(Wilkes-Barre) The Sordoni Art Gallery at Wilkes University opens the exhibition, A WORLD APART: THE LEGACY OF GEORGE GABIN on Tuesday, January 14, with an opening reception to take place on Thursday, January 16, 4 - 6 p.m. The exhibition will be on view through May 11, 2014.
Born in 1931 and growing up in the Coney Island section of Brooklyn, as a youth, George Gabin showed a precocious talent in art, beginning his formal studies at the School of Brooklyn Museum. While still in high school Gabin won a scholarship to study at the Museum of Modern Art and was included in an exhibition at the museum a short year later.
Spanning the length of his career, the ideas inherent in his work were, “about the recognition of the value of life, the cherishing of human experience, and the common and shared humanity of people of all racial and ethnic backgrounds…His art proclaims that beauty is there in everyday situations, if we will but look at it. And if we see it and participate in it, life will become what we envision.” (E. Strickland, “The Imaginist Art of George Gabin.”)
Gabin’s legacy also encompasses a distinguished teaching career. In 1970, after teaching at the New England School of Art, George Gabin, along with other New England School of Art faculty members, founded Montserrat College of Art. Gabin was a venerated teacher at Montserrat for decades until retiring in 1998. Gabin also taught in Italy each summer, in both Trieste and Viterbo beginning in the early 1990s. Upon his retirement, Gabin and his wife, painter Martha Stone, spent half of each year living and painting in the small town of Lamole, near Florence.
“Hosting this exhibition for an entire semester will provide ample time to get many students, individuals as well as classes throughout the University, into the Gallery for a close-up study of the exhibition and for professors to work it into their curriculum” said Gallery Assistant Director, Brittany Kramer DeBalko.
The Sordoni Art Gallery is open to the public and is located at 150 South River Street in the Stark Learning Center on the Wilkes University campus. The Gallery is open Tuesday through Sunday, from 12 noon to 4:30 p.m. The Gallery follows the University schedule and is closed during Holidays and University breaks, admission is free. For more information, call 570-408-4325.