Galleries at WORK_SPACESupporting and Showcasing Local Artists
About the Galleries
The Galleries @ WORK_SPACE make up 1/3 of WORK_SPACE, the Town of Manchester’s Coworking, Meeting & Gallery space in the heart of Downtown. The Galleries consist of the Main Street Gallery (a traditional gallery space), the Loop Gallery (the space connecting the offices and meeting rooms on the first floor), the Creative Commons (a community space for members and guests with private offices, open spaces, kitchen, multi-purpose meeting rooms and a digital story studio) and a Gallery Shop.
Prior to 2019, the art spaces were overseen by Manchester Community College, now as part WORK_SPACE which sees art and innovation as tools for social change, the mission of the Galleries is to:
- explore and celebrate diversity
- promote and foster inclusion
- showcase and inspire creativity
- provoke and challenge thought
- highlight and expand perspectives
- create a network of creative people that would not otherwise share ideas, outlooks, resources and relationships.
WORK_SPACE is a flexible and multi-purpose space with multiple venues that can be used for creative workshops, live performances, digital recordings, and artisan pop-ups.
The Gallery Shop
An idea that started during the pandemic in 2020, the Galleries wanted a place for artists to not only share works in our exhibits but also share merchandise related to their work and style. The shop features many handcrafted goods from mugs, magnets, books, earrings, cards and more.
Hours of Operation
Monday – Friday 10am-4pm
2nd Saturdays 10am-2pm
3rd Thursdays 6:30-9pm Monthly Listening Room/Open Mic
*Closed on Federal Holidays
IN THE MAIN STREET GALLERY
Feb. 2 – March 28 – Blank Canvas: Unboxed art exhibit
Rather than providing canvases for our 4th annual blank canvas exhibit, we have challenged artists of all ages, backgrounds, and experience levels to source their own canvases from repurposed packaging. Over 30 artists have met that challenge, upcycling cardboard boxes, cold-food insulation, paint cans, oil barrels, and much more. Come experience how they have evolved the ordinary into the extraordinary by transforming trash into treasure.
- Art Opening, Friday, Feb. 2nd – 5:30-7pm (Meet the artists at 6p)
- 2nd Saturday Open House, Feb. 10th & March 9th – 10am-2pm (Free holiday card making station)
- Weekdays 10am-4pm (and by appointment) – closed on Federal Holidays
IN THE LOOP GALLERY
Acrylic on canvas
12”x12”- black and white
Jeff’s lifelong passion for music – performing with both guitar and vocals – is what drew him to this particular project. These black and white images celebrate what he considers the “founding fathers” of the music he loves… both folk and rock. Men and women who lifted the spirits of a nation with the power of song.
These images should remind us that music is born in the heart and soul…and over the years has helped us forge who we are…and who, he believes, we desire to be.
CALLS TO ARTISTS
WORK_SPACE is excited to showcase the artwork of Art Therapists in our “Expressions of Healing” exhibit to take place from April 12 – May 31, 2024. We invite art therapists that currently hold or pursuing their ATR or ATR-P licenses to submit up to 5 pieces of any medium to this unique showcase that aims to shed light on the therapeutic impact of art and the dedicated individuals who use it to foster healing.
Submissions due April 2nd at https://bit.ly/HealingArt2024
Cogs & Canvas: A Steampunk Art Extravaganza
Art enthusiasts, history buffs, and those with a penchant for the extraordinary are invited to immerse themselves in the whimsical world of “Cogs & Canvas.” We welcome New England Artists, ages 16 and up of all artistic mediums and levels of experience to participate. This exhibition promises to be a celebration of creativity, imagination, and the timeless allure of Steampunk.
Online Submissions due by 11:59pm on May 28th via https://bit.ly/SteamPunkExhibit
Art drop-off to WORK_SPACE by 4pm on Monday, June 3rd.
Veterans Art Show
WORK_SPACE is honored to host the Veterans Art Exhibit, a poignant showcase celebrating the artistic talents of veterans and current military personnel, as well as their immediate family members. This exhibition is timed to coincide with Manchester’s hosting of “The Wall That Heals,” a traveling replica of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial, which will be on display at Charter Oak Park from September 19th to 22nd, 2024.
Online Submissions due by 11:59pm on Tuesday, July 3rd via https://bit.ly/ColorsofCourage
Art drop-off to WORK_SPACE by 4pm on Jul 29th
Crafted Vision: A Maker’s Perspective
WORK_SPACE welcomes various works and projects from MakerspaceCT members.
Online Submissions due by 11:59pm on November 26th via https://bit.ly/CraftedVisionSubmission
Art drop-off to WORK_SPACE by 4pm on Monday, December 2nd
SEEKING OUR NEXT ARTIST-IN-RESIDENCE
Join our creative community! The Galleries @ WORK_SPACE is on the lookout for our second Artist-In-Residence (AiR) for the 2024-2025 term to begin sometime between July-September 2024 depending on candidate.
- Monthly Stipend: Be rewarded for you creativity
- Private Studio: Have a space of your own to create
- Showcase and Sell Your Work
- Contribute to Manchester’s Cultural Evolution
Become A Gallery Member Today!
Gallery Member Art & Merch Submission
Currently we are featuring
In Our Loop Gallery:
The Perspective of Time exhibit continues
In Our Creative Commons
POEM OF THE MONTH: I COULDN’T LOVE AN ANGEL by Natasha Piendel (click to read)
I couldn’t love an angel
with sugarcoated wings and beatific smile.
No angel, you are made of flesh and blood,
of thinning grayish hair,
of wrinkles, warts and moles,
of burps, of sweat, of body odor.
Far from an angel, more a devil’s seed,
with moods appeased by smokes and candies,
you’re made of bristles, spikes, of curses
flung at the losing baseball team,
of fists, of fight for what is just and right,
of bruises, nicks and scars,
of scratches from the weeds you pulled in our yard,
of sinews that pop up
when you are moving heavy stuff for me.
I don’t want the boredom of angelic bliss,
I love our contradictions, the storms of our fights
that always end in laughs and hugs
and whispered silly nonsense.
You are a blend of every spice, sweet, salty, sour,
sometimes too hot, too bitter to digest,
but, lucky me, it’s never bland.
Born in Russia, Natasha Piendel immigrated to the US when she was in her mid-40s. Before retiring, she was a translator for United Technologies Corp, also taught ESL and art classes at Manchester Community College. She is a member of the Wit and Wisdom Poetry Club and Manchester Art Association.
PAST EXHIBITS & VIRTUAL GALLERIES
Art of Pride
Showcasing artwork that reflects LGBTQ+ pride and resilience and what it means to live as authentic and uncompromised selves. To see some samples of the work, go to: https://bit.ly/Pride2022promoshttps://bit.ly/Pride2022promos
Perspectives of Home
The Galleries @ WORK_SPACE in partnership with EPOCH (Engaged, Public, Oral and Community Histories in the History Department at UConn) are coordinating an Art Exhibit with companion programs that explore how where we live impacts who we are, our feelings of belonging and our sense of place. Through archival research, in-depth interviews, community conversations and an art exhibit with didactic wall panels, Perspectives of Home will highlight the many threads woven into the story of Manchester, CT’s historic evolution from a mill town to a vibrant, diverse and thriving community including the inequitable opportunities that exist for its citizens.
artwork by: Naomi Nevo Ben Ari (https://www.naominba.art/)
October 1 – 22, 2021
Special After Party: October 9 (6:30p-8p) no RSVP required
Connecticut artists Hunter Pedane and Phillip LeBlanc combine their talent and blend their different mediums to harness the earth’s natural beauty, texture, movement and energy to bring us this unique exhibit.
We often neglect to be tourists in our own backyard, missing experiences that others seek out. There aren’t many silver-linings to quarantine, but one could be our enhanced appreciation of all things local. Local businesses, local parks, local walking trails, local Instagram-worthy sights. This exhibit will feature all types of art that features the activities, landscapes and moods of our recent staycations when we entertained ourselves within and close to our homes.
Inspiration: Blank Canvas Show 2022
ART IN ACTION
August 13, – Sept. 24, 2021
A diverse array of images created by young CT artists ages 13-19 about their experiences and emotions in 2020. This exhibit was produced by the Hartford Foundation for Public Giving. To see the virtual exhibit on their website, click here.
Please join us at one of our Gallery events or during our regular hours to view this free exhibit. Contact us to arrange group tours or to host events in the Gallery. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org or 860.647.3168 for more info.
Perspectives of a Pandemic
Tom Andrea Evan Seide Lou Sorrentino Linda Blakesley Doreen Stern Kathleen Telesco Nakeia Herbert
Carolyn Brooks-Burton Yolanda Creal Lisa Ducharme John Hoffman Tosha Jenkins Julianna Kristoff
Basia Salek Robert Thiesfield Melanie Askew Mary Ann Francis Lori Barker Kasey Quaglia
Daniel Nichols Kevin Michael Olson Mark Tegtmeier Carol Gould Sharon Quaglia Jeffery Balzejovsky
Donnamarie Nakos Olusanya Bey Donna Faust Ren Pu Maria Dillon Crystal Valladares Fuad Khaligov
Adis Halilovic Bethany Terzi Chris Todd Deb Bates Athira Sanal Bina Nair Jose Marcos Abby Dijon
Claudine Purdue Ashley Hyatt
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