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Friends Members Discover Art and Architecture Gems in Seattle

Dale Chihuly’s glass objet seem to float in the shadow of the Seattle Space Needle on a recent Friends Art and Architecture trip.
Dale Chihuly’s glass objet seem to float in the shadow of the Seattle Space Needle on a recent Friends Art and Architecture trip.

The Art & Architecture trip to Seattle took place June 19 through June 22 when 21 Friends members traveled to the Pacific Northwest. Over the course of four days the group explored Smith Tower, an architectural structure and Seattle’s Original Skyscraper built in 1914, as well as the Frye Art Museum. The private tours at Seattle Art Museum, highlighting the Native American Collection and Chihuly’s Glass & Garden exhibit, were also immensely enjoyed by all.
The highpoint of the trip was the Frye Museum located near St. James Cathedral on what the locals call “Pill Hill.”  The title became clear when the tour’s fantastic docent explained that the museum is surrounded by all the major Medical Centers in Seattle. The afternoon at the Frye Museum tied in nicely to the focus of the trip.  From the personal collection of German and Austrian paintings, donated by founders Charles and Emma Frye, to the meaning behind every structural decision throughout the museum’s renovations in 1996-1997, the trip attendee’s were fortunate to have a docent showcase both art and architecture.
IMG_2878A ferry ride to Bainbridge Island to visit Bainbridge Museum of Art did not disappoint the group! In fact, the day was clear and Mount Rainer was beautiful in the sunshine for those traveling with the Friends to enjoy. Other fun things people did while in Seattle were shopping at Pike Place Market, exploring the Space Needle and visiting the Central Library. Everyone got their fill of seafood and Starbucks, guaranteed!!
The Friends encourages each of you to Google all these places and learn more! Watch your newsletter in the Fall for the announcement of the 2018  Art & Architecture tour.

Don’t Miss Seattle in 2017

With only a few spots remaining on the Friends Art & Architecture trip to Seattle in June, here are a several reasons why you should book your reservation today:

  • Seattle is the original home of Starbucks, Nordstrom and Amazon
  • Pike Place Market is a seafood lover’s paradise
  • Hit drama show, Grey’s Anatomy, is based out of this city
  • It’s your chance to see a pod of Orca whales and Mount Rainier
  • Chihuly Gardens & Glass exhibit is inspiring
  • Everyone loves Tom Hanks and Meg Ryan in blockbuster movie Sleepless in Seattle
  • Diverse art museums abound
  • Long time Friends supporter, Nancy Karason lives there!
  • It’s an opportunity to be with other wonderful Friends and incoming President, Katie Remole, who enjoys exploring US cities!!

Please contact Christine Miller with Acendas Travel at 952.831.3525 for details on this fun trip! Or contact Art and Architecture Chair Carrie Kilberg, at CLKilberg@aol.com, for more information. Brochures are available in the Friends office.

Join us on an Art & Architectural trip to Seattle…Don’t delay, book TODAY!

Seattle skyline
Seattle skyline

The Annual Friends Art & Architecture trip will take place June 19-June 22, 2017 in Seattle, Washington. We’ll enjoy Bainbridge Island (by ferry, of course), as well as tours of the FRYE Art Museum, 5th Avenue Historic Theater and Chihuly Gardens & Glass. Attendees will be staying at the centrally located Sheraton Hotel, downtown.
Reservations are being taken now to enjoy this fabulous four-day trip. Please contact Christine Miller, Acendas Travel Agent, at 952.831.3525 ext. 7740.
Come saunter your way through the Seattle area with other Friends members, or explore on your own! For more details on this exciting opportunity, please contact the A & A Chair, Carrie Kilberg at CLKilberg@aol.com. Brochures are available in the Friends Office.

Let’s Skedaddle to Seattle in 2017

unnamedThe Annual Friends Art & Architecture trip will take place June 19-June 22, 2017 in Seattle, Washington. We’ll enjoy Bainbridge Island (by ferry, of course), as well as tours of the FRYE Art Museum, 5th Avenue Historic Theater and Chihuly Gardens & Glass; which will surely not disappoint any blown-glass lover nor those familiar with Dale Chihuly’s work. Attendees will stay at the centrally located Sheraton Hotel, downtown.
Join us! Make your reservations for this fabulous four day trip by contacting Christine Miller, Acendas Travel Agent, at 952.831.3525 ext. 7740.
Saunter your way through the Seattle area with other Friends members or take advantage of time for exploring on your own! For more details on this exciting opportunity, please contact A & A Chair Carrie Kilberg at CLKilberg@aol.com. Brochures are available in the Friends office.

Art and Architecture in Duluth

The Friends enjoyed an insider’s tour of art and architecture in Duluth on June 17 and 18, highlighted by a visit to the historic Glensheen mansion and the home of renowned architect David Salmela.
It was a cool overcast day in Duluth, upon arrival, and showers were predicted. The view was spectacular as we sat above the clouds and mist looking down on the vast Lake Superior; its tributaries and the ore docks.
After a brief and refreshing stop we progressed to the Glensheen Mansion where we were treated to a personal tour from Glensheen Director Dan Hartman our charming, enthusiastic and visionary host. Dan has made amazing progress in restoring it to its original glory and opening it up to visitors in many new and exciting ways such as Kayak Tours.
Historians Penny Petersen and Rachel Peterson from Hess Roise Historical Consultants brought out Ms. Condon’s WWII Red Cross uniform and a 1920’s white silk beaded “flapper” dress from the Glensheen collection along with treasured porcelain dishes and historical world maps. The clouds dissipated and the sun shone as we toured the gardens that were in full bloom and a month behind the cities giving us a second dose of spring.
Architect David Salmela and homeowner Dave Arvold greeted us at the Arvold home. Salmela explained how his designs bring light inside from all angles and use familiar classical elements alongside modernist forms.  The home is filled with soft light and feels warm, comfortable and inviting. One Friend commented, “if that were our master bedroom perched in the sky above Lake Superior we’d never get out of bed.

David Salmela explains his design vision.
David Salmela explains his design vision.

As we prepared to leave we discovered that our bus was hung-up in the steep turn- around at the end of the street and a tow truck was on its way….and what a tow truck it was; a $400,000 piece of serious machinery with an operator who was all business until he turned in to a Teddy Bear upon completing the extrication. While we waited we “lollygagged” on the Loll chairs on the deck and sunbathed on the lawn. Problem solved we made our way to the historic Fitger’s Inn.  Donning our required “coats and ties” we dined in the “Great Room” at the historic Kitchi Gammi Club.
After a restful night at Fitger’s we embarked upon our second day with perfect temperatures and sunshine.
David and Gladys Salmela welcomed us to their home and studios. Gladys is a seamstress extraordinaire.  Her top floor sewing room has 180° of windows and was much admired (and coveted) by the seamstresses in our group. The house sits on a rocky hill along with several Salmela designed homes looking down on Duluth and Lake Superior.  Although it’s quite a distance from downtown and the Lake it feels as though you could reach-out and touch them. David’s studio is full of meticulously built models. We proceeded next door where the Halls welcomed us to their home, which was built right in to the enormous rock using a foundation from an original house. It’s another award winning architectural gem with an art collection and treasures from world travel to match.
On to the award winning Bagley Classroom Building at the University of Minnesota Duluth’s Bagley Nature Center.  It is the first and only U of M building with a LEED Platinum designation. Located in the Nature Reserve, students can now attend class in the midst of what they are studying.  We loved the outdoor area complete with well-used fireplace.
We ended our day with tours of the HAWKBOOTS and Loll manufacturing facilities. Begun as the maker of skate parks they now use the same materials to produce Epicurean cutting boards, kitchen utensils and Loll outdoor furniture.
After being filled with beautiful sites, extraordinary vistas and most of all warm and charming hosts we fell in to our comfortable bus for a sleepy, relaxing ride home.
Enjoy the photos posted in folders for each tour site: https://www.dropbox.com/sh/iqvfdd9k36asc74/AABUar7Y7INCLCI2gqNOx2Eda?dl=0
“The Job of the Architect” about David Salmela by Horacio Devoto is beautifully done. (The video we weren’t able to play on the bus.) http://www.horaciodevoto.com/projects/vimeo-project-2/