Collectors Tours

--COLLECTORS TOUR--$1,200 per person (20 available spots)

Limited space available. Requires additional fee. Conference pass NOT included.

This special multi-day tour of St. Petersburg and Sarasota provides a behind-the-scenes look into the homes of several Florida-based glass collectors.  Whether you are interested in collecting artwork yourself or want an exclusive look at the collections of others, the Collectors Tour is always an annual conference favorite! Transportation and meal costs included.  Please note that some of the tours may conflict with regularly scheduled Conference events. 

Additional stops on the Collectors Tour include the Kotler-Coville Glass Pavilion and the Richard & Barbara Basch Visual Arts Center.

In January 2018, the John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art in Sarasota, Florida revealed the new contemporary Kotler-Coville Glass Pavilion. It is the entrance to a 5,500-square foot space and the new Studio Glass Museum Wing which showcases the museums expanded glass collection. It is also a gathering space for the historic theater.

The new Richard & Barbara Basch Visual Arts Center is designed and built to accommodate hands-on fabrication and art-making with its facilities for glass (hot shop and cold shop), woodworking, printmaking, photography, sculpture, and digital fabrication.  While the exterior is visually stunning, the interior is designed for robust use--maximizing space, equipment, and collaboration.  A gallery allows for exhibitions and activities that celebrate the work and production of both emerging and established artists.

*Please note, as of October 15, home tours are still being planned and updated, please keep checking the website to see the final tour schedule 



8:00 am        Depart St. Petersburg for Sarasota

9:30 am        Arrive Margaret Pennington’s home--coffee and pastries served

10:30 am      Depart Margaret Pennington’s home.

                    Travel to home of Barbara & Richard Basch

10:45 am      Arrive at Barbara and Richard Basch home

11:45 am      Depart Basch home and travel to Mad Fish Grill for lunch

Noon-1 pm    Lunch at Mad Fish Grill

1:00 pm        Depart for Gigi and Ben Huberman’s home

1:30 pm        Arrive at Huberman’s home– coffee and desserts served

2:30 pm        Depart Huberman’s home and travel to Phil and Nancy Kotler’s home

3:15 pm        Arrive at Kotler’s home

4:15             Depart Sarasota for St. Petersburg

5:30             Arrive St. Petersburg

Dinner TBA Duncan McClellan/Pilchuck Reception


WEDNESDAY, March 27, 2019

Collector’s Tour and Day of Glass Special Event

8:30 am        Depart St. Petersburg for Sarasota

10:00 am      Arrive at The Ringling Museum.  Tour Kotler/Coville Pavilion

11:00 am      Opportunity to tour full Museum

Noon-1 pm    Lunch on the Grounds

1 pm             Travel to Ringling College

1:15 pm        Arrive on Ringling College Campus for Basch Gallery Tour and Hot Shop Demo 

3:00 pm        Depart Ringling College travel to Carol Camiener’s home

3:15 pm        Arrive Carol Camiener’s home--Light appetizers, sparkling waters, and wine 

4:15 pm        Depart for St. Pete

5:30 pm        Arrive in St. Pete

Additional charge for reception at Chihuly Collection / Dinner TBD


THURSDAY, March 28, 2019

9:15 am        Depart for Emily and Fred Gurtman’s Home

10:00 am      Arrive at Emily and Fred Gurtman”s Home – Continental breakfast served

11:30 am      Depart Gurtman’s Home

12:15 pm      Arrive at Hotel- Lunch on your own

2–5:00 pm    Opening Ceremony

5- 7:00 pm    Opening Reception

7-9:00 pm     Private Dinner – TD Glass Art Gallery. Tour TD Glass

                     Meet glass artist Trish Duggan and other artists TBA


FRIDAY, March 29, 2019

Breakfast on your own

9:45 am         Depart for Marion Rich’s home

10:30 am       Arrive at Marion Rich’s home.  Lunch provided.

12:15 pm       Depart Marion Rich’s home

1:00 pm         Arrive back at Hotel

Afternoon Lectures

5-7:00 pm      Habatat Pop-Up Strolling Dinner & Gallery Hop


SATURDAY, March 30, 2019

Breakfast on your own

Hot Demo with Stephen Powell.

Lunch at Duncan McClellan Gallery, Stephen Powell, Kazuki Takizawa, Richard Jolley and Tommie Rush will be in attendance.

Home Tour Tampa/Studio 620 Oben Abright

Back to Hotel

Additional charges to participate in Gala/Auction

Closing Party


The Glass Art Society reserves the right to deny applications for Technical Display, advertising participation, GAS membership or the conference from anyone for any reason.