Tiffany exhibit arrives in Richmond

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RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) – The Virginia Museum of Fine Arts re-opened less than a month ago and already 60,000 people have come to visit. The Tiffany exhibit is expected to at least double that figure bringing in people from around the country.

Intricate patterns... swirls of color... flowers... stained glass church windows. "Tiffany: Color and Light" has arrived in Richmond from Montreal, and before that, Paris; the only three cities in the world to carry it.

"We were able to obtain incredible master pieces from Russia, from Paris," said the director of the Montreal Museum of Arts, Nathalie Bondil.

The collection includes famous Tiffany lamps, stained glass windows, vases, paintings, even works of silver from Louis Comfort Tiffany, the son of the famous jewelry makers.

Rosaline Pepall is the senior curator for the exhibit. She said, "Tiffany wanted to be an artist to start out. He rejected working his father's Tiffany company firm and gradually he became so interested in glass that he became a glass designer and artist."

Dozens got a preview of the exhibit Thursday, before it officially opens to the public this holiday weekend.

"It's just magnificent, the color the light, the composition. I had no idea that he created so many works in different mediums," said guest Tamera Wilkins.

The Virginia Museum of Fine Arts actually touts one of the three best Tiffany collections in the world. The museum loaned the exhibit several of the pieces that have traveled the world.

"People from Philadelphia, Atlanta, Washington D.C., especially; from Northern Virginia, from the coast, lots of people, this is their only opportunity to see these great Tiffany treasures," said Alex Nyerges, Director of the VMFA.

The exhibition opens this Saturday, May 29 and runs through August 15.

While the museum is free to the public, the Tiffany exhibition costs $15 a person. It's $12 for seniors, students with ID and children ages 7 to 17. VMFA members and children under 7 are free.

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