A glass act: Visiting our artsy neighbors to the south.

Just 35 miles south of Seattle, there’s an old railroad town where public art thrives, waterfront property reigns and the architectural landscape vacillates between gritty industrial and grand Victorian. Compared to Seattle (especially these days), the pace there feels significantly slower, the streets emptier, the buildings lower. (One welcomed difference? Empty parking spaces abound!)

The world-renowned glass artist discusses his fascinating medium — and surfing.

Though he has dabbled in business management, art education and pro surfing, Jean-Pierre Canlis is considered one of the most prolific glass artists working today. An alumnus of the famed Pilchuck Glass School and a former protégé of legendary glass artist Dale Chihuly, the Hawaii native is best known

The Tacoma Art Museum celebrates the famous glass sculptor with a new exhibit

Since his days spent studying interior design at the University of Washington in the early 1960s, Tacoma native Dale Chihuly has conquered the world of glass art, sculpture and design. His unique talent has earned him universal praise as an artist, and his collections have appeared worldwide. This month, Chihuly’s work will make a grand return to his hometown.