Masters of Glass: Dale Chihuly and Marlene Rose is on view November 23 – December 30, 2018. Regular hours are Wednesday – Saturday, 10 AM to 4 PM; Sunday, 12 Noon to 4 PM (closed Monday-Tuesday, and closed Thanksgiving Day). Admission is $5 per person; AARP, AAA, and Veterans with appropriate ID receive a $2 discount. Students with school ID, children under 18, active duty military, and current members are always free. During the regular season, the first Sunday of the month is Free Admission Day.
The exquisite beauty of studio glass by Dale Chihuly, the grand master, and Marlene Rose, a Florida-based next-generation master will be on display in the A.E. Backus Museum’s exhibition Masters of Glass: Dale Chihuly and Marlene Rose. The presentation will be on view November 23 through December 30, 2018.
Dale Chihuly (b. 1941) is an American glass sculptor known throughout the world. For more than five decades, he has worked with old and new techniques, pushing the boundaries of the medium. He derives much of his inspiration from the world around him, creating masterpieces that capture the imagination and drive beyond conventional expectations for what is possible in glass. Chihuly’s works are considered to have exceptional artistic importance, and are represented in private as well as public collections throughout the United States, in Canada, England, Singapore, the United Arab Emirates, and Kuwait among countless others.
Marlene Rose (b. 1967) is based in Clearwater, Florida. Her impressive work has been shown in galleries and included in exhibitions around the world for more than two decades. Rose uses a different, innovative technique for her hot glass creations. She pours molten glass into sand molds that she creates to facilitate the finished pieces. This technique is adapted from the ancient tradition of metal casting, going back thousands of years to create works in iron and bronze. The results of her process are a variety of mesmerizing forms and shapes that are all unique masterworks. Rose will be attending the opening reception on November 30.