Fourteen years ago, as of January 7th, Manifest opened the doors from Woodburn Ave. into its gallery spaces for the public for the first time. The launch of the gallery received enthusiastic reviews and media coverage befitting a major institution despite its modest footprint. An estimated 400 people attended the gallery across the inaugural reception. A bright light began shining on Woodburn Ave. in East Walnut Hills
that became a beacon for so much that has since followed.
On January 11th from 7-9pm we'll be hosting a very special after-hours celebration of the gallery's anniversary, staying open late, and giving thanks to our community, supporting members, participating artists, and the wonderful street of Woodburn Avenue for helping us make it this far against all the odds faced by such a small artist-founded endeavor.
Fourteen+ years open to the public free of charge five days a week, nearly 3000 artists and nearly 7000 works of art presented, all pushing us mid-way into our 15th exhibit season, underscores our steadfast commitment to not be a flash but rather an institution living out a precious mission we believe in with all our hearts.
We work so hard, and move so fast at Manifest that we only get a chance once each year to stop, look back, and appreciate how far we've come and the terrain over which we've traveled getting here. Join us on January 11th and help us realize just what distance has been covered. Come prepared, if you wish, to share with our staff or board members your reason for appreciating Manifest's work in the arts community. Our staff and board should hear it first hand from the public and artists whom we strive to serve in this labor of love.
Please join us for complimentary wine, nibbles, and the last hours of our five winter exhibitions. This event also serves as a special closing reception for ONE 9: The Manifest Prize, with the artist, Marina Fridman, in attendance.