Appreciating Chihuly in Dallas

Appreciating Chihuly

Appreciating Chihuly


“There is no use trying,” said Alice; “one can’t believe impossible things.”

“I dare say you haven’t had much practice,” said the Queen. “When I was your age, I always did it for half an hour a day. Why, sometimes I’ve believed as many as six impossible things before breakfast.” ~ Lewis Carroll

Appreciating Chihuly in Dallas

On my recent visit to the Dallas Arboretum to see the Chihuly glass art installation I found myself transported to a magical world. The over-the-top glass art dropped into the beauty of various natural settings was compelling and challenged my concept of what is possible.

If I didn’t know better, I would have thought I had gone down Alice’s rabbit hole and landed in a world of enchantment: glass water birds nestled in a secret fern garden; Venetian boats filled with glass beach balls ready to float out to sea; huge flowing jewel-colored lava fountains; giant lotus flowers in a coy pond; ice cubes of sea blue glass floating down a rocky stream.

Check out a few of the highlights in my 30 second video, Appreciating Chihuly in Dallas.

Coaching Questions to Ask Yourself

Ask yourself, “How many impossible things can you believe before breakfast?”

What would you want to find down the rabbit hole?

If you would you like to be coached to discover new possibilities, schedule a time to talk on Dr. Lynn’s calendar for a free coaching session.

P.S. Thanks in advance to anyone who chooses to forward this blog link to friends!

Dr. Lynn K. Jones is a Board Certified Coach and an Advanced Certified Personal and Executive Coach based in Santa Barbara, California and a sought after coach and consultant for organizations and individuals across the US. Her doctoral work completed at the Wurzweiler School of Social Work, Yeshiva University concerned organizational culture; she coaches, consults and trains organizations on what they need to do to create organizational cultures that are aligned with their vision and values using a process of Appreciative Inquiry. She coaches individuals on achieving their reflected best selves. A MSW@USC faculty member, Dr. Lynn K. Jones, MSW, DSW, CSWM, teaches Human Behavior and Social Environment and Leadership to social work students at the University of Southern California.

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  1. Christina M. Weber, MS on May 24, 2012 at 2:03 pm

    We have several beautiful glass works by Chihuly at the Wichita Art Museum. Lynn’s description of getting lost it its wonder is accurate.

    I find too that having clear goals and a path to get there allows my creative side to see unique means to get them.

    Christina M. Weber, M.S.

    • Executive Coach on May 24, 2012 at 2:24 pm

      Thanks for your observation about how when we have clear goals possibilities can grow! I hadn’t really thought about a rabbit hole being a clear path for our goals, but it certainly is.

  2. Alison on May 24, 2012 at 5:23 pm

    Lynn-you were fortunate to see the Chihuly exhibit. A casino in Las Vegas has a lobby ceiling all with his glass. I would have liked to have seen his exhibit over and in the canals of Venice. Magical, and it does make one think of what is possible in all aspects of life.

    • Executive Coach on May 24, 2012 at 8:52 pm

      I was indeed lucky to see it. I stayed an extra day in Dallas, which was the day it opened. I am glad you felt the possibility that his work inspires. Thanks for commenting!

  3. Calla Gold on May 24, 2012 at 8:06 pm

    Dr. Lynn, I had the pleasure of seeing a small display of his work at The Pepperdine University Museum. His work did its magic and stays with me still as images of fantasy and possibility.
    Thanks for sharing that you feel the magic and possibility and are inspired as well by his gift of art and light.
    If inspiration be made real, Dale Chihuly makes it!
    Imaginative Jeweler,
    Calla Gold

    • Executive Coach on May 24, 2012 at 8:54 pm

      I have seen his work in museums over the years and the ceiling at the Belagio, but this really was inspirational to see it in these natural settings. Thanks for commenting, Calla!

  4. Maria Cordi on May 26, 2012 at 10:49 pm

    Thank you for introducing me to Dale Chihuly’s beautiful glass artwork! Unbelievable!

    No wonder you were inspired to think about what “impossible” things are possible, Lynn.

    As it’s been said, “Learning is the discovery that something is possible”. Often exposing oneself to nature, art, music, or dance can be a great way to learn.

    • Executive Coach on May 27, 2012 at 8:43 am

      It is so true that engaging with nature and the arts is such a compelling way to jog our minds into understanding/seeing something we couldn’t understand/see before. I think it was the combination of art in nature that made this exhibit so mind-expanding. Thanks for commenting!

  5. Lesa on May 31, 2012 at 8:49 am

    Dale Chihuly’s studio is in the Seattle area, where I am from, so his work is found all over the city, in lots of surprising places. He just recently (as in last week) opened a brand new exhibit called Chihuly Garden and Glass

    I saw a quote just this morning that went along the lines of “dreams are important and we must first dream something before we can make it real.” You cannot know where allowing yourself to dream into the realm of what seems currently impossible will lead — after all, that is the reason we have things like electricity and space travel, someone dreamt something impossible then made it possible.

    • Executive Coach on June 5, 2012 at 11:16 am

      Lesa, Thanks for sharing the link to the new Chihuly exhibit in Seattle. He sure is prolific! Dream the Impossible Dream! All the best to you in making your impossible dreams come true!

  6. Debbie Dobbins on June 4, 2012 at 8:14 am

    I lived in Dallas and had no idea this even existed. Yeah for the insight. AND…… I’ve already written my six impossible things before breakfast. What a magnificent way to start the day. A new practice!!! This was amazing, awesome, incredible!

    • Executive Coach on June 5, 2012 at 11:18 am

      Thanks for sharing that you started the 6 impossible things before breakfast practice! Let us know when you get to the Dallas Arboretum and what you think!

  7. Christine Mason on June 4, 2012 at 1:39 pm

    I was able to see a couple Chihuly works up close in Portland. Thank you for reminding me of that pleasurable experience, plus the sheer fun of viewing more!

    • Executive Coach on June 5, 2012 at 11:19 am

      You are welcome, Christine… I have seen numerous exhibits and he never fails to thrill me!

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