself, of course, as you’ve seen. I may live in Florida, but my heart is in those mountains.

        I’ve put Cheekwood on my To Visit list. Assuming I ever feel safe enough to travel again. It sounds wonderful. 🙂

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  2. Sophie @BewareOfTheReader

    I have discovered dale Chihuli since I’ve read Full Tilt by Emma Scott! I was so enamored by his art that for our last trip to the uSA I made us stop in Colorado Spring where there is a museum with his creations and visit the Bellagio in las vegas!

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      1. We’re supposed to be in north Queensland (which is like Florida) at the end of this week. Instead, we’re stuck in dreary Victoria (um, Wisconsin in winter maybe?) and haven’t seen the sun in about four months. SO over it!

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