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Featured Artists: Dale Chihuly, Myles Harlan, Lynne Parks and Colorado Ballet

Gaze at giant glass sculptures, follow a musician on an emotional journey, meet an artist with an eye for the over-looked, and watch ballerinas capture an era of tragedy.

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Dale Chihuly

Born in 1941 in Tacoma, Washington, Dale Chihuly was introduced to glass while studying interior design at the University of Washington. After graduating in 1965, Chihuly enrolled in the first glass program in the country, at the University of Wisconsin. He continued his studies at the Rhode Island School of Design (RISD), where he later established the glass program and taught for more than a decade.

In 1968, after receiving a Fulbright Fellowship, he went to work at the Venini glass factory in Venice. There he observed the team approach to blowing glass, which is critical to the way he works today. In 1971, Chihuly cofounded Pilchuck Glass School in Washington State. With this international glass center, Chihuly has led the avant-garde in the development of glass as a fine art.

His work is included in more than 200 hundred museum collections worldwide. He has been the recipient of many awards, including twelve honorary doctorates and two fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts.

Chihuly has created more than a dozen well-known series of works, among them Cylinders and Baskets in the 1970s; Seaforms, Macchia, Venetians, and Persians in the 1980s; Niijima Floats and Chandeliers in the 1990s; and Fiori in the 2000s. He is also celebrated for large architectural installations. In 1986, he was honored with a solo exhibition, Dale Chihuly objets de verre, at the Musée des Arts Décoratifs, Palais du Louvre, in Paris. In 1995, he began Chihuly Over Venice, for which he created sculptures at glass factories in Finland, Ireland, and Mexico, then installed them over the canals and piazzas of Venice.

In 1999, Chihuly started an ambitious exhibition, Chihuly in the Light of Jerusalem; more than 1 million visitors attended the Tower of David Museum to view his installations. In 2001, the Victoria and Albert Museum in London curated the exhibition Chihuly at the V&A. Chihuly’s lifelong fascination for glasshouses has grown into a series of exhibitions within botanical settings. His Garden Cycle began in 2001 at the Garfield Park Conservatory in Chicago. Chihuly exhibited at the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, near London, in 2005. Other major exhibition venues include the de Young Museum in San Francisco, in 2008; the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, in 2011; and the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts, in 2013. Chihuly Garden and Glass, a long-term exhibition, opened at Seattle Center in 2012.

Myles Harlan

Classical musician Myles Harlan has overcome many struggles from bullying to financial troubles, but he found a way to thrive through the power of music. Harlan shares his love for the oboe and the story of how he came to play it.

“When I perform, it’s always the same feeling. You get the butterflies in your stomach, and that just shows you really care about what you’re doing and you want to perform your best.”

Myles Harlan

Lynne Parks

Lynne Parks is a Baltimore-based photographer and visual artist who gravitates toward stark urbanscapes, finding beauty in random design an juxtapositions. Ravaged by a rare disease, she says she is often “drawn to the discarded.”

Colorado Ballet

Established in 1961 by Lillian Covillo and Freidann Parker, Colorado Ballet is a non-profit organization celebrating more than 50 years of presenting world-class classical ballet and superior dance in Denver. Colorado Ballet is a multi-faceted institution, encompassing a 30 member professional performing company, a studio company for advanced dance students who aspire to professional careers in dance, an Academy instructing the next generation of dancers, and an amazing education and outreach department that enables thousands to experience the magic of dance.

Under the leadership of Artistic Director Gil Boggs and his artistic team, Colorado Ballet remains committed to producing the highest quality dance. The 2014-2015 season will feature technically-challenging classical ballet with innovative contemporary premieres. Marking the Company’s 54th season, the five-production lineup will stay true to Boggs’ artistic vision of presenting superior quality classical ballet and innovative dance.

Colorado Ballet enhances the cultural life of Colorado through performances of the professional company, training at the Academy, and Education & Outreach programs. The education and outreach programs serve in-need students, teachers, families, people with disabilities and lifelong learners in Colorado and make approximately 60,000 community contacts each year.

Colorado Ballet Academy provides training to students age 3 through adult, beginner through professional. The Academy has honed the dance skills of thousands of students, as well as started the careers of many professional dancers. The Academy provides the highest quality dance training to all students in a professional environment.

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