Beer & Business: Community Networking Hour @ WORK_SPACE
Sep 5 @ 5:00 pm – 6:00 pm

Each month, a local brewery and restaurant sponsor a tasting in our downtown art gallery, and then participate in a panel on their entrepreneurial journeys. Join us for a special beer & BBQ tasting.  This is a free networking opportunity for area professionals.

September’s sponsors will be: 

Hen & Hound Catering (Bolton)

CT Mograph Meetup (organized by WORK_SPACE member & motion graphics artist, Allison Butler

Local brewery TBA.

MAA Exhibit Opening Reception @ WORK_SPACE
Sep 6 @ 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm

The Manchester Art Association is pleased to host this exhibit which features one of our own most accomplished artists in Jerry Madara along side one of our most favorite instructors in Art Scholz.


JERRY MADARA (Acrylics – South Windsor, CT)

I endeavor to explore new avenues to express myself through impressionism. I also believe in the adage that, “Art should comfort the distressed, and distress the comfortable.”

Painting a wide variety of subject matter keeps me engaged in my work. I am partial to painting animals, but my subject matter ranges from landscapes and city-scapes, to political commentary, to portraiture, and my friends on television and the movies.

All these subjects strike me as interesting or I wish to pay homage to them for their importance to me.

Humor is important to me as well. If my work can make the observer smile, either through the subject matter or the title, I feel that is a good thing. Not all my work is humorous, but I think I’d like to go down that road a bit more often.

I hope you enjoy my work, and find if fun and interesting, and in some cases, uncomfortable.

ART SCHOLZ (Watercolor – Tolland, CT)

Born and raised in the vibrant surroundings of New York City, Art was inspired early on to begin sketching the many faces of subway riders and the ever-changing scenes of city streets. During his teen years, he worked as a summer farm hand and the memorable visions of the rural upstate countryside have remained as the foundation of his country scenes.

After attending the prestigious NYC School of Industrial Art and serving in the Air Force as base artist, he entered the fast-paced world of advertising art. Deciding to freelance as an illustrator and designer led him to a long and creatively exciting career. His versatility in technique and styles allowed him to pursue art in diversified fields such as realistic illustration, decorative art for children and packaging design. Upon retiring, Art was able to return to his original love of watercolor painting.

Now living in Tolland, CT, the countryside of New England is a continuing source of artistic inspiration for him. The richness of acrylic and watercolors capture a notable spontaneity and freshness in his paintings of farms, woodlands and tranquil coastlines. His work communicates the quiet splendor of nature in harmony with each season.

Enjoy viewing this collection of some of his favorites.

International Peace Day @ Center Memorial Park
Sep 21 @ 12:00 pm

Join Beacons For Peace at noon at Center Memorial Park in Manchester. In collaboration with hundreds of other groups around the world, we will gather in solidarity to create a Global Peace Wave.

Beer & Business: Community Networking Hour @ WORK_SPACE
Oct 3 @ 5:00 pm – 6:00 pm

Each month, a local brewery and restaurant sponsor a tasting in our downtown art gallery, and then participate in a panel on their entrepreneurial journeys. This is a free networking opportunity for area professionals.

September’s sponsors will be:

October Kitchen – This Manchester based business is a thriving delivery chef service. It provides families with delicious and healthy meals to give your body the nutrients it deserves. The menus are not customized to each individual client but a “chef’s choice” of local and seasonal foods. Weekly menus are inspired to be almost universally enjoyed with a special emphasis on reduced salt and reduced fat home style dishes.

Online Book Club – This WORK_SPACE member’s business is a free online community for readers with all sorts of awesome free features and free tools for book lovers. Learn how to win amazon gift cards and use their free Book of the Day tool.

Conversations on Canvas @ WORK_SPACE
Oct 4 @ 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm

Please join us for the opening of this exhibit which will highlight the recent works of Jane Penfield, Pastelist, and Veronique Fournier-Wynne, classical oil painter. Light refreshments provided.

The exhibit will run from October 2 – 26 and can be viewed during WORK_SPACE public hours, Monday – Friday (10 am – 4 pm), and Saturdays (10 am – 3 pm).

TED Talk Tuesday @ WORK_SPACE
Oct 15 @ 12:15 pm – 1:00 pm
Visit WORK_SPACE on your lunch break & watch inspiring talks on topics of personal and professional development.

Let’s discuss how to have better conversations by watching the talk by radio host, Celeste Hadlee. At this monthly networking event professionals gather to watch a TED Talk over lunch (BYO), discuss the topic, and then eat cake. Cake and beverages provided.

Art & Healing @ WORK_SPACE
Nov 6 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm

Art & Healing: The Power of Energy, Movement, and Consciousness

Lunch provided with purchase of ticket. 

Beer & Business: Community Networking Hour @ WORK_SPACE
Nov 7 @ 5:00 pm – 6:00 pm

Each month, a local brewery and restaurant sponsor a tasting in our downtown art gallery, and then participate in a panel on their entrepreneurial journeys. This is a free networking opportunity for area professionals.

November’s sponsors will be:

Rhythm Brewing CompanyNewly launched in March 2018, Rhythm Brewing Co. is a New Haven, CT based brewery, founded by Alisa Bowens-Mercado. Realizing the lack of craft lagers on the market, Alisa decided to create her own. Her flagship beer, Rhythm, is a modern American-style lager with an ABV of 5.5%. Brewed with South African hops, Rhythm is unfiltered, flavorful, and has a slight bite that leaves you wanting more. Music, Dance, and Beer have played a significant role in Alisa’s life. Both of Alisa’s Grandmothers’ were beer drinkers, and on special occasions, they would sip, dance and converse about “Finding your Rhythm in Life”.

Black Ink Creative Partners – The visual communication, multi-media, integrated marketing company providing services in graphic design, UX/UI, web design, brand development, strategic marketing, marketing design, and advertising development. This is the very talented group that created the “ONE MANCHESTER” mural on the WORK_SPACE building.

Perspectives: Opening Reception @ WORK_SPACE
Nov 7 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Come celebrate the opening of our newest art exhibit.
“Perspectives” runs from Nov. 1st-Dec. 26th and is intended to create positive social change in and through the arts. “Perspectives” will include cultural performances, interactive workshops, and artist conversations with weekday lunch & learns and evening/weekend events.
Perspectives: Gender Gaps and Jazz @ WORK_SPACE
Nov 11 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Presentation followed by a jazz performance.


About this Event


FREE TO BE YOU AND ME – a presentation by Kamora Herrington of the Kamora’s Cultural Corner

Herrington, who holds a BS in Human Services from Springfield College has over 20 years of experience in the human services field and has become a vocal advocate for LGBT youth.

Kamora is the Vice Chairperson for the City of Hartford Commission on Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Issues. She is a Cultural Competence trainer for the City of Hartford’s Youth Development Practitioners Academy and Middle Management Institute as well as a consultant for the State of Connecticut’s Safe Harbors Program, which ensures the safety and well-being of LGBT youth in out-of-home care.


JAZZ: A GIFT TO THE WORLD – a performance with the Nita Zarif Trio

Nita Zarif, one of Hartford’s best and most loved singers since making her debut in her early 20s at Hartford’s now legendary 880 Club — the South End jazz bastion presided over by Al Casasanta, Hartford’s “Godfather of Jazz” — Zarif has set a high standard for jazz singing while displaying her eminently likeable stage-presence.


Suggested donation at the door.