April 30--At the Knoxville Museum of Art, a more than $1 million installation of glass and steel at an art museum means party time.
The museum at 1050 World's Fair Park Drive is, after years of work and months of anticipation, unveiling the massive art installation "Cycle of Life, Within the Power of Dreams and the Wonder of Infinity." So the museum is throwing a street day on Friday, May 2, and a Family Fun Day on Sunday, May 4, to help mark the occasion.
"Cycle of Life" was conceived, created and installed by internationally known Knoxville artist Richard Jolley. The work that explores the progression of life shows six scenes of "earth icons" as some 100 running 100 feet along the wall of the Great Hall of the museum. Three other "sky" creations hang from the museum's 23-foot-tall ceiling.
The work has been covered since installation was completed in February; it's being unveiled to the public this weekend.
That's where the party comes in. The Corning Museum of Glass Hot Glass Roadshow rolled into town and set up outside the museum. Professional glass artists demonstrate how to create with glass 10 a.m.-noon and 1-4:45 p.m. daily through May 4.
On May 2 there's a "Glassblast" Street Party outside the museum. "Glassblast" is 5-9 p.m. Tickets are $20 a person and you can get them at the museum website at www.knoxart.org or at the event. The group Vibraslaps will perform; there'll be more demonstrations from the Hot Glass Roadshow. Food and beverage will be sold.
On May 4, the museum hosts a free Family Fun Day. The 2-5 p.m. event includes art activities, music, face-painting and demonstrations of hot glassblowing.
While at the museum, don't forget to go into the Great Hall and view "Cycle of Life." In addition, the museum has curated another exhibit of various modern and contemporary works of glass by various artists in one of its main galleries.
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