Veterans Art of All Kinds Exhibit

The Galleries @ WORK_SPACE are showcasing the creative work of Veterans and their family members (ages 18+) in its Veterans Art of All Kinds exhibit which will be on display from Friday, August 21st thru Saturday, September 26, 2020 at 903 Main Street in Downtown Manchester, CT. 

Housed in WORK_SPACE, the Town of Manchester’s Coworking Space & Meeting Center, the Galleries are honored to showcase the talents and share the perspectives of New England based Veterans who have served and sacrificed for us all.  In addition, WORK_SPACE is offering online programs related to the healing power of art and is partnering with the Manchester Elks Lodge 1893 to pack 100 tote bags with a variety of art supplies to give to Veterans interested in exploring their own creativity and to experience the therapeutic benefits of art. Individuals and organizations interested in sponsoring a tote bag for a Veteran and Veterans interested in receiving art supplies can call or email for details.

Exhibit and workshop information can be found here.

Due to social distancing measures, individuals and groups are invited to call the Galleries at 860-647-3168 or email galleries@WORKSPACEmanchester.com to set up a time to view the exhibit or arrange a tour. WORK_SPACE is a great place to host an education event for children and adults, our staff is available to facilitate a conversation with a Veteran artist and/or educator in-person or online.

The galleries are open weekdays 10 AM -4 PM, by appointment, and during special open houses on:

  • Friday, Aug. 21st (5 PM – 8 PM) & Saturday Aug. 22nd (9 AM – 2 PM)
  • Thursday, Sept. 3rd (5 AM – 8 PM) – to coincide with Imagine Main Street
  • Saturday Sept. 26th (9 AM – 1 PM)

Workshop 1: Power Word Art – Tues. Aug. 25, 7 PM -8:30 PM  on Zoom

Multi-Media Artist, Educator and Veteran, Michelle Thomas leads a virtual 90-min interactive art workshop on the power of words and images. Participants will be guided through a simple process to paint an abstract background on an 8×10 canvas and then paint an empowering word or words on top. Cost: $5, Free for Veterans. Includes art supplies which will be available for pick-up at WORK_SPACE. RSVP via https://bit.ly/WordArtAugust  (discount code for Veterans is: Veterans.

Workshop 2: Mandala Making – Thurs. Sept. 10, 7 PM-8 PM on Zoom (Veterans Only)

Artist, Educator and Licensed Counselor, Kim Heil, leads a 60-min workshop on the theme of “integration” specifically designed for Veterans. This program is free and complimentary art supplies will be available for pick-up at WORK_SPACE. RSVP https://bit.ly/MandalasSept (open to Veterans only)

Contacts: Stacey Zackin, Manager, WORK_SPACE, direct #: 860.647.6022, szackin@manchesterct.gov 

Shannon Burke, Gallery Coordinator and Christiane O’Brien, Exhibit Curator can be reached via: WORK_SPACE, 860.647.3168, galleries@WORKSPACEmanchester.com

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