This week, we had the opportunity to visit The Chihuly Collection, the stunning work of world-renowned artist Dale Chihuly. Located in St. Petersburg, Florida, this is the first installation of Chihuly art in a building designed specifically for that purpose.

There are many amazing pieces here, including Chihuly’s spectacular large-scale installations such as Ruby Red Icicle Chandelier.

The chandelier was created specifically for the exhibit.

The artist, Dale Chihuly, is a pioneer of the “studio glass movement.” He is credited with transforming the methods of creating glass art.

Following our tour of the museum, we headed across the street to the Glass Studio & Hot Shop to get behind the scenes and watch resident glass artists create their art.

It was quite fascinating watching resident artist Pauli Maiville at work. He gathered molten glass from the furnace and worked it into an amazing glass bowl.

Here’s an example of one of his finished pieces.

 

St. Pete Beach & The Toasted Monkey

From the museum, we headed to the beach.  It was a perfect day, and the beach wasn’t crowded at all.  St. Pete Beach is rated the #3 beach in the country on Trip Advisor.  It was very nice, but we prefer Clearwater Beach (#4 on Trip Advisor) as well as beaches on Maui and Kauai, and even South Beach in Miami.

We capped off the day with a late lunch at the Toasted Monkey – a little beach front bar and grill.

Eating healthy.

 

We’re on our way to Destin along the Gulf Coast. After that, into Mississippi, Louisiana then Texas. Happy trails!