Chihuly in the Forest

Chihuly in the Forest at Crystal Bridges ends November 27

You may have read my original post on Chihuly at Crystal Bridges and wondered why I’m posting about it again. I just can’t get enough of the beautiful artwork–I’ve been back to Chihuly in the Forest twice now. Plus, I’m partnering with Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art  to get the word out that this magical art in the forest will disappear at the stroke of 6:00 p.m. on Monday, November 27. That means you only have today and tomorrow to view the exhibition before it goes!

Chihuly in the Forest at Crystal Bridges ends November 27

You may remember from my post that I particularly enjoyed the Chihuly in the Forest installations. It just makes sense for this nature-inspired art to be on display in a natural, outdoor setting. The natural light and forest surroundings give life to these works in a way that no other setting could. Seeing it through different seasons has been fun because each time I go it’s like it’s a completely new exhibition.

Chihuly in the Forest at Crystal Bridges ends November 27

“I’m always inspired to exhibit my work in various types of environments, from museums and gardens around the world, to unique indoor settings. I’m always looking to push the boundaries of the medium of glass in terms of color, form, scale, and light, all of which are essential elements of my work.” -Dale Chihuly

Chihuly in the Forest at Crystal Bridges ends November 27

I recently went back to view the exhibition with my family and took advantage of the opportunity to not only show the artwork to my family, but to get them outdoors for a 10K Women Trail Project hike! Two birds, one stone, er, ticket. This holiday weekend is the perfect time to go see these breathtaking works of glass!

Chihuly in the Forest at Crystal Bridges ends November 27

Until the Chihuly in the Forest exhibition closes, a ticket is required to access the North Forest Trail. The price of admission is $10 for adults, but children age 18 and under are admitted for free. Once the exhibition closes, the trail will be opened back up for all to access and will link back to the Razorback Greenway as before. If you are not able make it to the exhibition before Monday, 11/27, don’t worry, there is still a lot of wonderful art to see and experience along the outdoor trails. One of my favorites is the Fly’s Eye Dome on the North Lawn Trail.

Fly's Eye Dome on view at Crystal Bridges

Fly's Eye Dome on view at Crystal Bridges

Have you been to see the Chihuly exhibition? Let me know what you think! If you haven’t, go today and then come back and tell me your impressions!

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A Year of Adventure {10K Women Trail Project}

Hike More, Smile More! Register for the 10K Women Trail Project

I’m so excited to announce that I have been selected as a Trailblazer for the 10K Women Trail Project! The 10K Women Trail Project is an initiative through Hike it Baby and is made possible by a Force of Nature grant from REI. What is the 10K Women Trail Project all about? Our main goal is to get more women and girls out hiking all over the United States.

Sunset Hike at Hobbs State Park
We kicked off the project with a sunset hike at Hobbs State Park!
Hike More, Smile More

If you are in Northwest Arkansas or any of the surrounding areas, I would love for you to come hike with me! The project kicked off on November 1 and continues through September of 2018, so if you can’t come on a hike right away there’s plenty of time to get outdoors and join in on the project. I will be hosting at least one hike per month.

10K Women Trail Project Tulip Tree Trail Hike
Second hike of the project, exploring the grounds around Crystal Bridges

Look for all of my planned hikes on my Facebook page or in my new Facebook group, Ozark Women Blazing Trails. I look forward to meeting other hiking enthusiasts. While the project focuses on getting women out to hike, men and boys are welcome to come along!

The first *official* hike of the 10K Women Trail Project at Tanyard Creek Nature Trail
The first *official* hike of the project at Tanyard Creek Nature Trail
Not from Northwest Arkansas?

You can still register for the 10K Women Trail Project and start hiking with your girlfriends! Once you’ve registered you can start logging hikes in which at least one other woman or girl accompanies you. Register here. Be sure to use the following hashtags when you post to social media: #forceofnature #hikeitbaby #10kwomentrailproject #togetherwehike

Who will you inspire to get out on the trails? Tell me in the comments or share you favorite trail to hike!

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