Submitted by Glen Aaron on May 26, 2011

Dale Chihuly is a world renowned blown glass artist. His work is included in more than 200 museum collections. It is so vibrant, you know it when you see it.

When Jackie Bancroft Spencer Morgan completed the Spencer Theater for the performing arts in the mountains of Ruidoso, New Mexico, she knew she must have something extraordinary in order to bring the interior to light. At a cost of around six-million, she commissioned Dale Chihuly, piece-by-piece, to master the task. The theater has multiple blown glass installations including “Indian Paint Brushes” in the lobby, “The Persians” at the balcony level, the “Glowing Sunset Tower” in the lobby, and the “Ruby Sea Garden” with a major chandelier in the Founders Room and outdoor Loggia. There is also a major piece entitled “Womb”.

One has to see Chihuly art to appreciate the beauty and magnitude of the effort. Examples can be seen at http://www.chihuly.com or at http://www.spencertheater.com. Chihuly leverages collaborative teams within his glass blowing process and ultimate installation, a technique he studied in Venice and brought to a new level over time. These are massive undertakings. For example, his Bellagio, Las Vegas, project included some 140 professionals working under Chihuly’s direction.

I had the pleasure of being involved on the periphery of the Spencer Theater project and spoke of that experience in my book: “The Ronnie Lee and Jackie Bancroft Spencer Morgan Story, a tale of people, greed, envy, manipulation ———- even crime”.

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