If youâ€™re one of those folks who goes ga-ga for glass (and believe me, thereâ€™s a lot of you), I suggest you visit Charlotteâ€™s Mint Museum sometime between April 2 and August 21 to check out â€œMurano: Glass from the Olnick Spanu Collection.â€
The exhibit brings in fancy glass from the Italian town of Murano, which lies off the coast of Venice.
Glassmaking in the city dates back to the 1400s when Murano flourished and glass artists of the region set the standards for techniques and style worldwide.
Sure, There were some centuries after that where Murano wasnâ€™t the worldâ€™s glass hot spot, but since the early 1900s, the town has experienced a resurgence.
The glass works on display are from the collection of Nancy Olnick and Giorgio Spanu. Despite their strange names, the two are actually from New York.
They began their collection in 1989 with the purchase of an emerald green and cobalt blue Clessidra, or hour glass, and quickly became ga-ga for glass.
Their now encyclopedic collection of glass demonstrates the richness of modern glass and the close relation it has to the fine and decorative arts.
The exhibit includes over 200 examples of blown glass and offers a chronological examination of Venetian glass making in the 20th century.
If a chronological examination of Venetian glass making in the 20th century just really isnâ€™t your thing (which shocks me!) then check out the following events, which are also happening within the week:
Â· â€œTopdog/Underdogâ€ will be performed this Saturday at Winthrop University. The play is about brothers Lincoln and Booth and stars Byron Barr and Jeremy Davis. It will be held in the Johnson Studio Theatre at 8 p.m. Tickets are $10.
Â· Pucciniâ€™s opera â€œToscaâ€ will debut Thursday and play April 2 and 3 at the Bluementhal Performing Arts Center. Tickets range in price from $10 to $91. For more information call 704-372-1000 or visit www.blumenthal-center.org.
by Sarah Grano