PBS viewers to get early shot at Chihuly tickets
URBANA — PBS viewers will be among the first to receive tickets to "Chihuly and Friends: Highlights from the George R. Stroemple Collection," opening Nov. 23 at the Peoria Riverfront Museum.
There will be a ticket offer to see the exhibition in person when viewers call in to support WILL-TV or WTVP in Peoria during their joint broadcast of "Chihuly Outside," at 7 p.m. Thursday.
The TV documentary, "Chihuly Outside," covers nearly half a century of his outdoor installations. It chronicles his first experiments with floating glass on water and using ice and neon; his early work at Art Park in upstate New York; and his decade-long exploration of large-scale installations at 12 of the world's pre-eminent botanic gardens and conservatories.
"Chihuly Outside" marks the first joint live broadcast by WILL-TV and WTVP. The collaboration is an opportunity for both stations to make their audiences aware of shared arts opportunities in their communities.
The broadcast will originate from the WTVP studio in Peoria and feature on-air personalities from both stations. Contact information for viewer support will be specific for each station.
The live broadcast will be followed at 8:30 p.m. by the premiere of "Studying the Atmosphere with Emily Dawson," a WTVP production created with the help of WILL staff.
Chihuly, a studio glass artist, is known throughout the world for his innovative sculptures and outdoor installations.
His work has been featured in multiple public television programs and has been displayed regionally at Garfield Park Conservatory in Chicago, Missouri Botanical Garden in St. Louis and the Lakeview Museum of Arts & Sciences in Peoria.
The exhibition will remain on view through April 13 at the Riverfront Museum.