Monthaven Art and Cultural Center

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Monthaven Arts and Cultural Center (MACC) in Hendersonville will present Picasso Ceramics: Master in Clay/Part II, its second Picasso exhibition in recent years.

On view from September 17 through November 12, the exhibit commemorates the 50th anniversary of the death of legendary Spanish artist Pablo Picasso. The acclaimed master of multiple mediums passed away in 1973 at age 91 in Mougins, a hilltop village on the French Riviera.

The exhibition will showcase 60 of the renowned Picasso’s Edition Ceramics, made in partnership with Suzanne and Georges Ramié, from 1947 until 1971. The couple owned the Madoura Pottery studio in Vallauris, a quaint seaside town in the south of France. Picasso’s line of earthenware ceramics feature whimsical depictions of Greek mythological figures, along with fanciful renditions of owls, fish, birds, women and bullfighting scenes.

The mass-produced, functional ceramic ware that Picasso designed, in association with the Ramiés, provided him with an avenue for making his work extremely affordable and readily accessible to a much wider audience. He also liked the inherent simplicity of the generic, press-molded plates, platters, and bowls, which were said to remind him of the informality of his homeland.

Picasso Ceramics: Master in Clay/Part II at the MACC will be complemented by a dozen of the artist’s famed Imaginary Portraits, created late in his career in 1969, as well as a trio of his prized linocuts.

The Picasso works are drawn from the collection of Albert and Mitsie Scaglione of Southfield, Michigan. Avid, longtime collectors, the Scagliones are the founders of the Park West Museum, the Park West Gallery and Park West Foundation.

The exhibition at the MACC is being offered to the public free of charge.

MACC Executive Director Cheryl Strichik anticipates that Picasso Ceramics: Master in Clay/Part II will be exceptionally popular with museum goers when it opens next month. More than 10,000 visitors attended Monthaven’s first Picasso Edition Ceramics exhibition, shown during the late summer and fall of 2019.

Kaylin Warden

External Affairs Coordinator

Kaylin Warden joined the Monthaven Arts and Cultural Center staff in 2024 as External Affairs Coordinator. In this post, she organizes special off-site events and manages the organization’s external communications. She also works with the development department by updating the MACC’s customer relations database, and she assists the executive director in setting up exhibitions. Above all else, Kaylin is passionate about the arts. It comes as no surprise, then, that she is now pursuing a master’s degree in art history. When she’s not at the MACC, you can find her reading her favorite books (especially ones dealing with maritime mysteries), cooking, gardening, playing with her cat and two dogs, and cheering for the Nashville Predators.

Ruth Chase

Regional Arts Director
Ruth Chase is the Regional Arts Director of Monthaven Arts and Cultural Center, joining the team in 2023. For Ruth, the job is all about community, bringing people together to uplift and educate artists and art lovers alike. Her role at Monthaven is to strengthen the local artist community and build connections that will enrich Hendersonville and our surrounding communities through art exhibitions, art education, and opportunities for regional artists.
Prior to joining Monthaven, Ruth worked in the arts for over 30 years and is a multimedia artist and graduate of the San Francisco Art Institute. Her artistic practice is inquiry-based and engages in community bridge-building. She was awarded a Certificate of Appreciation from the City of Los Angeles, curated and juried exhibitions, and has taught at the Crocker Art Museum.
Ruth was awarded an Artist-in-Residence for Artist Activating Communities through a grant from the California Arts Council for three consecutive years. Her film Belonging screened at both the 18th Annual Nevada City Film Festival and Wild & Scenic Film Festival. She has received the Legendary Female Artist of Venice award, and she has exhibited in The Crocker Kingsley, the Museum of Northern California Art, and the Diego Rivera Gallery at the San Francisco Art Institute. Ruth also continues her work as a Curatorial Consultant and Art director for the Californian Indigenous Research Project, where she has worked with the local tribe since 2018.