Friday, October 12, 2012

Totally Texas -- Arboretum's Chihuly nights

My daughter wisely waited until the daylight hours got shorter and temperatures cooler to visit the Dallas Arboretum’s “Chihuly Nights” with her family. After all, the evenings glass sculptor Dale Chihuly’s works are on view are still school nights.

The boys had marveled at the giant sculptures made of colored glass during the daytime. But seeing them illuminated at night was like seeing them again for the first time. Normally we’d worry about mosquitoes on a nighttime excursion, but the evening was cool enough to wear jeans and long-sleeved shirts, and nobody came home with bug bites.

The Chihuly exhibit opened at the Arboretum in May and remains until November 5. Of course, you can see it every day, during that time, but it’s also available for night viewing Monday through Thursday. (Note: Thursday evenings, when the Arboretum also hosts concerts, are sold out through the end of October. No concert is scheduled for the final Thursday of the exhibition, November 1.)

Tickets for evenings without concerts are $20 for adult nonmembers, $10 for children, with free parking included. Because the Arboretum’s ticket office closes at night, please buy tickets in advance, at

The Arboretum’s gardens at 8525 Garland Road in Dallas are open from 9-5 p.m. daily, and 6 -10 p.m. for the evening, with the last entry at 9 p.m. Food and beverage service is available, but there are picnicking areas available near the pumpkin village off the main walk, so we packed our own food in.

My most highly recommended photo site is A Woman’s Garden, with its numerous reflecting pools and view of White Rock Lake.

For best pictures, unless you’re a pro with a tripod, get to the gardens before things get completely dark. Be sure to catch views of the lake at sunset, making a colorful backdrop for the sculptures.


Fall in Texas is festival time. For other upcoming North Texas activities, see “Fall festivals in the air,” August 31, 2012, at this site. And every second Saturday is a chance to check out East Texas artists. See “Art Jam on FM 279,” February 6, 2012, for details.

(Next Friday -- A trip to Edom’s annual Festival of the Arts.)

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