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Chihuly exhibit boon for Virginia museum

Monday - 2/11/2013, 7:30am  ET

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) -- Attendance and sales at the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts soared during an exhibit of glass artist Dale Chihuly's (chuh-HOO'-lee) works.

The exhibit opened Oct. 20, 2012, and ended its run Sunday.

Museum deputy director Robin Nicholson tells the Richmond Times-Dispatch (http://bit.ly/WdrcZP ) that museum officials expected the exhibit o draw 115,000 visitors. But the final total could be closer to 160,000.

The Museum Shop had record sales in November, December and January.

The food service/special events department also broke in a record. December was the department's highest-grossing month.

Two pieces will remain at the museum on extended loan.

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Information from: Richmond Times-Dispatch, http://www.timesdispatch.com


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