NASSAU COUNTY MUSEUM OF ART OFFERS PREVIEWS OF THE MANES FAMILY ART & EDUCATION CENTER
The New American Garden is Inaugural Exhibition
August 3-September 7, 2017
This August, Nassau County Museum of Art invites Long Islanders to a preview look at a building on the Museum grounds that has been restored and refurbished to create a wholly new and comprehensive center for art and education. The Manes Family Art & Education Center, named through a generous gift by Museum Trustee Dr. Harvey Manes, a resident of Old Westbury, offers a dynamic and inspiring environment in which audiences of all ages and abilities can find creative engagement through a variety of activities and projects. The Manes Center features an exhibition space for new art; this space is surrounded by learning labs/classrooms, each designed to address the multiple learning styles, interests and abilities of adults and children.
Celebrating the groundbreaking for The Manes Family Art & Education Center are Naming Donor and Museum Trustee Dr. Harvey Manes (second from left)
with trustees Clarence F. Michalis, Sharon Cuchel, Deborah A. Cannon, Board President Angela Susan Anton and Museum Director Karl E. Willers.
Starting late in September, the Manes Center offers a schedule of programs for adults and children in the community. Family programs at the Manes Center, including Family Sundays and Super Family Sundays, provide children and the adults in their lives the opportunity to take time from their busy schedules to reconnect while talking about and making art together. Two programs for children ages 3 to 5 are planned, as well as classes for children and teens such as The Art of Drawing; Imagine, Design & Build; and Building a Portfolio. Hands-on studio classes and program for adults include The Creative Process, Life Drawing, In the Studio, Digital Art, and Art Talks. Activities at the Manes Center will incorporate the Museum’s Outdoor Classroom, the 145-acre property that includes meadows, fields, ponds, walking trails and other opportunities for guided and self-guided exploration of the natural environment. For more information about Manes Center programs for adults and children please visit the Museum’s website, nassaumuseum.org, after September.
The New American Garden: The Landscape Architecture of Oehme, van Sweden is the inaugural exhibition for The Manes Center. A traveling photographic exhibition organized by The Cultural Landscape Foundation, the exhibition chronicles the careers and influence of Wolfgang Oehme and James van Sweden who revolutionized landscape architecture with the creation of a type of garden characterized by large swaths of grasses and fields of perennials. An example of this new and robust American garden can be seen on Long Island at Americana Manhasset, the luxury shopping destination. There are also residential commissions in Water Mill and Sagaponack, among other Long Island communities. The New American Gardenexhibition features 52 contemporary and newly commissioned photographs of important residential, civic and commercial projects. To learn more about the two pioneering landscape architects and the new American garden, visit the dedicated website https://tclf.org/sites/default/files/microsites/new-american-garden/index.html.
Boxwood Farm, ongoing since 1995, Brookville, New York; photograph ©Richard Felber,
courtesy The Cultural Landscape Foundation
During the showing of The New American Garden, August 3 through September 7, the Museum invites the Long Island public to visit the Manes Center for a preview look. There will be no Museum admission fee at the Manes Center during this inaugural period. The Center will be open for visitors during regular Museum hours, Tuesday to Sunday, 11 a.m. to 4:45 p.m. This initial free open house to the Manes Center does not include admission to the Museum’s main building, the Arnold & Joan Saltzman Fine Art Building.
Nassau County Museum of Art is located at One Museum Drive in Roslyn Harbor, just off Northern Boulevard, Route 25A, two traffic lights west of Glen Cove Road. The Museum is open Tuesday to Sunday, 11 a.m. to 4:45 p.m. Admission is $12 for adults, $8 for seniors (62 and above) and $4 for students and children (4 to12). Members are admitted free. Docent-led tours of exhibitions at the Saltzman Fine Art Building are offered at 2 p.m. each day; tours of the mansion are offered each Saturday at 1 p.m.; meet in the lobby, no reservations needed. Tours are free with Museum admission. Family art activities and family tours are offered Sundays from 1 pm; free with Museum admission. Call (516) 484-9338, ext. 12 to inquire about group tours. The MUSEUM STORE is open Tuesday through Sunday, 11 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Call (516) 484-9338 for current exhibitions, events, days/times and directions or log onto nassaumuseum.org.
Nassau County Museum of Art is chartered and accredited by New York State as a not-for-profit private educational institution and is governed by a privately elected Board of Trustees. The Museum and its programs are made possible through the support of Nassau County under County Executive Edward P. Mangano and the Nassau County Legislature; the Board of Trustees and Museum Members; Sponsors of Exhibitions and Events, Government and Foundation Grants, Corporate and Private Donors as well as earned income.