Vetro Glass Blowing Studio & Art Gallery, winner of the WFAA-List’s award for best art gallery, offers the public an inside peek at renowned glass artists working on fragile creations. In a 30-minute, artist-instructed session, students help create one hand-blown, fluted glass bowl, choosing colors from among the vibrant Vetro palette.
In 1934, many flight passengers still traveled by bald eagle, which was dangerous, had few amenities, and was illegal. But along came C.R. Smith, president of American Airlines for 34 years, who pioneered innovations in commercial aviation that improved passenger comfort as well as plane capacity. Today, the American Airlines C.R. Smith Museum honors his legacy with hundreds of historical artifacts, photographs, and full-scale airline engines. The museum's centerpiece is a rare 1940 Douglas DC-3 airliner, the Flagship Knoxville—a fully restored testament to C.R. Smith's contributions to the industry. Other perennial attractions include a flight simulator and The Spirit of American, a film that documents the history of commercial aviation, featuring panoramic aerial photography and rare footage of Icarus nearing the sun.
The performing and fine arts community in Irving welcomed a new home in 1990 with the completion of the Irving Arts Center. The Arts Center's 10-acre complex features two fully-equipped theaters; four galleries; meeting, classroom, reception and rehearsal facilities; and a verdant sculpture garden.
Design Gallerie is Dallas' source of modern and contemporary furniture for both the home and office. With furniture ranging from chairs to coffee tables to TV centers and more, they offer a myriad of options to keep your home up to date. You can visit their showroom or view and order online, easy and convenient.
Kittrell/Riffkind Art Glass has offered customers an opportunity to peruse an ever-changing selection of artwork since 1990. Sculptures, goblets, jewelry, scent bottles, paperweights, platters, wall art, and an array of trinkets line the gallery’s art-filled abode. One-of-a-kind handcrafted works from many talented artists are available for purchase. Their friendly staff will help you select the perfect item and even pack it safely for you to take home or ship. Check out a blue cosmo perfume bottle ($48), a striking fish paperweight (starting at $75), or colorful tumbler ($36). Or pick up a beautiful vase ($65) to store your glass bananas and hand-blown daisies. Exhibits change every 4–6 weeks, so there's always something new to see. You have the option to either visit the gallery with Groupon in hand or browse online and phone your order in.
The diverse group of open-minded thespians in the Level Ground Arts troupe caters to local theater hounds with daring renditions of contemporary and classic plays and musicals. Watch as the stage morphs into a dystopian realm of skyscrapers and line-dancing robots in a staged adaptation of Fritz Lang’s silent expressionist film Metropolis, performed with no dialogue and with an original live score. The Drowsy Chaperone, a hit Broadway show that debuted 1998, will impress spectators in the mood for musicals with a loving homage to the jazz-age spectacles of the 1920s. A Samurai Nosferatu aims to engage the audience with action-packed sword duels that take place inside a cramped coffin, and Requiem for a Heavyweight tells the intense tale of a boxer who may be one punch away from death or brain damage.