Now that we are part of WAM Contemporaries, Brian and I are on the Wichita Art Museum’s mailing list and get invites to fun events like the opening of new exhibits. One of the events we recently had the opportunity to attend was the Summer Opening Party where we got to preview the Chihuly Drawings art exhibit.
Dale Chihuly is an American glass sculptor famed for his magnificent glass installations. The Wichita Art Museum has always had two of his glass installations on permanent display: the iconic Confetti Chandelier in the S. Jim and Darla Farha Great Hall and the Persian Seaform Bridge. Through September 11, the museum will be showcasing his drawings as well. The Chihuly Drawings exhibition includes drawings from across the his career — with work in pencil, charcoal, and acrylic — and is quite a collection.
The exhibition’s opening night had a great turnout. We even ran into our friend Cindy. Of course, my friend Teresa was there. As the PR Manager for the Wichita Art Museum, she’s kind of a big deal and is at all of these events.
Speaking of big deal, Brian actually felt pretty special at this event. As we were walking up to the door he was like, “Do we have tickets for this?” I told him, “No. I RSVP’d so we should be on the list.”
When we got up to the check in desk, one of the Wichita Art Museum folks asks for our name which we readily gave but, before she could even look, Kourtney was like, “I remember seeing your names on the list. You are good to head on up.”
Brian was shocked. “They know who we are? That’s pretty cool!”
Well, when you ask for your name to be listed simply as “FLIP + CHING” on the Color Party X invitation, you kind of stand out. I don’t really know anyone else who has a symbol as part of their name besides the late Prince (may his soul rest in peace). They were probably thinking, “Look! It’s those two weirdos again.” LOL.
Anyway, check out the June issue of Splurge to see some pictures from the Color Party. Our picture, though not very good, actually made the spread. I’m sure that was my friend Teresa’s doing because they also had our name listed as “Flip + Ching” rather than our real names. The plus sign was actually her idea so I’m sure she’s just as tickled about our new monicker as we are.
While you’re checking things out, be sure to check out the Chihuly Drawings exhibition which is only on display through September 11.
Other events worth checking out this month include:
- June 2: Wichita State University Alumni Awards
- June 4: The Pando Initiative’s 25th Anniversary Gala
- June 12: Kansas DUI Impact Center’s Hope in Spring Gala
- June 14: Wichita Orpheum’s Celebrity & Chef Cookoff
- June 17: Tunes + Tallgrass at the Wichita Art Museum
- June 24: Final Friday
If you know of other events worth checking out, please post them in the comments. We’re always up for checking out new things and meeting new people. Let’s get out there, support some great causes, and enjoy our wonderful city!