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

IN THE MAIN STREET GALLERY

Unboxed Opening promo

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.

Visit:

  • 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

Unboxed Opening promo
Jeff Hutton
Vernon, CT
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

Promo for Art Therapist exhibit

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

 

 

 
 
 
Steampunk Art Show Promo

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.

 

 

 
 
 
Promo for Veteran's Art Show at WORK_SPACE

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

 

 

 

 
 
 
Promo for Crafted Vision Exhibit at WORK_SPACE

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.

Opportunity Highlights: 

  • 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
Gallery Membership Promo

Become A Gallery Member Today!

Gallery Member Art & Merch Submission

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CREATIVE COMMONS

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: info@workspacemanchester.com and/or scroll down.

Currently we are featuring

 

In Our Loop Gallery:

  • The Perspective of Time exhibit continues

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 victoria.dubiel@hotmail.com or Susan Nedd at susanonedd1@mac.com.

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

Art of Pride

EXHIBIT DATES: May 6 – June 30, 2022 in the Main Street Gallery
OPEN HOUSES: Saturday, May 14 and Saturday, June 11

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

EXHIBIT DATES: December 3 – February 22, 2022 in the Main Street Gallery
OPEN HOUSES: Saturday, December 11 ; Saturday, January 8 ; Saturday, February 12 (10a-2p)

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 SYNCHRONICITY

October 1 – 22, 2021

WEEKDAY HOURS: Monday – Friday (10a-4pm and by appointment)
2nd SATURDAY OPEN HOUSES: October 9 (10a-2p)
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.

 

Staycation

EXHIBIT DATES: Aug 1 – Nov 27 in the Loop Gallery
OPEN HOUSES: Sunday, August 1 ; Saturday, August 14 ; Saturday, September 11 (10a-2p)

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

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.
EXHIBIT DATES: Friday, March 4 – Wednesday, April 20, 2022 – Come on in or call to make an appointment.
OPEN HOUSES: Saturday, April 9 and March 12 (10a-2p) – Every month we host our 2nd Saturday events and encourage folks to explore the wonderful local business on Main Street.
ART & ALE: Friday, March 25 (5-8p) – View the exhibit, enjoy dinner downtown, and then join us at Urban Lodging Brewing at 8p.

ART IN ACTION

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.

 

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.

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 galleries@workspacemanchester.com or 860.647.3168 for more info.

JUNETEENTH

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

Get Started

Contact WORK_SPACE to get started with a free day pass and tour, coworking, hosting a meeting, hosting an event, and much more.

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