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Board of Directors Approves the Acquisition of Nine Objects for the Collection

Board of Directors Approves the Acquisition of Nine Objects for the Collection

Posted on Dec 17, 2015, by

The Board of Directors of Bergstrom-Mahler Museum of Glass approved the acquisition of ten objects for the collection at the board meeting on December 16th: The objects include seven paperweights and two contemporary glass objects.

Jerry Silverstein and Robert Zimmerman gifted four weights:

Jim D’Onofrio (b.1951), Arizona, USA. Blue Frog paperweight, 1997
David Graeber, New Jersey, USA. Yellow Rose Bouquet with Blue Forget-Me-Nots and Blueberries paperweight, 2010
Ken Rosenfeld, Oregon, USA. Sunflower and Ladybugs paperweight, 2000
Ken Rosenfeld, Oregon, USA. Stylized Bouquet paperweight, 1992

Ray Smith gifted one weight in memory of his wife, Betty Smith:

Paul Stankard (b.1943), Mantua, NJ. Orchids paperweight, 1977

Gordon Park gifted two weights:

Rick Ayotte (b.1944), New Hampshire, USA. California Quail with Desert Scene, 1991
Rick Ayotte (b.1944), New Hampshire, USA. Pyrrhopyge Creon Butterfly, 1991

Bruce and Judy Bendoff gifted two contemporary objects:

Fritz Dreisbach (b.1941), Washington, USA. Mongo Vase, 1989
Stephen Hodder (b.1951), Minnesota, USA. Order & Disorder #12, 1984
Kreg Kallenberger View At Lake Meade, 1995

“Adding to museum collections increases educational capabilities.  This includes expanding capacity on multiple levels,” remarked museum executive director, Jan Mirenda Smith.  “By adding new artists to a collection, we are able to offer a broader representation to our visitors of the expansive scope of glass art.  If we add new works by artists or makers who are already represented, we provide depth and new knowledge of an artist’s style and career path, or a manufacturer’s diversification in a marketplace.  When we document the works that are taken in, we add to the history and information about this particular genre, artist, time period or maker which contributes to more in-depth visitor knowledge, as well as the global research and awareness of the work.  In this capacity, museums serve the greater public good by becoming repositories and places of preservation of objects, history, and cultural information.”

The museum staff is grateful to the collecting community for its generosity in advancing the mission of the museum to engage, excite and educate its audiences with glass.

The objects pictured above from left to right are:

Fritz Dreisbach (b.1941), Washington, USA. Mongo Vase, 1989
Jim D’Onofrio (b.1951), Arizona, USA. Blue Frog paperweight, 1997
Paul Stankard (b.1943), Mantua, NJ. Orchids paperweight, 1977
Rick Ayotte (b.1944), New Hampshire, USA. Pyrrhopyge Creon Butterfly, 1991

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