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Yukon father, son develop talents in glass blowing to lofty levels
YUKON — If you love beautiful glass art and excellent Italian food, Italian Jim’s Pizzeria in Yukon should be on your list of places to visit soon. The small family-owned restaurant is like a mini gallery of original glass blown by owner Chris McGahan and his son, Micah McGahan.A white blown-glass chandelier dangles from the ceiling between the two small rooms of the cozy, casual restaurant. A Dale Chihuly-esque ceiling montage of glass pieces draws patrons’ eyes upward, and every wall is adorned with brightly hued platters of many shapes, sizes and colors, all hand-blown by the McGahans in their home glass studio they call Bella Forte. "I like colors that reach out and slap you across the room,” Chris McGahan said. "I like it to get your attention. That’s why we call it Bella Forte. ‘Bella’ means beautiful, and ‘forte’ means loud or strong.” McGahan’s love of glass blowing started about 14 years ago when he saw a public television special about glass blowing. He was taken with the art and watched that video many times during the following years until he accidentally recorded over it. His wife, Linda McGahan, remembered Chris’ disappointment over losing the video. For his birthday four years ago, his wife bought him a round of glass blowing lessons as a gift.