TACOMA, Wash. Dale Chihuly and his team of glass blowers welcomed more than 1,500 service members and their families to the Museum of Glass for a military appreciation day Monday.
Participants, predominately based at Joint Base Lewis-McChord, viewed exhibits and demonstrations by local artists. For Chihuly and the glass blowers, it was a way to show support to the military community.
Chihuly, a Tacoma native, is a renowned glass blowing artist whose works are included in more than 200 museums worldwide.
I think it turned out great. People seem to enjoy it and they had many interesting questions, Chihuly said. We are honored to be able to do this for all the men and women who serve this country.
The artist originally planned to hold the event at his own studio, but the Museum of Glass provided a larger space for the displays and the crowd.
The museum also saw the event as an opportunity to support the military, while educating people about glass blowing.
We have more glass blowing in this part of the country than anywhere else, so it seems like this is a way to come together through this really unique material, said Susan Warner, executive director of the Museum of Glass.
She called the event a success and said the museum looks forward to holding more like it.
Weve had a fabulous turnout, Warner said. We hope to continue to work with Joint Base Lewis-McChord.