The Manley Art Center Gallery is a member run gallery. Each month the Manley Art Center displays a new collection of members artwork. Artwork in the gallery is changed out the first Monday of every month, all Art Center members are welcome to participate. Proceeds from the sale of artwork are shared between the artists and the Manley Art Center. The Manley uses their portion to further their mission to promote, through education, the appreciation, distribution, and enjoyment of fine arts and crafts.
My involvement with photography started in the cascade mountains near Glide Oregon in the 1960’s. With a brownie camera around my neck and an oversized backpack, we set out on our monthly Boy Scout camping trips. Learning how to start a campfire without paper or lighter fluid led to processing photographic paper with chemicals a few years later in college. I have engaged in the art form ever since.
Just over 20 years ago, I stumbled upon a technology that hadn’t been ‘new’ for about 5000 years. In fact, until the 60’s it was a ‘dying art’ – glassblowing. I began my journey with glass in the forest of Bainbridge Island, Washington in 2001. By 2006, I was apprenticing with Saul Alcaraz at Santa Barbara Art Glass nearly every free moment of my weekends.
Over the years of working with these digital and analog technologies, I became fascinated with the contrasts in technology. I believe it has influenced how I see the world and it manifests itself in my fascination with waves. A digital camera can ‘freeze’ a moment in the short life of a wave and with some practice, luck, and a 5 foot metal pole, I can attempt to ‘freeze’ the movement of flowing glass.
Although family circumstances brought me back to Oregon, it was the ocean that brought me to Brookings. I’m drawn by the ever-changing beauty of the coast and its wildlife. I’m constantly learning digital photography and when I need a change, it’s only a couple hours drive to the nearest glassblowing studio.
Garrett J Smith - May 2022
See more of Garrett's work on his website.
Check out Pete Chasar and some of our artists on the Manley YouTube Channel.
Just like most membership art centers, members volunteer for various tasks which allows us to keep our doors open. Many tasks are covered by member volunteers including gallery hosting, help with our Second Saturday reception, coordinator roles, event chairs, board membership and more.
The Gallery is a venue for displaying and selling art, and for special events. A substantial portion of our operational support comes from gallery sales. It is essential we have a vibrant and well- functioning gallery.
Members displaying art in the gallery agree to sign up to be a gallery host during the month their art is displayed. Gallery hours on Fridays from 11 to 1 in particular need to be covered. If a member is not available to host, they can ask a friend or relative to host for them or they can sign up for other duties as described above.
Exemptions include anyone who regularly volunteers in another capacity at the Art Center. This includes such things as bookkeeping, office work, coordinators, board of directors, Monday art change out helpers, volunteer instructors who donate their fees and event chairs.
Displayed art must be original and recent (within the last 2 years). The Art Center Director can make a determination to accept a giclee or other print in special circumstances for gallery wall display. If your piece has been displayed in the past year, it will not be accepted. Unframed prints can be placed in the prints bin for up to a year.
Your original art must be clean and ready for display. This includes wall pieces that have a hanging wire or other acceptable means to hang on the plastic hanging strips. Frames and glass must be clean. Artist business cards can be attached to the back of your art but will not be attached to the front or on the wall.
Pieces that are not for sale (NFS) will generally not be accepted. It goes without saying; the primary purpose of displaying art is so that the artist and the gallery can earn income. Exceptions will be made if there is unused gallery space, your art is included as a retrospective, there is a special collections exhibit or other instances as determined by the Art Center Director.
Donna Goss Aha $ 300.00 6" Alabaster, Sea Foam,