DALLAS (CBSDFW.COM) – The Chihuly exhibition has been extended through December 31 as a holiday gift to the City of Dallas from the Arboretum Board of Directors.

“The citizens of Dallas will now be able to enjoy the Chihuly exhibition throughout the holiday season because of the generous gift from the Board of Directors,” Mayor Mike Rawlings said. “We thank the board for bringing this exhibition to Dallas and we applaud their efforts in extending the show to ensure it is enjoyed for two more months.”

Initially set to close on November 5, the dramatic works of art by Chihuly have been seen by over 461,332 visitors since opening on May 5, with many visiting multiple times over the past six months prompting membership to grow by around 34% from 25,200 to over 33,874.

Not only are people visiting the exhibition, they are also taking Chihuly gift items related to the exhibition home with them as gift store sales have reached nearly $1.3 million. That includes purchases of over 61 Chihuly Studio Editions and 56 lithograph. Extending the exhibition will give visitors a chance to purchase Chihuly gift items for the holidays available in the Hoffman Family Gift Store.

“We have seen visitors from all over Texas, the country and the world,” said Brian Shivers, Chairman of the Board of the Botanic Garden. “The response was so great and we were hearing that people needed more time to visit and wanted to bring family and friends during the holidays.”

For information or tickets visit http://www.dallasarboretum.org/ or call 214.515.6515.

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