Enjoy fine art, and fine bourbon, through Oct. 7 at Maker’s Mark distillery’s ‘Chihuly at Maker’s’ exhibit

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Dale Chihuly’s “Crimson and Chestnut Fiori Boat” was created specifically for the landscape at Maker’s Mark Distillery (Photo from Lebanon Tourist & Convention Commission)

See the art of bourbon making and the world-renowned glass art of Dale Chihuly at a limited-run special exhibition at Maker’s Mark Distillery in Loretto, KY. Showcasing seven dramatic large-scale installations against the backdrop of the architecture and grounds of this National Historic Landmark, “Chihuly at Maker’s” offers both daytime and nighttime tours. Visit www.MakersMark.com for event details and tickets.

“Just as my grandparents, the founders of Maker’s Mark, first envisioned, we’re committed to enhancing our visitor experience with culturally immersive opportunities unlike any other distillery in the world,” said Rob Samuels, COO of the bourbon brand now owned by Suntory in a news release. “Creating our handmade bourbon isn’t a job – it’s an art form. It’s an honor to have formed such a lasting relationship with world-renowned artist Dale Chihuly.”

From now through October 7, 2017, visitors to Maker’s Mark will enjoy more than an informative and up-close look at one of the world’s most famous bourbons, known for its signature red wax label. During this time, the distillery will take a turn for the dramatic with Chihuly’s remarkable art, which was inspired by the artist’s 2014 visit.

“Sapphire and Platinum Waterdrop Tower” (Photo from Lebanon Tourist & Convention Commission)

Visitors can take a self-guided daytime tour of the site-specific installations during a distillery tour or visit 6-10 p.m. on Saturday nights, July 22 through Oct. 7, for Chihuly Nights. The evening tours are nothing short of spectacular, with unforgettable works of art presented as darkness descends over the distillery.

Visitors can make an evening of it with dinner at Maker’s Mark’s new restaurant, Star Hill Provisions, and enjoy “haute Kentucky” farm-to-table cuisine with each dish chosen and prepared to harmonize with selected bourbons. Tickets for Dinner at Chihuly Nights are $100 each and include admission to Chihuly Nights, a three-course communal dinner and paired cocktails. Seatings are available at 5:30 and 7:30 p.m. and are limited.

Chihuly’s works of art may be found throughout the grounds, with two in the Visitor Center and cellar and four outdoors. “Red Reeds” features elongated tubes arranged in the ground. “Summer Sun” has more than 1,600 red, orange and yellow glass twirls and ties in with the signature red wax and red shutters of Maker’s Mark. “Red Baskets” showcases an array of classic Chihuly forms that were inspired by native Northwest Coast baskets that the artist began creating in 1977.

Works created specifically for the distillery site include “Crimson and Chestnut Fiori Boat,” an 18-foot-wide wooden boat with an array of whimsical, nature-inspired shapes arranged inside, and “Sapphire and Platinum Waterdrop Tower,” located near a natural spring and standing 12 feet tall, with blue glass arranged on a steel tower.

Additionally, Chihuly’s devastatingly brilliant ceiling installation, “The Spirit of the Maker,” which debuted in 2014, may be seen just outside the tasting room.

To see the exhibition during the day, simply purchase a ticket for a Maker’s Mark’s distillery tour. Tickets for Chihuly Nights, Saturdays, July 22-Oct. 7, are $20/adults and $10/children 12 and under and may be purchased at Makersmark.com. For more information, visit MakersMark.com and click on “Chihuly at Maker’s” or call 270-865-2099. For information about visiting Lebanon, KY, visit www.VisitLebanonKy.com.

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