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Stunning Tiffany collection at NY Historical Society, pt 1

Conventional Cushion Base (ca. 1900-06) with Rose Shade (ca. 1900-06); the Gallery of Tiffany Lamps featured 100 illuminated Tiffany lamps from a spectacular collection, displayed within a dramatically lit jewel-like space

Conventional Cushion Base (ca. 1900-06) with Rose Shade (ca. 1900-06); the Gallery of Tiffany Lamps featured 100 illuminated Tiffany lamps from a spectacular collection, displayed within a dramatically lit jewel-like space

Stalactite Hanging Shade, ca. 1904-10; Tiffany hung 4 similar blown glass globes in the entrance hall of his 600 acre Long Island estate, Laurelton Hall; the 84 room mansion burned down in 1957

Stalactite Hanging Shade, ca. 1904-10; Tiffany hung 4 similar blown glass globes in the entrance hall of his 600 acre Long Island estate, Laurelton Hall; the 84 room mansion burned down in 1957

Mosaic and Turtleback Tile Base (ca. 1900-02) with Trumpet Creeper Shade (ca. 1900-06); for Tiffany, color reigned over line and form; the gallery displaying the lamps was so dark it was difficult to read the descriptions of each lamp

Mosaic and Turtleback Tile Base (ca. 1900-02) with Trumpet Creeper Shade (ca. 1900-06); for Tiffany, color reigned over line and form; the gallery displaying the lamps was so dark it was difficult to read the descriptions of each lamp

Hurricane Lamp, ca. 1894-96; this blown-glass lamp, pre-dating the firm's first leaded shades by several years reveals Tiffany's interest in Middle Eastern and Islamic design

Hurricane Lamp, ca. 1894-96; this blown-glass lamp, pre-dating the firm's first leaded shades by several years reveals Tiffany's interest in Middle Eastern and Islamic design

Hollyhock Hanging Shade, ca. 1900-06; Louis Comfort Tiffany (1848–1933) was the artistic genius behind Tiffany Studios but many of the designs were probably made by Clara Driscoll

Hollyhock Hanging Shade, ca. 1900-06; Louis Comfort Tiffany (1848–1933) was the artistic genius behind Tiffany Studios but many of the designs were probably made by Clara Driscoll

Poppy Shade, ca. 1906-10; Clara Driscoll’s recently discovered correspondence, written during her employment at Tiffany Studios, reveals that she was responsible for many of the firm’s most iconic lampshades, including the Wisteria, Dragonfly and Poppy

Poppy Shade, ca. 1906-10; Clara Driscoll’s recently discovered correspondence, written during her employment at Tiffany Studios, reveals that she was responsible for many of the firm’s most iconic lampshades, including the Wisteria, Dragonfly and Poppy

Peony Hanging Shade, ca. 1900-06; the Queens Museum at Flushing Meadows, Corona Park also holds a large collection of Tiffany Lamps; the museum is located in the New York City Building, the historic pavilion designed for the 1939 World’s Fair

Peony Hanging Shade, ca. 1900-06; the Queens Museum at Flushing Meadows, Corona Park also holds a large collection of Tiffany Lamps; the museum is located in the New York City Building, the historic pavilion designed for the 1939 World’s Fair

Peony Border Shade, ca. 1906-10; Clara Driscoll attended what is now the Cleveland Institute of Art before enrolling at the then new Metropolitan Museum Art School in New York City

Peony Border Shade, ca. 1906-10; Clara Driscoll attended what is now the Cleveland Institute of Art before enrolling at the then new Metropolitan Museum Art School in New York City

Water Lily, Twisted Stem Base (ca. 1900-06) with Plain Square Shade (ca. 1900-06); the Haworth Art Gallery in Accrington, England contains a collection of 140  examples of the work of Louis Comfort Tiffany, including vases, tiles, lamps, and mosaics

Water Lily, Twisted Stem Base (ca. 1900-06) with Plain Square Shade (ca. 1900-06); the Haworth Art Gallery in Accrington, England contains a collection of 140+ examples of the work of Louis Comfort Tiffany, including vases, tiles, lamps, and mosaics

Spun Oval Base with Three-Leaf Turtleback Tile Ornament (ca. 1900-06) with Black-Eyed Susan Shade (ca. 1900-06); a new exhibit at the Museum that opened after my visit deals with the life and times of Ruth Bader Ginsburg

Spun Oval Base with Three-Leaf Turtleback Tile Ornament (ca. 1900-06) with Black-Eyed Susan Shade (ca. 1900-06); a new exhibit at the Museum that opened after my visit deals with the life and times of Ruth Bader Ginsburg

Bell Lamp and Lotus Shade (ca. 1900-06); the Arlington Street Church in Boston has 16 Tiffany windows of a set of 20 but it was closed for renovations on my last visit

Bell Lamp and Lotus Shade (ca. 1900-06); the Arlington Street Church in Boston has 16 Tiffany windows of a set of 20 but it was closed for renovations on my last visit

The Four Feet Base (ca. 1906-10) sold for $25 in 1906 while the Plain Squares, Turtleback Band Shade (ca. 1900-06) sold for $50; the geometric shapes required less labor so were less expensive than other Tiffany shades

The Four Feet Base (ca. 1906-10) sold for $25 in 1906 while the Plain Squares, Turtleback Band Shade (ca. 1900-06) sold for $50; the geometric shapes required less labor so were less expensive than other Tiffany shades

Roman Base (ca. 1906-10) with Rose Shade (ca. 1910-13); Clara Driscoll was one of the highest-paid women of her time, earning $10,000 per year (the year is not mentioned but I assume this was close to when she left in 1909)

Roman Base (ca. 1906-10) with Rose Shade (ca. 1910-13); Clara Driscoll was one of the highest-paid women of her time, earning $10,000 per year (the year is not mentioned but I assume this was close to when she left in 1909)

Grape Table Lamp (ca. 1901-03); the value of original Tiffany lamps can range from many thousands to more than a million dollars; the highest price ever paid for a Tiffany lamp was $3.4 million at a Christie’s auction in 2018

Grape Table Lamp (ca. 1901-03); the value of original Tiffany lamps can range from many thousands to more than a million dollars; the highest price ever paid for a Tiffany lamp was $3.4 million at a Christie’s auction in 2018

Magnolia Shade (ca. 1906-10); the jewel-like lamps made by Tiffany Studios are icons of early 20th century American design; Tiffany pioneered artistic lighting for the then-recent invention of incandescent light bulbs

Magnolia Shade (ca. 1906-10); the jewel-like lamps made by Tiffany Studios are icons of early 20th century American design; Tiffany pioneered artistic lighting for the then-recent invention of incandescent light bulbs

This Gourd shade (ca. 1900-06) is one of only two in existence; the designer took artistic license in portraying flowers simultaneously with the fruits, and in showing several varieties of gourds in a single pattern

This Gourd shade (ca. 1900-06) is one of only two in existence; the designer took artistic license in portraying flowers simultaneously with the fruits, and in showing several varieties of gourds in a single pattern

Fruit Shade (ca. 1900-06); unlike most of the shades produced by Tiffany Studios, this model has no pattern repeats in the design

Fruit Shade (ca. 1900-06); unlike most of the shades produced by Tiffany Studios, this model has no pattern repeats in the design

Mushroom Base (ca. 1900-04) with Nasturtium Shade (ca. 1900-04); one area of the exhibit focused on Tiffany knock-offs and how to tell the difference between a real Tiffany product and the many fakes

Mushroom Base (ca. 1900-04) with Nasturtium Shade (ca. 1900-04); one area of the exhibit focused on Tiffany knock-offs and how to tell the difference between a real Tiffany product and the many fakes

Blown Glass in Metal Base (ca. 1900-02) with Poppy Shade (ca. 1900-06); this best-selling model remained in production into the 1920s, long after many other leaded shades had been discontinued

Blown Glass in Metal Base (ca. 1900-02) with Poppy Shade (ca. 1900-06); this best-selling model remained in production into the 1920s, long after many other leaded shades had been discontinued

Cushion Base (ca. 1900-06) with Peony Shade (ca. 1900-04); for every shade model, Tiffany artisans created numbered brass templates corresponding to each glass segment

Cushion Base (ca. 1900-06) with Peony Shade (ca. 1900-04); for every shade model, Tiffany artisans created numbered brass templates corresponding to each glass segment

Tripod Base (ca. 1900) with Crown Shade (ca. 1910); in addition to the leaded shades that have become synonymous with the Tiffany name, the firm produced special orders in a wide variety of styles

Tripod Base (ca. 1900) with Crown Shade (ca. 1910); in addition to the leaded shades that have become synonymous with the Tiffany name, the firm produced special orders in a wide variety of styles

Elaborate desk sets (like this Etched Metal and Glass model ca. 1900-06) were an important part of Tiffany Studios' production and were a favorite of the gift-buying public

Elaborate desk sets (like this Etched Metal and Glass model ca. 1900-06) were an important part of Tiffany Studios' production and were a favorite of the gift-buying public

Crutch Oval Base with Turtleback Tile Band (ca. 1900-06) with Daffodil and Narcissus Shade (ca. 1910-13); Tiffany is best known for leaded glass lamps, but it's interesting that Tiffany was most proud of his blown glass vases and leaded glass windows

Crutch Oval Base with Turtleback Tile Band (ca. 1900-06) with Daffodil and Narcissus Shade (ca. 1910-13); Tiffany is best known for leaded glass lamps, but it's interesting that Tiffany was most proud of his blown glass vases and leaded glass windows

Crutch Oval Base with Turtleneck Tile Base with Daffodil Shade (both ca. 1900-06); Tiffany won a gold medal with his stained glass windows The Four Seasons at the Exposition Universelle (1900) in Paris

Crutch Oval Base with Turtleneck Tile Base with Daffodil Shade (both ca. 1900-06); Tiffany won a gold medal with his stained glass windows The Four Seasons at the Exposition Universelle (1900) in Paris

Claw Feet Library Base (ca. 1900-06) with Elizabethan Shade (ca.. 1910-13); in 1893, Tiffany built a new factory called the Stourbridge Glass Company, later called Tiffany Glass Furnaces, which was located in Corona, Queens

Claw Feet Library Base (ca. 1900-06) with Elizabethan Shade (ca.. 1910-13); in 1893, Tiffany built a new factory called the Stourbridge Glass Company, later called Tiffany Glass Furnaces, which was located in Corona, Queens

Venetian Desk Lamp (ca. 1906-08); Tiffany's big break came in 1882 when President Chester Arthur refused to move into the White House until it had been redecorated; he commissioned Tiffany to redecorate all of the State rooms

Venetian Desk Lamp (ca. 1906-08); Tiffany's big break came in 1882 when President Chester Arthur refused to move into the White House until it had been redecorated; he commissioned Tiffany to redecorate all of the State rooms

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Hermann Park is a Houston treasure with tons to see and do

In celebration of Hermann Park’s 100th birthday in 2014, a 15-acre site adjacent to the Museum of Natural Science was transformed into the beautiful McGovern Centennial Gardens

In celebration of Hermann Park’s 100th birthday in 2014, a 15-acre site adjacent to the Museum of Natural Science was transformed into the beautiful McGovern Centennial Gardens

The Houston Museum of Natural Science is one of the most popular museums in the US with 2  million guests each year visiting the IMAX theater, planetarium, butterfly center and 4 floors of exhibit space

The Houston Museum of Natural Science is one of the most popular museums in the US with 2+ million guests each year visiting the IMAX theater, planetarium, butterfly center and 4 floors of exhibit space

Sam Houston Monument (1925) greets visitors to 445-acre Hermann Park; the Park is bounded by the TX Medical Center, Rice University, Museum District and Hermann Park Golf Course (in 1954, one of the first public golf courses in the US to desegregate)

Sam Houston Monument (1925) greets visitors to 445-acre Hermann Park; the Park is bounded by the TX Medical Center, Rice University, Museum District and Hermann Park Golf Course (in 1954, one of the first public golf courses in the US to desegregate)

The peaceful Japanese Garden, designed by world-renowned Japanese landscape architect Ken Nakajima, was added in 1992 to Hermann Park; entry is free and, in the spring, be sure to see the gorgeous cherry trees

The peaceful Japanese Garden, designed by world-renowned Japanese landscape architect Ken Nakajima, was added in 1992 to Hermann Park; entry is free and, in the spring, be sure to see the gorgeous cherry trees

In 1943, a large chunk of the southern part of Hermann Park was used to found the Texas Medical Center (TMC), the largest medical complex in the world; TMC employs 100,000  people and sees 10  million patients annually

In 1943, a large chunk of the southern part of Hermann Park was used to found the Texas Medical Center (TMC), the largest medical complex in the world; TMC employs 100,000+ people and sees 10+ million patients annually

One of Houston's oldest public parks, Hermann Park was created on acreage donated to the City of Houston by oilman and philanthropist George H. Hermann; the land was formerly the site of his sawmill

One of Houston's oldest public parks, Hermann Park was created on acreage donated to the City of Houston by oilman and philanthropist George H. Hermann; the land was formerly the site of his sawmill

The Houston Zoo was the second most visited paid-admission zoo in the country in 2016 (behind San Diego Zoo), with 2.5  million visitors; long-time Houstonians remember when it was free

The Houston Zoo was the second most visited paid-admission zoo in the country in 2016 (behind San Diego Zoo), with 2.5+ million visitors; long-time Houstonians remember when it was free

The Marvin Taylor Trail, a former carriage trail, offers runners and walkers a picturesque two-mile path, much of it under the shade of historic live oaks around Hermann Park

The Marvin Taylor Trail, a former carriage trail, offers runners and walkers a picturesque two-mile path, much of it under the shade of historic live oaks around Hermann Park

The Hermann Park Railroad has been a favorite with children for 50  years; it has an MD Anderson stop near the Medical Center as well as a stop near the Hermann Park light rail station (cost is $3.50)

The Hermann Park Railroad has been a favorite with children for 50+ years; it has an MD Anderson stop near the Medical Center as well as a stop near the Hermann Park light rail station (cost is $3.50)

Japanese Garden; in the 1980's, due to insufficient public resources, Hermann Park became rundown; the non-profit Hermann Park Conservancy was founded which has since leveraged $120  million of public and private funds to make the park world-class

Japanese Garden; in the 1980's, due to insufficient public resources, Hermann Park became rundown; the non-profit Hermann Park Conservancy was founded which has since leveraged $120+ million of public and private funds to make the park world-class

Opened in 1994, the Cockrell Butterfly Center is housed in a three-story glass building at the Houston Museum of Natural Science filled with tropical plants and butterflies (including the migratory Monarch)

Opened in 1994, the Cockrell Butterfly Center is housed in a three-story glass building at the Houston Museum of Natural Science filled with tropical plants and butterflies (including the migratory Monarch)

Prairie dogs are so cool!; the Houston Zoo has a flexible ticket pricing model (about $25 base) with tickets cheaper if you buy them in advance and more expensive during peak times

Prairie dogs are so cool!; the Houston Zoo has a flexible ticket pricing model (about $25 base) with tickets cheaper if you buy them in advance and more expensive during peak times

The 1936 Pioneer Memorial Obelisk (honoring Houston's founding men and women and the city's centennial) lies at the far end of the gorgeous Jones Reflecting Pool which is lined by mature live oaks

The 1936 Pioneer Memorial Obelisk (honoring Houston's founding men and women and the city's centennial) lies at the far end of the gorgeous Jones Reflecting Pool which is lined by mature live oaks

Miller Outdoor Theatre offers a wide range of free performances including classical music, jazz, ballet, Shakespeare, musical theater, and classic films, running March through November

Miller Outdoor Theatre offers a wide range of free performances including classical music, jazz, ballet, Shakespeare, musical theater, and classic films, running March through November

The McGovern Centennial Gardens has a traditional rose garden, along with new areas to explore such as a family garden, an arid garden, a 30-foot garden mount, and a sculpture promenade featuring public art donated by countries around the world

The McGovern Centennial Gardens has a traditional rose garden, along with new areas to explore such as a family garden, an arid garden, a 30-foot garden mount, and a sculpture promenade featuring public art donated by countries around the world

The Zoo's reflecting pool, built in 1926, was meant to emulate the Jones Reflecting Pool in Hermann Park; for the Zoo's Centennial in 2022 a huge exhibit dedicated to the Galapagos Islands will be opening

The Zoo's reflecting pool, built in 1926, was meant to emulate the Jones Reflecting Pool in Hermann Park; for the Zoo's Centennial in 2022 a huge exhibit dedicated to the Galapagos Islands will be opening

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Jamestown & Williamsburg were more interesting than Yorktown

George Washington greets visitors to the American Revolution Museum which is a private museum run by the state and not part of the National Park Service; admission is $14.45

George Washington greets visitors to the American Revolution Museum which is a private museum run by the state and not part of the National Park Service; admission is $14.45

Just 10 days after the victory at Yorktown, the Continental Congress directed a monument be built to commemorate the siege and the American-French alliance; alas, funds were not appropriated for the monument until 100 years later in 1881

Just 10 days after the victory at Yorktown, the Continental Congress directed a monument be built to commemorate the siege and the American-French alliance; alas, funds were not appropriated for the monument until 100 years later in 1881

The movie Liberty Fever is shown as an introduction but had too many uncomfortable parallels to supposed patriots fighting for liberty today (when they are actually just supporting a narcissistic demagogue)

The movie Liberty Fever is shown as an introduction but had too many uncomfortable parallels to supposed patriots fighting for liberty today (when they are actually just supporting a narcissistic demagogue)

The museum focused heavily on military themes (like the 4-pounder cannon here) and vague cries for liberty rather than the specifics of what colonists objected to from the British crown

The museum focused heavily on military themes (like the 4-pounder cannon here) and vague cries for liberty rather than the specifics of what colonists objected to from the British crown

Poems on Various Subjects by Phyllis Wheatley (1773) was the first publication of a substantial literary work by an enslaved individual in America; opened in 2017, the museum replaced the Yorktown Victory Center

Poems on Various Subjects by Phyllis Wheatley (1773) was the first publication of a substantial literary work by an enslaved individual in America; opened in 2017, the museum replaced the Yorktown Victory Center

Consignments of Virginia tobacco which came to the Netherlands were sold in Delftware jars like this one (1765-1785); after the Revolution, American farmers could export directly to European markets with middlemen taking part of the profits

Consignments of Virginia tobacco which came to the Netherlands were sold in Delftware jars like this one (1765-1785); after the Revolution, American farmers could export directly to European markets with middlemen taking part of the profits

This is one of two surviving plaster statues which is a direct copy of the Houdon statue at the Virginia State Capital; Thomas Jefferson noted that the York River at Yorktown affords the best harbor in the state for vessels of the largest size

This is one of two surviving plaster statues which is a direct copy of the Houdon statue at the Virginia State Capital; Thomas Jefferson noted that the York River at Yorktown affords the best harbor in the state for vessels of the largest size

Yorktown is most famous as the site of the surrender of General Charles Cornwallis to General George Washington and the French Fleet during the American Revolutionary War on October 19, 1781; the British defeat at Yorktown followed large losses at Guilford Court House (Greensboro)

Yorktown is most famous as the site of the surrender of General Charles Cornwallis to General George Washington and the French Fleet during the American Revolutionary War on October 19, 1781; the British defeat at Yorktown followed large losses at Guilford Court House (Greensboro)

The 22,000 sq ft museum says it has comprehensive, immersive exhibits which to me says there's a lot to read; the static content indoors was boring for kids who preferred the outdoor experiences

The 22,000 sq ft museum says it has comprehensive, immersive exhibits which to me says there's a lot to read; the static content indoors was boring for kids who preferred the outdoor experiences

Historical interpreters described daily routines of American soldiers, with demonstrations of military drills, musket and artillery firing, 18th-century surgical and medical practices, and the role of the quartermaster in managing troop supplies

Historical interpreters described daily routines of American soldiers, with demonstrations of military drills, musket and artillery firing, 18th-century surgical and medical practices, and the role of the quartermaster in managing troop supplies

Representing two companies of American soldiers (1/4 of a regiment), the Continental Army encampment features rows of soldiers’ tents (they slept 6 to a tent somehow), an office for an adjutant or secretary, two captains’ quarters and an earthen kitchen

Representing two companies of American soldiers (1/4 of a regiment), the Continental Army encampment features rows of soldiers’ tents (they slept 6 to a tent somehow), an office for an adjutant or secretary, two captains’ quarters and an earthen kitchen

The Revolution-era farm evokes the world of the 18th-century family of Edward Moss (c.1757-1786), whose life is well-documented in York County; historical interpreters explained life and work on the farm

The Revolution-era farm evokes the world of the 18th-century family of Edward Moss (c.1757-1786), whose life is well-documented in York County; historical interpreters explained life and work on the farm

A middling plantation typically covered 200-800 acres and required a workforce of about 9 adults (including slaves); despite their relatively small size, these farms offered their owners a bright economic future and status in local society

A middling plantation typically covered 200-800 acres and required a workforce of about 9 adults (including slaves); despite their relatively small size, these farms offered their owners a bright economic future and status in local society

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Fleischer Glass Collection at Morris Museum of Art, Augusta

Basket Set, Dale Chihuly, 1993; my favorite American glass artist is probably also the most prolific and best marketer; his was the only work here by anyone with major name recognition

Basket Set, Dale Chihuly, 1993; my favorite American glass artist is probably also the most prolific and best marketer; his was the only work here by anyone with major name recognition

Mechanical Jazz, Concetta Mason, 1989; the studio art glass collection at the museum was donated by Eugene Fleischer who especially admired work from the Penland School of Craft in NW NC

Mechanical Jazz, Concetta Mason, 1989; the studio art glass collection at the museum was donated by Eugene Fleischer who especially admired work from the Penland School of Craft in NW NC

Bags in a Bag, John Littleton and Kate Vogel, 1982; this pair graduated from the University of Wisconsin and taught at the Penland School in NC; it would be interesting to see the production process

Bags in a Bag, John Littleton and Kate Vogel, 1982; this pair graduated from the University of Wisconsin and taught at the Penland School in NC; it would be interesting to see the production process

Passion Okra Johnson, Stephen Rolfe Powell, 1990; I loved the colors in this piece but wonder where the name came from; admission to the Morris Museum of Art is only $5 with the studio art glass collection being just one large gallery

Passion Okra Johnson, Stephen Rolfe Powell, 1990; I loved the colors in this piece but wonder where the name came from; admission to the Morris Museum of Art is only $5 with the studio art glass collection being just one large gallery

Bowl (Migration series), Chuck Boux, 2015; we saw some of his work across the street from the Chihuly Collection in St. Petersburg, FL; his work is on display at the Imagine Museum there as well

Bowl (Migration series), Chuck Boux, 2015; we saw some of his work across the street from the Chihuly Collection in St. Petersburg, FL; his work is on display at the Imagine Museum there as well

Intoxication Lurid Sipper, Stephen Rolfe Powell and John Miller, 2010; the Fleischer collection opened at the museum in 2019; Fleischer donated 200  pieces with about 50 being on display at any one time

Intoxication Lurid Sipper, Stephen Rolfe Powell and John Miller, 2010; the Fleischer collection opened at the museum in 2019; Fleischer donated 200+ pieces with about 50 being on display at any one time

Tulip Vase, Tommie Rush, 2015; a Southerner, like most of the artists featured here, Rush graduated from the University of Tennessee; her vases retail for $2000-$4000

Tulip Vase, Tommie Rush, 2015; a Southerner, like most of the artists featured here, Rush graduated from the University of Tennessee; her vases retail for $2000-$4000

Vase, Duncan McClellan, undated; this artist has a gallery in St. Petersburg FL; due to the expensive infrastructure required, glass artists tend to be based in just a handful of US locations

Vase, Duncan McClellan, undated; this artist has a gallery in St. Petersburg FL; due to the expensive infrastructure required, glass artists tend to be based in just a handful of US locations

Snake River Shelter, Brent Kee Young, 2014; this beautifully, intricate piece with clear glass didn't lend itself well to a photo; it looked incredibly fragile which is ironic since it's a shelter

Snake River Shelter, Brent Kee Young, 2014; this beautifully, intricate piece with clear glass didn't lend itself well to a photo; it looked incredibly fragile which is ironic since it's a shelter

Neptune Whirlwind, David Goldhagen, 2007; Eugene Fleischer was born in 1921, just one month after his parents arrived in the US from Hungary; he and his wife were married for 72 years, the last 40 in Augusta

Neptune Whirlwind, David Goldhagen, 2007; Eugene Fleischer was born in 1921, just one month after his parents arrived in the US from Hungary; he and his wife were married for 72 years, the last 40 in Augusta

Vase, Jonathan Poirier, 2014; Eugene Fleischer became wealthy as a developer in South Florida in the 1950s and 60s; he semi-retired to Augusta in 1974 where he lived until his death at 97 in 2018

Vase, Jonathan Poirier, 2014; Eugene Fleischer became wealthy as a developer in South Florida in the 1950s and 60s; he semi-retired to Augusta in 1974 where he lived until his death at 97 in 2018

Deep Sea Glass, Catherine Rahn, 1998; some of her pieces sell for just a few hundred dollars which makes it seem like thriving as a studio glass artist would be quite challenging

Deep Sea Glass, Catherine Rahn, 1998; some of her pieces sell for just a few hundred dollars which makes it seem like thriving as a studio glass artist would be quite challenging

Vase, Kent Forrest Ipsen, 1973; the artist studied with Harvey Littleton before going on to found the glass program at Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond

Vase, Kent Forrest Ipsen, 1973; the artist studied with Harvey Littleton before going on to found the glass program at Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond

Girl with Golden Hair, Stan Floate, undated; Fleischer preferred to collect unique studio art glass pieces and often got to know the individual artists

Girl with Golden Hair, Stan Floate, undated; Fleischer preferred to collect unique studio art glass pieces and often got to know the individual artists

Untitled, Marvin Lipofsky, 1977; the artist received his masters degree from the University of Wisconsin where he studied under the father of American studio art glass Harvey Littleton

Untitled, Marvin Lipofsky, 1977; the artist received his masters degree from the University of Wisconsin where he studied under the father of American studio art glass Harvey Littleton

Steel Aqua Point, Alex Gabriel Bernstein, 2015; a NC native, this Asheville artist illustrates the diversity of the pieces in the collection; it was nice to see a variety of forms instead of the usual vases

Steel Aqua Point, Alex Gabriel Bernstein, 2015; a NC native, this Asheville artist illustrates the diversity of the pieces in the collection; it was nice to see a variety of forms instead of the usual vases

Cosmo, Lino Tagliapietra, 1992; as a teacher and mentor, Tagliapietra has played a key role in the international exchange of glassblowing processes and techniques between the principal American centers and his native Murano, Italy

Cosmo, Lino Tagliapietra, 1992; as a teacher and mentor, Tagliapietra has played a key role in the international exchange of glassblowing processes and techniques between the principal American centers and his native Murano, Italy

Calare, Toots Zynsky, 2014; this artist (what a name!) studied with Dale Chihuly at the Rhode Island School of Design as well as at the famous Pilchuck Glass School outside of Seattle

Calare, Toots Zynsky, 2014; this artist (what a name!) studied with Dale Chihuly at the Rhode Island School of Design as well as at the famous Pilchuck Glass School outside of Seattle

Spectral Wonder, Jon Kuhn, 1992; I'd love to know how this piece was made; the collection has no pieces of factory art (ie pieces made by Tiffany, Lalique or Steuben)

Spectral Wonder, Jon Kuhn, 1992; I'd love to know how this piece was made; the collection has no pieces of factory art (ie pieces made by Tiffany, Lalique or Steuben)

Exhausted Tawdry Buns, Stephen Rolfe Powell, 2000; the artist is primarily known for his elaborately colored three-foot glass vessels incorporating murrine; the museum is on Augusta's Riverwalk (basically a nice levee on the Savannah River)

Exhausted Tawdry Buns, Stephen Rolfe Powell, 2000; the artist is primarily known for his elaborately colored three-foot glass vessels incorporating murrine; the museum is on Augusta's Riverwalk (basically a nice levee on the Savannah River)

Whopper Vase, Dante Marioni, 1990; visiting the Morris Museum of Art was one of the primary reasons for the visit to Augusta; the city is just an hour SW of much nicer Columbia SC

Whopper Vase, Dante Marioni, 1990; visiting the Morris Museum of Art was one of the primary reasons for the visit to Augusta; the city is just an hour SW of much nicer Columbia SC

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Great watching the 2021 US Open with friends

It was wonderful spending time with these great friends; I hadn't seen David Romero in many years and we also visited with Jason Coronado who was working at the US Open (he's taking time away from teaching at the moment)

It was wonderful spending time with these great friends; I hadn't seen David Romero in many years and we also visited with Jason Coronado who was working at the US Open (he's taking time away from teaching at the moment)

The most exciting tennis I saw was from Spanish teen Carlos Alcaraz who defeated Stefanos Tsitsipas in a thriller; Alcaraz displayed a fierce baseline game similar to Nadal's but at times his youth and inexperience crept in, but a great tournament for him

The most exciting tennis I saw was from Spanish teen Carlos Alcaraz who defeated Stefanos Tsitsipas in a thriller; Alcaraz displayed a fierce baseline game similar to Nadal's but at times his youth and inexperience crept in, but a great tournament for him

Coco Gauff had already lost in singles so I caught her first doubles match with partner Caty McNally (17 and 19 years old respectively); they defeated a veteran pair and ultimately made it the finals before falling in a three set match

Coco Gauff had already lost in singles so I caught her first doubles match with partner Caty McNally (17 and 19 years old respectively); they defeated a veteran pair and ultimately made it the finals before falling in a three set match

Our group arrived Wednesday before remnants of Hurricane Ida flooded NYC (and 100s of cars at the US Open) that night; play had to be stopped on Armstrong Stadium (which had the roof closed) due to rain blowing in through the sides of the structure

Our group arrived Wednesday before remnants of Hurricane Ida flooded NYC (and 100s of cars at the US Open) that night; play had to be stopped on Armstrong Stadium (which had the roof closed) due to rain blowing in through the sides of the structure

We watched Novak Djokovic practice but given the fact that he chose to conduct a tournament during the pandemic with no restrictions in place (resulting in many players getting sick) and his strong anti-vaccine opinions, I rooted against him

We watched Novak Djokovic practice but given the fact that he chose to conduct a tournament during the pandemic with no restrictions in place (resulting in many players getting sick) and his strong anti-vaccine opinions, I rooted against him

Jannik Sinner is only 20 years old with a ranking of 14 in the world; I watched him beat a relatively unknown American; Sinner grew up in northern Italy and played very few tennis events as a junior including none of the junior Grand Slam tournaments

Jannik Sinner is only 20 years old with a ranking of 14 in the world; I watched him beat a relatively unknown American; Sinner grew up in northern Italy and played very few tennis events as a junior including none of the junior Grand Slam tournaments

Arthur Ashe Stadium, with a capacity of 22771, is the largest tennis arena in the world (the 16,100 seat Indian Wells Stadium is second); our group visited for the Thursday and Friday day sessions the first week of the tournament

Arthur Ashe Stadium, with a capacity of 22771, is the largest tennis arena in the world (the 16,100 seat Indian Wells Stadium is second); our group visited for the Thursday and Friday day sessions the first week of the tournament

I hadn't realized that former world no. 1 Garbine Muguruza was born in Venezuela before moving to Spain when she was 6; despite success at other Grand Slam tournaments, she's never made it past the fourth round here

I hadn't realized that former world no. 1 Garbine Muguruza was born in Venezuela before moving to Spain when she was 6; despite success at other Grand Slam tournaments, she's never made it past the fourth round here

The Grandstand Court (seats 8125) is just about the perfect size with every seat giving you a good view of the action; this year all calls were made electronically with no actual linespeople

The Grandstand Court (seats 8125) is just about the perfect size with every seat giving you a good view of the action; this year all calls were made electronically with no actual linespeople

Taylor Fritz, who captured the US Open boy's title in 2015, has never gone beyond the third round of a Grand Slam tournament; his mother played pro tennis and her family founded May Department Stores which ultimately merged with Macy's

Taylor Fritz, who captured the US Open boy's title in 2015, has never gone beyond the third round of a Grand Slam tournament; his mother played pro tennis and her family founded May Department Stores which ultimately merged with Macy's

Denis Shapovalov rose to prominence by reaching the semifinals at the 2017 Canadian Open as an 18-year-old, beating Juan Martín del Potro and Rafael Nadal; he was ranked 10 in the world last year but has never done very well at the majors

Denis Shapovalov rose to prominence by reaching the semifinals at the 2017 Canadian Open as an 18-year-old, beating Juan Martín del Potro and Rafael Nadal; he was ranked 10 in the world last year but has never done very well at the majors

This year, spectators had to be vaccinated to attend but the glances given vaccine cards was cursory at best; since 1978, the tournament has been played at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center in Flushing Park, Queens

This year, spectators had to be vaccinated to attend but the glances given vaccine cards was cursory at best; since 1978, the tournament has been played at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center in Flushing Park, Queens

Former world number 3, Sloane Stephens had a couple of good wins (Keys and Gauff) before falling to Angelique Kerber in the third round; I never knew that she dated Jack Sock for more than a year earlier in their careers

Former world number 3, Sloane Stephens had a couple of good wins (Keys and Gauff) before falling to Angelique Kerber in the third round; I never knew that she dated Jack Sock for more than a year earlier in their careers

There are separate tickets to the night sessions which start at 7pm on the two largest stadium courts (with the biggest names playing); the day session matches often run long so you can stay and watch past 7pm on all courts except those two stadium courts

There are separate tickets to the night sessions which start at 7pm on the two largest stadium courts (with the biggest names playing); the day session matches often run long so you can stay and watch past 7pm on all courts except those two stadium courts

Victoria Azarenka is a three-time finalist at the US Open, finishing runner-up to Serena Williams in both 2012 and 2013 and to Naomi Osaka in 2020 (after defeating Serena in the semis); we watched her fall to Muguruza in the 3rd round

Victoria Azarenka is a three-time finalist at the US Open, finishing runner-up to Serena Williams in both 2012 and 2013 and to Naomi Osaka in 2020 (after defeating Serena in the semis); we watched her fall to Muguruza in the 3rd round

We watched an aggressive Jenson Brooksby, coming off an excellent summer hard court season, defeat Taylor Fritz; he became the youngest American (he's 20) to reach the US Open fourth round since a then 20-year-old Andy Roddick did so in 2002

We watched an aggressive Jenson Brooksby, coming off an excellent summer hard court season, defeat Taylor Fritz; he became the youngest American (he's 20) to reach the US Open fourth round since a then 20-year-old Andy Roddick did so in 2002

As much as I love his backhand, the strong anti-vaccine stance taken by Stefanos Tsitsipas had me cheering for Carlos Alcaraz when we saw them compete; I first watched Tsitsipas at Indian Wells a few years ago and recognized the great potential he had

As much as I love his backhand, the strong anti-vaccine stance taken by Stefanos Tsitsipas had me cheering for Carlos Alcaraz when we saw them compete; I first watched Tsitsipas at Indian Wells a few years ago and recognized the great potential he had

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