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.
Jonathan's process combines two of his greatest passions - an appreciation of nature and painting. This makes painting directly from nature his work environment, also called "plein air" painting. Nature offers an endless variety of subjects and challenges. What he chooses to paint comes from his emotional response to the subject and, if done well, hopefully, will be reflected to the viewer. This could be anything from a simple light effect to the complexity of a grand vista. His goal is to take a subject matter and deconstruct it and put it back together in a visually clarified and interesting way. To achieve this goal, he continues to develop the skill set necessary to have a command of the language of painting, i.e., drawing, value, color, and composition. Painting for him is a self-revealing process that allows him to explore himself and the world around him in a most profound way.
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 Thursdays 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.