Making Sarasota a Mecca for Glass | Ringling College Breaks Ground on Visual Arts Center, Which Will House a Studio for the Creation of Art Glass

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Making Sarasota a Mecca for Glass | Ringling College Breaks Ground on Visual Arts Center, Which Will House a Studio for the Creation of Art Glass


Rife, Susan, Sarasota Herald Tribune


VISUAL ART

A glass-collecting Sarasota couple have stepped up their support of glass art in Sarasota with last week's groundbreaking for the Richard and Barbara Basch Visual Arts Center at the Ringling College of Art and Design.

The Basches previously had committed the bulk of their nearly 300- piece collection of studio art glass to the Ringling College. A gallery space in the school's Academic Center was opened in 2011 and has featured various works from their collection each year.

The current exhibit will__ be on display through__ March 19.__ "Each year - this is our__ seventh - we try to get a__ theme," said Barbara Basch.__ "This year it's 'Images of__ Nature in Glass.' We have__ so many pieces that suggest__ nature."__ Curator Mark Ormond__ typically determines the__ theme of each year's show__ and goes to the Basch__ home, in a gated neighbor-hood__ east of I-75, to choose__ works from the hundreds__ that crowd every space.__ "Richard and Barbara__ are such active collectors,"__ Ormond said. "Every year__ when I go to the house there__ are new pieces. It's excit-ing__ to be working with new__ pieces that no one has ever__ seen before, and to show__ the public how collect

ors__ refine their collections. "__ The pair collect studio__ art glass according to three__ rules, said Richard Basch:__ "The best we can find at__ a price we could afford;__ museum quality; and we__ both have to agree on the__ piece."__ Sometimes it takes a__ while for both of them to__ love a particular work. Case__ in point: A piece depicting__ a falcon that "Richard went__ crazy for," said Barbara__ Basch. "He really wanted__ that piece."__ She wasn't convinced,__ but bent the third rule a__ little. …

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