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The Bottom Line: Basha bags a part of Scottsdale art gallery

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Posted: Wednesday, April 13, 2005 6:25 am | Updated: 9:41 am, Fri Oct 7, 2011.

Chandler grocer Eddie Basha is expanding from artichokes to art. Basha, a Western art lover, has partnered with two others to acquire Trailside Galleries of Scottsdale and Jackson, Wyo.

Basha, a longtime collector and major supporter of the Cowboy Artists of America Association, had converted part of the company’s Chandler headquarters into a free art museum.

Basha will partner with some friends and longtime art advisers at Trailside, gallery managing partner Maryvonne Leshe and private art dealer Roxanne Hofman. The trio purchased the gallery from a Texas entrepreneur.

Trailside was established in 1963 in Wyoming and opened in Scottsdale in 1975. It helped launch the careers of renowned Western artists such as Joe Beeler and John Clymer.

Basha’s private collection is housed at his Zelma Basha Salmeri Gallery of Western American and Native American Art. Named after Basha’s aunt who was an artist, it contains original paintings, bronzes, Native American baskets and kachinas and old west hand guns, said Bashas’ spokesman Rob Johnson

LASER SAVES FOOT

A laser company in Mesa said it helped save a diabetic man’s foot from amputation.

Erchonia Medical said the patient’s foot had become so decayed, amputation was imminent.

"After surgically removing the gangrenous area that destroyed a significant portion of the patients’ foot, the doctors tried the noninvasive laser treatment in a last ditch effort to preserve the foot," the company said in a statement.

"The laser treatment was surprisingly effective. Although the man lost a portion of one toe, his foot was returned to near-normal appearance and functionality."

The surgery was performed in Indiana using a laser that was donated by Erchonia for research.

UNIVERSITY EXPANSION

The University of Phoenix will take more space at Stapley Center in Mesa.

In two transactions totaling more than $7 million, the university renewed its 38,0000-square-foot lease at the center and expanded by more 9,000 more square feet, according to Tramell Crow, which represented the school. The new space will be used for additional classrooms.

BOTTOM’S UP

Apparently, we aren’t too good about taking our supplements.

General Nutrition Centers listed Mesa-Phoenix as one of its 10 "least fortified" cities. GNC determined the rankings by studying the vitamin intake and other nutritional factors of 94 geographic markets sampled by the Center for Disease Control and Prevention.

We ranked 86th, just behind Dallas. Bethesda-Frederick-Gaithersburg, Md. was the most fortified area and Wichita, Kan. finished last.

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