Ginger Manning - Artist
This site is a place where my children, family, friends at home and around the world, colleagues, and interested people can view some of my work, accomplished over the years, without sifting through piles in my studio.
I grew up aware that there had been artists in my family, before me, so it seemed natural to always have had access to art materials, and time to experiment.
My great-grandfather, John Menalis, was awarded a scholarship to Cooper Union in 1880 with his charcoal drawing (left) of the bust of Ariadne (1879). I include this information so that my relatives have it for when they are looking up their ancestry, or when they are wondering the origins of where their child may have received their proclivity toward the arts. Also, I include this work because it is so very awesome. Unfortunately, John passed away young, (age 29?), and there are not many of his works that remain.
John Menalis's daughter, my great-aunt, Helen Menalis, was an art teacher in New York City. My mother, Virginia Clancy, a graduate of Pratt Institute, was trained as an art teacher and as an accountant - arty, yet practical - such is my inheritance.
I was encouraged to experiment with art materials, papier mache, paints, fabric - to design/make my own clothes. I was encouraged to travel - and won a Rotary scholarship in high school to spend a year in Japan, where I studied, among other things, calligraphy and kimono making at a Japanese high school. In college, I spent a semester in Florence, Italy studying art appreciation, history and philosophy, and then another year in Japan.
After college, My first job was at Tokyo Broadcasting System, in midtown Manhattan, NYC. In the evenings, after work, I attended art classes, and my very kind boss, Mr. Yukio Sunahara, encouraged me by allowing me to hang my wet canvases on the walls of our classic office space in Rockefeller Plaza's iconic Associated Press Building.
After several classes at different venues, I found my teacher under whom I would study every Thursday night - the brilliant, wise and generous Hananiah Harari, at the Art Student League.
When I left New York City, I worked at Tallix foundry, then in Beacon, NY. As Sales Manager, my role was to act as liaison between the artists and the foundry floor. At that time, 1988 -1992, we did work for such artists as Nancy Graves and Roy Lichtenstein.
I have taught drawing at: Carmel Continuing Education; Brewster Continuing Education; the Putnam County Arts Council; and at Trinity Pawling School, as a substitute teacher, when the permanent teacher was on sabbatical leave.
Currently, I create in my art studio that my husband, Richard, built for me, and with friends. I am part of a group of artisans who meet to "Use It Up" - using saved fabric and notions to create new works, and another group that meets at the Holmes Whaley Lake Civic Association to draw/paint live models.
When the Covid-19 epidemic began in March, 2020, I was sent home from my (real) job with AECOM, providing public outreach, including website development, for CTDOT highway construction projects, to work from home, indefinitely.
Since I was no longer commuting three hours each day, I had time to photograph some of my artwork, make this website, and commit to having a show of portraits of local people I have done over the years. My daughter, Winona who also came home to work, took the photos of me (on left), preparing pieces for the website, outside of my studio in the spring of 2020.
High School: Cobleskill NY - and senior year at Ichiritsu High School, Kumamoto, Japan
1977 - 1981
Bucknell University, Lewisburg, PA
ICU (International Christian University, Tokyo, Japan
New School for Social Research, New York, NY
The Art Students League of New York, NY
Mixmaster, Mattatuck Musuem, Waterbury, CT
Meeting Past, Akin Hall Musuem, Pawling NY
Home, Front Street Gallery Patterson, NY