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Last Chance to See Chihuly at The New York Botanical Garden.

Enormously Popular Exhibition Ends October 29, 2006

BRONX, N.Y., Oct. 5 /PRNewswire/ -- After a successful summer-long run, the first major display of Dale Chihuly's glass art in the New York area, Chihuly at The New York Botanical Garden, presented by Target, will end on October 29. Attracting huge crowds of enthusiastic visitors, the popular exhibition explores the visual relationship of glass and nature, showcasing spectacular glass sculptures among the Botanical Garden's premier plant collections and vistas. Audiences have praised the experience, calling it "spectacular," "wonderful," and "amazing." The show will run through October 29, 2006. Advance tickets are available through Ticketmaster. Visit http://www.nybg.org/ for more details.

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On Thursday evenings through October 26, visitors can also enjoy parts of the Chihuly exhibition for extended hours from 4-9 p.m. and view the sculptures dramatically lit. There will also be one final "Chihuly Night" on Saturday, October 28, right before the exhibition's conclusion. "Chihuly Nights" cost $25 and include musical entertainment on the Conservatory lawn. Previous acts have included acclaimed songwriter and pop-rock singer Erin McKeown, the electro-acoustic pop sensations The Epochs, and Grammy Award-winning guitarist and songwriter Jesse Harris. Other musicians scheduled to perform during "Chihuly Nights" include cabaret singer Valerie Lemon with Musical Director Don Rebic, jazz artists Jamie and Michael Leonhart, the Brazilian pop band The Mosquitos, the exciting Latin-tinged jazz of The Rodriguez Brothers, and the blue-grass performers The Be Good Tanyas. Advance tickets for "Chihuly Nights" are available through Ticketmaster.

Art meets nature in Dale Chihuly's dramatic installations at the Botanical Garden, Tuesdays through Sundays, 10 a.m. until 6 p.m., through October 29. The main location is the landmark Enid A. Haupt Conservatory, itself a magnificent glass structure, which enhances Chihuly's organic shapes and brilliant colors beautifully. A 20-foot-tall tower weighing over 4,000 pounds, the Rose Crystal Tower, greets visitors at the Conservatory entrance.

An intriguing variety of monumental sculptures made from thousands of hand-blown glass parts dazzle visitors throughout the galleries of America's premier glasshouse. A 25-foot-tall Palm Dome Tower sculpture rises from the Conservatory's reflecting pool, surrounded by living palms. Chihuly's delicate Ikebana forms enliven the pool of the Aquatic Plants and Vines Gallery.

The Conservatory courtyards offer an especially rich combination of art and nature. Glass forms -- Blue Herons, Niijima Floats, onion-shaped Walla Wallas, a Blue Boat full of indigo and lavender pieces, and a Yellow Boat overflowing with amber, orange, and green glass -- float in the elegant pools among exotic waterlilies and colorful lotus. A special highlight in the courtyards is Dale Chihuly's first-ever Neon Tower, a 20-foot-tall spire in two shades of green. The Neon Tower is an impressive feat of art and engineering using over half a mile of neon tubing.

In the Conservatory's Deserts of the Americas Gallery, a Persian Chandelier hangs 30 feet overhead with Neodymium Reeds and a Basket Forest beneath, and a stunning Desert Star floats above equally spiky euphorbias in the Deserts of Africa Gallery. In the Seasonal Galleries, a multi-colored Polyvitro Chandelier is suspended above a pool bordered by colorful coleus plants in a vivid array of hues specially selected by the Botanical Garden's Horticulture staff for this exhibition. Brightly colored Neodymium Twisted Reeds mingle with equally bright cannas throughout the length of the gallery, leading back to the Conservatory entrance.

Visitors can also see Chihuly installations at other locations across the Botanical Garden, including a massive Sun sculpture set in the reflecting pool of the Leon Levy Visitor Center, Fiddlehead Ferns and Polyvitro Crystals in the Everett Children's Adventure Garden, a Macchia Forest in the Bourke-Sullivan Display House of the Nolen Greenhouses for Living Collections, and Cobalt Fiori, Reeds, and Floats at the entrance to the Peggy Rockefeller Rose Garden.

Shop in the Garden features a special display of Studio Edition Glass by Dale Chihuly available for purchase. In addition, throughout the run of the Chihuly exhibition a variety of collectors will be on hand to assist visitors in the Shop, a rare opportunity to explore a remarkable artist's work in an extraordinary setting and to purchase art glass with expert guidance. Also available are Original Limited Edition Prints by Chihuly, as well as books, posters, and notecards. All purchases at Shop in the Garden, including that of Chihuly artwork, support the Botanical Garden's pursuit of excellence in horticulture, science, and education.

While viewing the Chihuly exhibition, visitors are encouraged to explore The New York Botanical Garden's 250 acres of beautiful gardens and collections and its full array of educational, scientific, and horticultural exhibitions and programs. Tram tours depart regularly throughout the day. The whole family can enjoy the Everett Children's Adventure Garden, where children can create a Chihuly-inspired art project and draw a picture of their favorite Chihuly sculpture, as well as the Ruth Rea Howell Family Garden. A wide range of Continuing Education classes is also available.

Please visit http://www.nybg.org/ for updates and a full schedule of events as you plan your visit.

Ticket and Parking Procedures during Chihuly at The New York Botanical Garden
 Admission prices:
 Adults $20, Seniors/Students $18, Children (2-12 years) $5
 Advance purchase of tickets through Ticketmaster advised
 Visit Ticketmaster.com or call 212.220.0503




Parking is limited. Use of Metro-North or subway is recommended, especially on weekends. The New York Botanical Garden, at Bronx River Parkway and Fordham Road, is easy to reach via Metro-North direct to Botanical Garden Station. On-site self-parking (Tues.-Sun.) is $10. Valet parking (Sat. & Sun.) is $15.
 Presented by Target
 Major support from Jack and Susan Rudin
 Exhibitions in the Conservatory are made possible by Enid A. Haupt

 Media Contacts: Nick Leshi or Maria Izquierdo 718.817.8616.
 Images available.



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