Saturday, October 2, 2010


OK, I promise I will get back to posting more regularly. My job situation has recently changed and I suddenly find myself with ample amounts of free time. I HAVE LOTS TO SHARE WITH ALL OF YOU!

First… this past weekend, Mr. Tote, my mom and my aunt set out for Grand Rapids to take advantage of two world-renowned events/exhibits – ArtPrize and Chihuly. More on ArtPrize later.

Dale Chihuly is a world-renowned glass artist. And his work is currently being featured at Frederik Meijer Gardens and Sculpture Park. We spent about three and a half hours there, exploring Chihuly’s pieces. Truly amazing. Below are some pictures I took.


DSC02530 Citron Green and Red Tower


DSC02537 Polyvitro Chandelier

DSC02540 Polyvitro Chandelier

DSC02544Polyvitro Chandelier



DSC02553 Mr. Tote took this one. He likes to call it “Fallen Lady Hurt Shoulder In Motion.” The woman who was stamping hands for guests to enter the gardens fell off her chair and complained of shoulder pain (uhh, hello!!?!? Heart attack?!!?) While the staff were attending to her, my mom and aunt quickly stepped in to stamp hands. Note my mom in the purple shirt in the doorway and my aunt in the black hoodie next to her.

DSC02561 Standing in the middle of the Great Lakes exhibit.

DSC02564Mother and daughter (awwww!!)

DSC02569Standing underneath the 24 ft tall American Horse

DSC02565 Red Reeds

DSC02568Sisters (awwww!!!)

DSC02574 Summer Sun

Summer Sun

Summer Sun

Summer Sun

DSC02577Blue Moon
 DSC02578Blue Moon

DSC02584 Yellow Boat

DSC02581 Walla Walla

DSC02582 Walla Wallas

DSC02583 Walla Wallas

DSC02592Niijima Floats 

DSC02585Niijima Floats 

DSC02586 Niijima Floats

DSC02587Niijima Floats  (and Mr. Tote)

DSC02602 Lime Crystal Tower

DSC02597Saffron Tower

DSC02601Saffron Tower

DSC02604Cobalt and Turquoise Reeds
 DSC02605 Neodymium Reeds and Herons

DSC02608 Neodymium Reeds and Herons

DSC02609 Neodymium Reeds and Herons

DSC02613Always the jokester, that Mr. Tote is…

DSC02610White Belugas

DSC02611  White Belugas

DSC02627Blue Polyvitro Crystals

DSC02621Blue Polyvitro Crystals

DSC02623 Blue Polyvitro Crystals

DSC02622Blue Polyvitro Crystals

DSC02616 Blue Polyvitro Crystals

DSC02618Blue Polyvitro Crystals   

DSC02628 Eelgrass and Red Bamboo

DSC02629 Eelgrass and Red Bamboo

DSC02557 Rose Crystal Tower


There you have it. I could go back every day. These pieces are mesmerizing and breathtaking. The weather was mostly cloudy while we were there, but the few glimpses of sun that we got really made the sculptures shine.

Up next? We spent the weekend in Grand Rapids not only for the Chihuly exhibit, but also for ArtPrize. More on that soon!


  1. Oh my gosh, I LOVE Chihuly!! What a treat to see these pics. The glass floating in the water was AMAZING and the white ones hiding in the brush on the side of the river...seriously!

  2. Oh rats, we meant to go to that and it's probably gone now! My MIL went and we liked the pictures it looked so cool. I've seen one of his sculptures before in New York.