Modernism Museum Mount Dora welcomes Esherick biographer and relative Mansfield Bascom

Mansfield Bascom, seated in artist Wendell Castle's chair, holding the book he authored - "Wharton Esherick: The Journey of a Creative Mind." (Wharton Esherick woodblock print in left background.)

Modernism Museum Mount Dora was pleased to host an honored guest last week from Paoli, Pennsylvania.

Mr. Mansfield Bascom, 93, son-in-law of Wharton Esherick, was in town to peruse his late father-in-law’s exhibit and to spend an afternoon in Mount Dora.  The visit was timed to take advantage of Modernism Museum’s current exhibit, titled ‘Esherick to Nakashima,’ prominently featuring the world-class collection of artist and craftsman, Wharton Esherick.

Mansfield “Bob” Bascom, was married to Wharton Esherick’s daughter Ruth – who passed away last year at the age of 93. Bascom is the author of the biography “Wharton Esherick: The Journey of a Creative Mind.” It is more than just a chronicle of Wharton Esherick’s lifestyle, art, and the personal drive that resulted in the creation of the American Studio Furniture Movement.

The book is a meticulously written compendium of all things Esherick, packed with opulent photographic images, celebrating his unique lifetstyle and creativity.   The opulent illustrations within the book relate Esherick’s creations – sculpture, paintings, woodcut prints, and furnishings. The book is available for purchase at the Modernism Museum Shoppe, across the street from the museum, on Fourth Avenue.

The ‘Esherick to Nakashima’ exhibit, including renowned works by Wharton Esherick, Wendell Castle and George Nakashima runs through late 2016.  The current exhibit is gathering international attention and kudos for its American studio craft collection through publications such as 1stdibs®.

The museum is also quickly becoming the downtown venue for gatherings and cultural programs and concerts – from bonsai workshops, to lectures on art and art history, to jazz concerts, and evenings with violinists.  Upcoming events include an April 9 concert, ‘An Evening with Beth McKee,’ and a May 21 workshop inspired by Wharton Esherick’s woodblock prints.

For more information on the Modernism Museum Mount Dora, visit their website: Website  Hours of Operation: Tuesday – Sunday, 10am-5pm   (closed all major Holidays)  Admission $8 adults, $7 Seniors & College Students with I.D., $5 for ages 4-17 with student I.D., Mount Dora residents, Military and Service Personnel 50% off with I.D.