Dale Chihuly Glass

March 30, 2016

By Janet Dodrill

Colored glass has always appealed to me. Glassmaking and glassblowing began to amaze me when I was introduced to the work and glass studio artist, Dale Chihuly.

In 1998, my late mother and I went to see ‘Chihuly: The George R. Stroemple Collection‘ at the Akron Art Museum in Akron, Ohio. There, we walked in under a Chihuly Chandelier, and were directed first to see a film on the artist’s background, his drawing and glassmaking process, and worldwide installations – after which we were free to roam the museum’s gallery. It was a spectacular exhibit which included a cross-section of his work, including Drawings, Irish Cylinders, Macchia, Venetians, Laguna Murano, and Seaform sculptures.

A couple years ago visited a local BOSE store and on their big screen TV was a film on Chihuly. It was a great way to showcase the manufacturer’s technology by showing an interesting glass blowing demo so vibrant with color.

Recently, I have been enjoying the glass art sculpture images posted regularly from the Chihuly Facebook page.

To fully appreciate his work I suggest viewing some of the many videos available online. (Some online links are below.)

Better yet, if you get the opportunity to see his work up close, I would strongly encourage it!

Ahuja Azure, Citron and Amber Persian Wall, 2010, commissioned glass sculpture by Dale Chihuly, at University Hospital's Ahuja Medical Center cafeteria, Beachwood, Ohio.

Ahuja Azure, Citron and Amber Persian Wall, 2010, commissioned glass sculpture by Dale Chihuly, at University Hospital’s Ahuja Medical Center cafeteria, Beachwood, Ohio.

Chihuly Website:

Chihuly Facebook Page:

Dale Chihuly YouTube Channel:

Chihuly Workshop YouTube Channel:

Chihuly Studio Vimeo Channel:

The George R. Stroemple Collection

Akron Art Museum

(Text and photo copyright Janet Dodrill. Not to be used without prior permission.)

Chihuly Facebook page screen.

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Chihuly Facebook page screen.

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Chihuly Facebook page screen.

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Squaw Rock by Henry Church Jr.

December 13, 2013

By Janet Dodrill

ink sketch by Janet Dodrill of Squaw Rock by Henry Church Jr 1885

Squaw Rock by Henry Church Jr. 1885, ink sketch by Janet Dodrill.

On a walk down a path at the South Chagrin Reservation known as Squaw Rock sits a mammoth-sized rock on the bank of the Chagrin River that was carved by an artist in1885. That artist was self-taught Henry Church Jr. (1836-1908), American primitive painter and sculptor, but blacksmith by profession, from Chagrin Falls, Ohio. Squaw Rock’s formal name is ‘The Rape of the Indian Tribes by the White Man’ and it stands 30 feet high. The carving includes a woman (squaw) surrounded by a snake, a baby (papoose), skeleton, eagle, shield, flag, hatchet, arrows, and dog.

I read somewhere once that Henry used to secretly travel to the carving site by night, working by lantern, in hopes that the rock would be ‘discovered’ one day and believed to be carved by Indians, but I cannot locate the posting again to support this.

In recent years it has been vandalized and damaged. The squaw’s face and breasts have been defaced, and nature has taken its course and the stone face has deteriorated. After Church died, WPA (Works Project Administration) built a base under the rock to protect it from the river. I remember going there as a child, and even though my father was an avid photographer then and I so in more recent years, we have no early photographs, or any for that matter, of the rock at all.

In 1999 I visited the rock and did this ink sketch, as a result of an organized ‘hike and sketch’ event by the parks, which I participated in with my later mother and father who also appreciated his work.

Church carved a lion with a lamb for his own funeral stone, which is currently on long-term loan at the Cleveland Museum of Art, and pre-recorded his own funeral sermon on a wax gramophone cylinder. Though most of his painting were destroyed by his daughter after his death, he is also known for his painting The Monkey Picture (28″ x 44″, oil on paper, mounted on oil cloth, 1895-1900) which is on permanent collection at Abbey Aldrich Rockefeller Folk Art Center.


The Encyclopedia of Cleveland History


Antiques & Fine Art Magazine (The Monkey Picture)

The Sculpture Center, Outdoor Ohio Sculpture Inventory

Photos of Squaw Rock:

The Plain Dealer, Cleveland, Ohio

CarCow.com, The Famous Squaw Rock

South Chagrin Reservation, Cleveland Metroparks

SOFA Chicago 2012, Selected Artwork

November 11, 2012

By Janet Dodrill

SOFA Chicago

I just happened to be in Chicago last weekend when they were having SOFA Chicago, the Sculpture Objects Functional Art + Design Fair, at Navy Pier, November 2-4, 2012. The three-day exposition featured nearly 70 art galleries and dealers from across the globe. I was very impressed with the quality of work and the event was very inspiring. I love glass work, and there was plenty of it, created in ways I have not seen before. Many of these artists are on the cutting edge, constantly developing new techniques and producing unique visual experiences for viewers. As a bonus, I came back with a bag full of free magazines and publications including Metalsmith and American Craft magazines. I would strongly recommend attending it next year. Admission was only $15.

Tom Loeser
21 and Over, 2012
Wood, found shovel handles

Eric Markow
& Thom Norris
Spring Dawn Kimono, 2012
Woven glass, 5.5 ft. tall with arm span of 4 ft.

Stephen Powell
Habatat Galleries
Teasing Salacious Eclipse, 2012
Blown glass and murrini
8 1/2 x 21 1/2 x 21 1/2 inches

Donna Rosenthal
Memory Coat
Spiritual Love
crocheted metal, vintage pins, mixed media
11 1/2 x 16 x 2 inches

Angus Ross
Highland Love Seat
Craft Scotland, United Kingdom

Tamara Coatsworth
Cracker Jack
Fused, slumped, silk-screened, and torch worked glass, 7.75 x 3 x 1.25 inches

Dena Pengas
Mega/ Multi Necklace
Frozen kiln cast glass,
UrbanGlass, Brooklyn, NY

Donna Rosenthal
He Said…She Said couple, 2012
Mixed media
13 x 22 x 10 inches

Sonya Clark
Black Cross Worn Thin, 2011
29″ x 29″ x 3″ d

Brian Dettmer
The Brain, 2011
Paperback book, adhesive

Monumental Experience

July 25, 2010

By Janet Dodrill

Ernest Trova, Gox No. 3, 1974. at Laumeier Sculpture Park in St. Louis, Missouri. Photo: © Janet Dodrill

When I lived and studied at college in St. Louis, I experienced a wonderful estate with a large variety of outdoor sculptures called Laumeier Sculpture Park. One of my favorite sculptures there is Alexander Liberman’s, The Way, 1972-80. If you are ever in St. Louis, pay it a visit and walk the property for a profound experience, of seeing both temporary and permanent sculptures, some of huge scale. You will walk through woods and over hilltops on walking trails to discover all the pieces. When I was last there, I saw many bluebirds in the wooded areas. There is also an indoor gallery.

In an upcoming trip to upstate New York, I am looking forward to visiting the Storm King Art Center, which, similarly, is a rolling landscape of large outdoor sculptures against the Hudson Valley highlands skyline. Their web site describes it as “a museum that celebrates the relationship between sculpture and nature” and “the exhibition space is defined by sky and land.” I am looking forward to also appreciating this creative wonder.