Chihuly glass work to raise funds for Big Island program

The world's most famous glass artist, Dale Chihuly, has donated three edition glass sculptures for sale during the down Hilo Heritage Walk next month to benefit the Hawaii Center for Learning Science Through.Chihuly originals can run hundreds of thousand of dollars.

Edition pieces generally retail for under $10,000.

Chihuly, a resident of the Seattle area who has pieces on permanent display at the Honolulu Academy of Art, assisted Alice Clark of Waimea in starting the Hawaii program in 1999. It began in Waimea, moved to Keaau High School and is now part of the curriculum at Kealakehe High School. It has served 450 students to date.

"The purpose of HCLSTA is to promote self-understanding, self-esteem and improved academic performance in math and science through self-expression and inquiry-based exploration of conceptual science as the student works with glass," Alice Clark said.

The Downtown Hilo Heritage Walk will be held 5 p.m.-9 p.m., Friday, Aug. 13, at the Chase Gallery, 100 Kamehameha Avenue, Hilo. "This is a rare opportunity for Hawaii Island residents to see Chihuly pieces," said proprietor Carolyn Chase. Student works will also be on display. "It's also exciting to provide students an opportunity to show their first creative efforts with glass," Chase said.

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