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Sunday in New York - Tamara's Journeys

Sunday in New York

November 6th, 2016

What does it take to be named The Most Fun Small Town in America? I drove to Corning to find out…

Corning, longtime forerunner of all things glass, is a vibrant community with an attractive historical downtown with more than a hundred shops, studios, galleries, chic restaurants, as well as an abundance of unique and historic architecture. Corning has won numerous national awards including Glass fest being named as one of the “Top 100 Events in North America.”

Founded in 1951, the Corning Museum of Glass has been dedicated to telling the story of a single material: glass. How much can you say about glass? Actually, quite a lot! Glass is a versatile, ancient material that is still being explored and understood by artists, scientists, and historians. The story of glass is a story about art, history, culture, technology, science, craft and design.

I saw more than 3,500 years of history displayed starting with ancient Egyptian glass. I explored the concepts behind optics, vessels, and windows, and even watched a live glassmaking demonstration.

This piece was titled Fog

This piece was titled Fog

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In this area I learned about making glass for use in telescopes around the world.

In this area I learned about refractive lends for use in telescopes and light houses around the world.

Early Russian glass

Early Russian glass

A Tiffany window

A Tiffany window

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I never tire of Chihuly glass sculptures

I never tire of Chihuly glass sculptures

The tower is made of casserole dishes - clear at the bottom and opaque at the top to show how higher temps turn the glass into ceramic. The glass on the right is a periodic table!

The tower is made of casserole dishes – clear at the bottom and opaque at the top to show how higher temps turn the glass into ceramic. The glass on the right is a periodic table!

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Learning about early glass blowing

Learning about early glass blowing

A display using drinking glasses of various colors to show the deforestation to create glass which can be used indefinitely if recycled

A display using drinking glasses of various colors to show the deforestation to create glass which can be used indefinitely if recycled

You can learn the history and browse the collections here: http://www.cmog.org/about/history

A few blocks away, in the heart of Corning stands the Rockwell Museum, housed in the Gothic Romanesque style historic 1893 former city hall building. Their diverse art collections tell stories about the American experience. My favorite gallery housed a collection celebrating 100 years of the National Park Service filled with majestic Western landscapes.

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This piece captured my attention. Notice the father teaching the son old ways on a drum. The father with a traditional blanket and hair wrapped. The boy in contemporary clother, Western hair cut and fidgeting with his shirt while the father is focused on the drum.

This piece captured my attention. Notice the father teaching the son old ways on a drum. The father with a traditional blanket and hair wrapped. The boy in contemporary clothes, Western hair cut and fidgeting with his shirt while the father is focused on the drum.

Note the buffalo bursting from the building?

Note the buffalo bursting from the building?

To learn more about the Rockwell Museum: http://rockwellmuseum.org/exhibits-collections/current-exhibitions/national-parks-2016/

There are so many reasons why you should experience museums in your area as a family. The best is that it’s not only a great day-trip, but going to the museum will make you happier (and smarter!) in the long run. What are you waiting for?

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  • Jerry Smalling says on: November 6, 2016 at 5:49 am

     

    Amazing to read, loved every bit of it

    • Tamara says on: November 7, 2016 at 7:55 pm

       

      Thanks Jerry!

Tamara's Journeys

Journeys as great as the destinations.