Galleries at WORK_SPACE

Supporting 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


Unboxed Opening promo

The Galleries @ WORK_SPACE Invites you to 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.

Dates: June 7 – July 25, 2024
Visit: Weekdays 10am-4pm and every 2nd Saturday.



Artists of Creative Commons May-August 2024

An Extravaganza of Artistic Diversity: Where Color, Emotion, and Inspiration Collide!

Welcome to the Creative Commons Galleries at WORK_SPACE, where creativity knows no bounds! Step into a world where nature, architectural-inspired designs, abstraction, expressionism, and digital art converge in a dazzling display of talent. From breathtaking photography capturing the essence of the natural world to abstract wonders, emotive watercolors, and visionary digital creations, our gallery is a celebration of artistic diversity. Join us on a journey of exploration and inspiration as we showcase the remarkable talents of our featured artists. Don’t miss this opportunity to immerse yourself in a world of boundless creativity at WORK_SPACE.


Veterans Art Show promo

Colors of Courage exhibit: Aug. 1st to Sept. 22nd

WORK_SPACE is honored to host 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 23rd via

Art drop-off to WORK_SPACE by 4pm on Jul 29th

Exhibit opens on Thursday, August 1st with an opening event from 5:30-7p and will be open Sunday, August 4th from 10a-2p for the Cruisin’ on Main Car Show.




Promo for Crafted Vision Exhibit at WORK_SPACE

Crafted Vision: A Maker’s Perspective

WORK_SPACE welcomes various works and projects from Makers around New England, including Glass, Fiber, Metal, Wood, and other Maker Materials.

Online Submissions due by 11:59pm on November 26th via

Art drop-off to WORK_SPACE by 4pm on Monday, December 2nd




Become A Gallery Member Today!

Gallery Member Art & Merch Submission

Gallery Membership Promo


We enjoy building relationships with local artists and displaying their work on a rotating basis in the meeting spaces on the 1st & 2nd floors and throughout The CREATIVE COMMONS that hosts our collaborative coworking spaces. When not being used for a themed show, this space is reserved to display the work of our Creative Community Members. If you are interested in learning more about our Galleries and membership, please call: 860.647.3168, email: and/or scroll down.

In Our Creative Commons




Poetry Club Logo
The Wit & Wisdom Poetry Club of Manchester is a chapter of the Connecticut Poetry Society. The Club meets at the Manchester Historical Society at 175 Pine Street from 1-3 PM on the second Saturday of each month. New members are welcome!

For additional information, contact President Victoria Dubiel at or Susan Nedd at

POEM OF THE MONTH: HEARTSONG by John Tolhus (click to read)

Resting and contemplating

in gentle silence,

cool repose.

Softly greeting colors

arranged in neat,

warm embrace.

Smiling faces crowd

the scant space

shared here.

Love surrounding us,

basked in eminence

shimmering golden.

Primordial water, upwelling,

softens petrified roots

spurring life.

Nourishing ocean sleeps

forever in repose,

patiently waiting.

John Michael Tolhus lives in Middletown and is a member of the Wit & Wisdom Poetry Club of Manchester.


Art of Pride

Blank Canvas: Unboxed

Feb. 2 – March 28, 2024

Since 2020 WORK_SPACE has been hosted a Blank Canvas exhibit where artists of all ages, backgrounds, and experience levels were given blank canvases and a theme. In 2024 we challenged artists to source their own canvas from repurposed packaging and were most impressed with their creativity and resourcefulness as they turned what might have become trash into artistic treasures.

Click to see artist promos.

Art of Pride

Art of Pride

May 6 – June 30, 2022

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:


August 13, – Sept. 24, 2021

WEEKDAY HOURS: Monday – Friday (10a-4pm and by appointment)
2nd SATURDAY OPEN HOUSES: August 14 and September 11 (10a-2p)

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.

Click to view Virtual Gallery

Perspectives of Time

December 8, 2023 – January 26, 2024

This captivating exhibition showcased the dynamic, diverse, and thought-provoking works of local artists who explored various facets of time, offering unique perspectives on how we perceive it, spend it, relate to it, and at times attempt to control and transcend it.


Aug 1 – Nov 27 in the Loop Gallery

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.

Click to view Virtual Gallery

Inspiration: Blank Canvas Show 2022

March 4 – April 20, 2022 – WORK_SPACE gave out 14″x14″ Blank Canvases to 45 local artists, asking them to bring them back with images that represented INSPIRATION. Now we invite you to see the 66 fun and diverse works of art that fill the Main Street Gallery. We think that you too will be inspired.

Author & Illustrator

October 12 – November 30, 2023

WORK_SPACE and the Manchester Public Library collaborated to exhibit the wonderful work of 40 New England based authors, illustrators, and poets and produce a stimulating writer’s conference. Click here to view artist promos.


Perspectives of Home

Dec, 3 – Feb. 22, 2022

The Galleries @ WORK_SPACE in partnership with EPOCH (Engaged, Public, Oral and Community Histories in the History Department at UConn) coordinated 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 (

Art of Recovery

Art of Recovery

More than 30 New England artists submitted close to 100 pieces that illustrate the toll that addiction takes on our physical, mental and behavioral health as well as our familial relationships and communal well-being. Although this exhibit does not aspire to solve the systemic failures and public stigma associated with addictive behaviors, we aim to create a hospitable space for those in the midst of its trauma or having already come through the other side, to share their story through art and conversation.



October 1 – 22, 2021

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.



EXHIBIT DATES: Monday, June 7 – Sunday, August 1, 2021
Featuring art that honors independence, resiliency and Black lives and celebrates our nation’s second Independence Day, we invite artists to contribute to a dynamic exhibit and to join us and our cultural partners across CT for an array of programs and events.

fresh stART

EXHIBIT DATES: Friday, April 9 – Friday, May 28, 2021
Celebrating new beginnings, positive change and the possibilities of a blank canvas, the Galleries @ WORK_SPACE provide an 18” x 24” canvas and artists of all levels of experience and forms of expression fill it with their imagination and the medium of their choice.

Perspectives of a Pandemic

EXHIBIT DATES: November 2020 – March 2021
Showcasing 150 pieces of art created between March – November 2020 by 45 ‘local’ artists between Brooklyn and Boston utilized photography, fiber art, painting, poetry, and other mediums to comment on Covid-19, respond to the injustice of structural racism, react to the contentiousness of politics, and to fill time in quarantine.

Gallery Members

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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