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How Picasso got into ceramics

Pablo Picasso was 65 years old when he first tried his hand at ceramics, and he’s thought to have designed about 4,000 pieces. Museum officials said that by the time Picasso started creating ceramics in Vallauris, France, the home of Madoura pottery, he was world famous and his paintings were way out of financial reach for most people. He saw the ceramics as a way to make his work more affordable and available to people interested in making an acquisition.

Monthaven Arts and Cultural Center (MACC) is a nonprofit art museum located at 1017 Antebellum Circle, just off Gallatin Road in Hendersonville. The Monthaven mansion, most of which was built in the 1850s, was originally part of 640 acres granted to Henry Rule for service in the Revolutionary War. The two-story home served as a field hospital during the Civil War. Now owned by the city of Hendersonville, the mansion’s main floor provides four lovely art galleries and the upstairs rooms are used for art classes for more than 400 youth and adult students.

Admission is free but donations are accepted. Hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday and 1-5 p.m. on Sundays. Details: monthavenartsandculturalcenter.com or 615-822-0789

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