Sordoni Art Gallery at Wilkes University Presents Simply Picasso, May 31 through June 2

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The exhibition features a single original artwork by the father of modern art, Pablo Picasso.

The Sordoni Art Gallery at Wilkes University presents Simply Picasso fromMay 31 through June 2. The pop-up exhibition features a ceramic piece created by Pablo Picasso at the Madoura pottery studio in Vallauris, France. The piece will be on display and open to the public from 12 noon to 4 p.m. during the three-day exhibition.    

Pablo Picasso is considered one of the most influential artists of modern art. He was also a sculptor, printmaker, ceramics artist, etching artist and writer. His first pivotal artwork, Les Demoiselles d’Avignon was painted at the age of 26. His illustrious career included the painting Three Musicians, The Dream and Guernica. After spending most of his life in France, Picasso died in Mougins at the age of 91.

Picasso visited Vallauris in 1946 where he befriended Suzanne and Georges Ramie who owned Madoura. During this time, Picasso created over 600 works in clay, many of which were editions created in the studio. Madoura pottery studio is still in existence today.

The Sordoni Art Gallery will host a lecture for gallery members at 7 p.m. on Thursday, May 30. This members-only event will feature Garth Johnson, curator of ceramics at Everson Museum.  The lecture is preceded by a reception at 6 p.m.  Individuals interested in becoming a member of the gallery may join in advance to attend the lecture. RSVP is required. Contact Nicole Lewis at or (570) 408-5815 for membership information and reservations.

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The $3 million, 7,000-square-foot Sordoni Art Gallery is a culmination of a gallery revitalization plan to enrich the arts for students, faculty and staff while contributing to cultural life in the local community. More than double the size of the former gallery, the new space opened in 2017 and is outfitted for high-end national art exhibitions and includes versatile opportunities for teaching and learning. The gallery shares space with the Karambelas Media and Communication Center at 141 S. Main St. in Wilkes Barre.

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