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Updated: 11/06/2014 01:43:50PM

Raining art shows, plays and more along the Cultural Coast

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I never lack for a reason to visit the John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art. This week I have two additional reasons — the Phil and Nancy Kotler collection of art glass and “Intent to Deceive: Fakes and Forgeries.” Art glass has long fascinated me, possibly because my father’s cousin Edris Eckhart was one of the people who led the way in developing then-new techniques. This collection is a fitting addition to the museum. The second exhibit is just plain intriguing because it features art that was created to deceive and not always for the same reasons. In this show, visitors even have the opportunity to see if they can tell the difference between the real work of an artist and a fake or forged work. Why they did it and how they were caught also is revealed. The Ringling is one of the nation’s most valuable museums and it is just up the street at 5401 Bay Shore Road in Sarasota. Visit

Hot on the heels of last week’s international festival at Venice Theatre, comes the June 26 opening of Banyan Theater’s 13th season.

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