Louise Bascom, writer, and Watson Barratt, New York set-designer, were a visionary couple who called New York home and Highlands heaven. Their dream was to preserve the fine art and craft of the region. In addition to creating a place for regional artists to exhibit their work in a wing of the Hudson Library, their gift of a gallery in Highlands inspired the establishment of a collection. In the late 1980s, a committee began collecting works of regional artists to display in what was known then as the Bascom-Louise Gallery (now, The Bascom). The collection has grown tremendously over the years and now includes works by some of the best-known artists and craftsmen of the region. The Bascom receives an annual donation from Richard Joel and his Bel Canto committee, which sponsors a concert to benefit the arts. The many dedicated members of The Bascom, and Richard Joel and the Bel Canto Committee, have supported and expanded the Collection into a reputable collection.

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Due to The Highlands Food and Wine Fest "Truckin" ticketed event being held at The Bascom
Our facility will be closed Thursday, November 8th and Friday, November 9th to the public.
We will resume normal hours on Saturday.
Monday - Saturday
 10 am – 5 pm  
Noon - 5 pm 
Monday - Friday 
9 am - 5 pm
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323 Franklin Road
Highlands, NC 28741
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