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The Manes Family Art & Education Center

The New American Garden is Inaugural Exhibition
August 3-September 10, 2017

The Museum's board and staff invite 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,, 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 Garden exhibition 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

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 10, 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.

We hope to see you at the Manes Center soon!