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Downtown Artwork Exhibit – Student Holiday Banners

November 26th, 2014 | No Comments

114EMain_Hire_detailManchester Main Street (MMS) is thankful for the tremendous support of local businesses and residents in helping “Light Up The Town” this holiday season. The Main Street business corridor is dazzling with festive white lights outlining the merchants’ windows. You may also notice that the Discover North Manchester posters have been replaced by new holiday artwork in the downtown storefronts? MMS’ Historic Preservation & Design and Promotion & Art committees have collaborated with Manchester Community Schools (MCS) for this annual installation.

Each year MCS elementary, intermediate and junior high students create colorful banner designs for the Honeywell Center’s Winter Banner Contest. Wabash and Miami County districts are invited to participate, and ten banners from each school are submitted and displayed at the Clark Gallery. This year 36 winners were honored and will be reproduced as full-sized street pole banners. MCS’ 2014 selections will be installed on the historic light posts in downtown North Manchester by early December.
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MMS coordinated with MCS art teachers and downtown building owners to fill the windows of ten storefronts with the student banner artwork. We invite you to take a stroll downtown. 134 creative holiday scenes complement the decorative lighting on Main Street. And, while taking in the sights, be sure to stop by North Manchester’s many unique retailers and specialty stores for all your holiday shopping needs.

MMS_DNM_samples_notecard3Select notecards featuring images from MMS’ Discover North Manchester exhibit are available at One World Handcrafts, KenapocoMocha Coffee Shop and MMS’ office (109 N. Market Street) in North Manchester, and at Visit Wabash County (221 S. Miami Street) in Wabash. To purchase additional merchandise – notecards, prints, posters, etc. – CLICK HERE. For more information, contact Renata Robinson, MMS Executive Director, at 260-901-6045 or manchestermainstreet@gmail.com.

“Discover North Manchester” – Merchandise Now Available

MMS_DNM_samples_verticalGreat news for those wanting to purchase artwork from Manchester Main Street’s (MMS) Discover North Manchester storefront artwork exhibit. MMS is now offering Discover North Manchester merchandise for sale – notecards, prints, posters, etc. Visit www.manchestermainstreet.org/discover-north-manchester or  CLICK HERE to view and order online. Select notecards featuring images from the collection are also available at One World Handcrafts, KenapocoMocha Coffee Shop and MMS’ office (109 N. Market Street) in North Manchester, and at Visit Wabash County (221 S. Miami Street) in Wabash.

Discover North Manchester, a photo essay of North Manchester’s unique architectural story, is on display in downtown storefronts through early November. Dale Carpenter’s colorful photographs feature doors, windows, and architectural details of varying styles, textures and colors throughout town. “I hope these images encourage more restoration, historic preservation, and a greater appreciation of what North Manchester has to offer,” said Carpenter, who lives and works in North Manchester.

MMS_DNM_samples_notecardLocal graphic designer, Ashleigh (Kiester) Thomas, who owns and operates The Graphic Brand, collaborated with Carpenter to sift through over 200 photographs and arrange the layouts. “Working with Dale Carpenter has given me a new appreciation to stop and admire the hidden beauties within this historical town I was raised in.” Be sure to check out The Graphic Brand at www.thegraphicbrand.com, www.facebook.com/thegraphicbrand or contact Ashleigh (Kiester) Thomas at 260-578-2252 or TheGraphicBrand@live.com.

For more information, visit MMS’ website, or contact Renata Robinson, MMS Executive Director, at 260-901-6045 or manchestermainstreet@gmail.com.

“Light Up The Town” Holiday Gala – Saturday, December 6th

HolidayGala_SAVEtheDATEMark your calendars for North Manchester’s most memorable night out on the town. Manchester Main Street’s (MMS’) 3rd annual “Light Up The Town” Holiday Gala will be held on Saturday, December 6, from 5:30 – 11pm. This progressive dinner event will feature specialty treats from North Manchester’s finest restaurants, bars and entertainers. Three historic downtown venues will be transformed into holiday splendor, and filled with live music, dancing and silent auction treasures. Attendance is limited for this exclusive event, so be sure to reserve your space now. Discounted “Early Bird” tickets will be available through November 1. The registration deadline is November 15.

The night begins in elegance, with hors d’oeuvres, cocktails and late Victorian period decor, at the stately Union Trust Bank. Take a stroll along Main Street’s historic streetscape to Louie Soda Shop for upbeat musical accents and signature snacks. Then, head over to the former Marshall and Ritz Theaters to visit with friends and enjoy white linen fine dining, delicious entrees, complementary beverages, luscious desserts, choice liqueurs and infectious dancing. Savor memories new and old, and, be sure to indulge in your chance to win rare silent auction finds. This unique evening of refinement and fun in celebration of MMS’ 2014 accomplishments promises to be one party you won’t want to miss!

$40 “Early Bird” and $45 regular priced individual tickets are available at the MMS office in the Chamber building (109 N. Market Street) or CLICK HERE to download a Gala brochure. MMS members’ discounted tickets are $35. $250-$750 event sponsorships, which include Gala tickets, can also be purchased. Silent auction donations can be directed to Susan Manwaring at 260-982-6720 or smanwaring@battplus.com. All Gala proceeds will support MMS and its 2015 town improvement projects. For more information, visit MMS’ website or Facebook page at www.facebook.com/NorthManchesterHolidayGala, or contact Renata Robinson, MMS Executive Director, at 260-901-6045 or manchestermainstreet@gmail.com.

Eel River Arts Festival – THANK YOU

MMS_ERAF_ArtFair_PerryCollinsManchester Main Street (MMS) is extremely grateful for all the wonderful community support that helped make last weekend’s 2nd Annual Eel River Arts Festival a huge success. The September 13th event, showcasing North Manchester’s talented entertainers and amazing regional artists, would not have been possible without the partnership of the Town of North Manchester, North Manchester Garden Club, Zion Evangelical Lutheran Church and The Firehouse. The Eel River Gardens, located at the intersection of Main and Market Streets in the heart of downtown, was beautifully transformed into a festive venue for creativity, imagination and fun. Set against the backdrop of North Manchester’s historic streetscape and overlooking the Eel River, what better way to highlight our beautiful town and scenic river?

MMS_ERAF_ArtFair_ElizabethWamsleySaturday’s Art Fair featured the unique pottery, jewelry, painting, mixed media and photography of 26 area artists – Marilyn Aleman (Marilyn’s Clay Garden), Stacie Anderson (Brickhouse Baby), Kellie Brace (Dorothy-Ilene Gallery), Jewelry by Matt Breunig, Vicki Carpenter (Vicki Lynn Jewelry), Donna Clevenger (Recycled Fun 4 U), Roxanne Coffelt (Shanghai Tai), Photography by Perry Collins, Angie DeLauter (Green Door Studio), Susan Delauter (Life Repurposed), Janet Ecklebarger (Glean Design), Art by Alexandra Hall, Michael “Hap” Hapner (Cornbelt Cowboy), Wayne Harshberger (Stone Sculpture), Heavy Metal by Donna Henderson, Mary Hettmansperger (Gallery 64), Tara Hicks (Inimitable Design), Madeline Hoffman (Painting), Julie Manfredi Fine Arts, Rick Reiff (Reiffhaus Studios), Sally Rich (Jewels for Schools), Fine Art by Susan Ring, Jewelry by Jane Seely, Art Z Photography by Connie Snyder, Elizabeth Wamsley (Lake in the Woods Studio), and Rhonda Andrews-Woodruff Art.

MMS_ERAF_ArtFair_potterydemo2Art demonstrations were provided by North Manchester artists, Penny French-Deal (canvas oil painting) and Christy Schuler (pottery making). And, local musicians performed through the day: Jim Weiner, Dave Hicks, Ken Preston, Linda Kummernuss, David Hupp, Dale Carpenter, Greg and Annie Clark, and the Manchester University Jazz Quartet led by Tim Reed. Kids activities included craft making workshops, and face painting by Carrie Boyd. And, Manchester Main Street provided delicious food for sale prepared by KenapocoMocha and Main View.

DC_MMS_ERAF_ArtFair_ClarksWe extend a heartfelt thank you to the Manchester Main Street Board members, countless volunteers and event attendees who played a huge role in creating a memorable Eel River Arts Festival. Special recognition goes out to Lynn Beery for her tremendous help in organizing the kids craft activities, Dale Carpenter for coordinating the musical line-up, Janet Ecklebarger for creating and furnishing the on-site event banner, Jeff Diesburg for advertising and marketing materials graphic design, Blake Giddens for sound, and Lydia Gawthrop, Brenda Ramseier, Ashleigh Thomas, and Tracy Trump for assisting and inspiring Saturday’s craft making creativity.

Eel River Arts Festival artists’ work and event photos can be viewed on Facebook. For more information, visit Manchester Main Street’s website or contact Renata Robinson, MMS Executive Director, at 260-901-6045 or manchestermainstreet@gmail.com.
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Eel River Arts Festival – THIS WEEKEND (Sept 13th)

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Manchester Main Street’s (MMS) 2nd Annual Eel River Arts Festival is this weekend – September 13th – in the heart of downtown North Manchester. Saturday’s 10am-3pm Art Fair is free to the public, highlighting area artists’ work – Perry Collins, Janet Ecklebarger, Elizabeth Wamsley, Candie Cooper, Gallery 64, Shanghai Tai and many more! Come meet the artists and purchase unique pottery, jewelry, painting, mixed media and photography. There will be plenty of food and creative enrichment for all ages, so be sure to stop by.

Check out local artists as they create art – Penny French Deal’s (French-Deal Fine Art) canvas oil painting and Manchester Community Schools Art Teacher Christy Schuler’s pottery making demonstrations. And, enjoy live musical performances throughout the day. Kids activities include craft making, art workshops and face painting. Plus, participants in the Community Trail Network (CTN) “Family Fun Ride” scavenger hunt will receive a FREE CTN magnet and be entered into a raffle drawing. Bring your bike, and pick-up a CTN map and entry form at Manchester PATH Group’s art fair booth.

The Eel River Arts Festival will be held in the scenic Eel River Gardens, located at the intersection of Main and Market Streets, against the backdrop of North Manchester’s historic downtown streetscape. The Eel River Gardens, overlooking the Eel River, is a town beautification project designed and maintained by the North Manchester Garden Club. And, a colorful new mural installation by the Manchester University Art Department to celebrate the Eel River is located along the South Market Street retaining wall.

CLICK HERE to view the Eel River Arts Festival’s music line-up and event activities, and to download a complete listing of the artists. And, preview the artists’ work on our Facebook page. For additional event information visit MMS’ website or contact Renata Robinson, MMS Executive Director, at 260-901-6045 or manchestermainstreet@gmail.com.

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Eel River Arts Festival – Meet Vicki Carpenter

????????Manchester Main Street’s (MMS) September 13th Eel River Arts Festival is just around the corner. There will be amazing local artists displaying their work at Saturday’s 10am -3pm Art Fair – pottery, jewelry, painting, photography, mixed media, and much more! This event is free to the public, so bring the entire family. Kids activities include craft making, art workshops and face painting. Live musical acts will also be performing throughout the day. Plus, participants in the Community Trail Network (CTN) “Family Fun Ride” scavenger hunt will receive a FREE CTN magnet and be entered into a raffle drawing.

MMS is featuring our unique local artisans in a “Meet the Artist” online series. This week, visit MMS’ website Local Flavor menu tab to find out how argentium silver enhances Vicki Carpenter’s beautifully handcrafted jewelry. And, be sure to stop by Vicki’s booth on September 13th to meet her in person.

The Eel River Arts Festival will be held in the scenic Eel River Gardens overlooking the Eel River, in the heart of historic downtown North Manchester. The Eel River Gardens is a town beautification project designed and maintained by the North Manchester Garden Club, located at the intersection of Main and Market Streets, next to Zion Evangelical Lutheran Church. For additional Eel River Arts Festival event information, visit our website or  Facebook page, or contact Renata Robinson, MMS Executive Director, at 260-901-6045 or manchestermainstreet@gmail.com.

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Eel River Arts Festival / CTN “Family Fun Ride” – Sept 13th

MMS_CTN_ERAF_FFR_flyerWere you planning on coming to Manchester Main Street’s (MMS) September 13th Eel River Arts Festival? Well, now add on a leisurely bike ride through North Manchester for a full day of fun! MMS’ Manchester PATH Group committee will be hosting a Community Trail Network (CTN) “Family Fun Ride” during Saturday’s 10am – 3pm Art Fair. Stop by PATH’s art fair booth from 10am – 1pm to pick-up a CTN map and scavenger hunt entry form. Bicyclists can ride either the long or short CTN route searching for clues along the way. All ride participants will receive a FREE CTN magnet and completed entry forms returned to PATH’s booth by 3pm will be entered into a raffle drawing.

So, be sure to bring your bike. The Eel River Arts Festival is free to the public, and will feature local artists, live music, delicious food, art demonstrations, and kids craft activities. The event will be held in the scenic Eel River Gardens overlooking the Eel River, in the heart of historic downtown North Manchester. For additional Eel River Arts Festival event information, visit our website or Facebook page, or contact Renata Robinson, MMS Executive Director, at 260-901-6045 or manchestermainstreet@gmail.com.

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Town Council Approves Eel River Gardens Mural Project

AIB_EelRiverGardens_MURAL2_CROPA colorful new addition to historic downtown North Manchester will be coming soon. Town Council approved Manchester Main Street’s (MMS) Eel River Gardens mural proposal at their August 13 meeting. [CLICK HERE to view a copy of the proposal.] The mural will be located along the South Market Street retaining wall adjacent to the Eel River Gardens and City Hall. Initial project planning began in late 2012: “Manchester PATH Group discovered this site while scouting sign locations for the Community Trail Network,” said Renata Robinson, MMS Executive Director. “It’s right next to the Eel River, so has a lot of historical significance and scenic potential.” MMS’ America in Bloom (AIB) committee put the project’s wheels in motion this spring. AIB and North Manchester Garden Club, also a MMS committee, will be funding the mural costs.
AIB_EelRiverGardens_MURAL_conceptThe mural design features the elegant twists and turns of the Eel River as it snakes through North Manchester. A “ribbon” of textured mortar to mimic the river’s contours adds depth and dimensioning, while a simple patina painting technique resembles an antiqued, weathered surface to complement this historic site. Installation will be a cooperative effort of Manchester University Art Professor, Jena Oke, and her fall 2014 semester Basic Design / Art 131 students. The target project completion date is September 12th, to correspond with the MMS’ 10am-3pm Eel River Arts Festival located at the Eel River Gardens on September 13th.

For additional Eel River Arts Festival event information, visit our website or Facebook page, or contact Renata Robinson, MMS Executive Director, at 260-901-6045 or manchestermainstreet@gmail.com.

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Eel River Arts Festival Showcases Local Talent – Susan Ring

©SusanRing_9PitchersMark your calendars. Manchester Main Street’s (MMS) 2nd Annual Eel River Arts Festival is an event you won’t want to miss. On September 13th, historic downtown North Manchester will be enriched by the creative arts. Saturday’s 10am-3pm Art Fair, in the scenic Eel River Gardens overlooking the Eel River, is free to the public. The event will feature live music, highlight area artists’ and artisans’ work, and provide creative enrichment activities for all ages.

Did you know that North Manchester is home to countless talented artists? For example, Dale Carpenter’s photography is on display in downtown storefronts, Hannah Burnworth creates mixed media collage art pieces, Carrie Sautter sells hand-made greeting cards at One World Handcrafts, and Susan Ring paints beautiful landscapes. MMS is featuring our unique local artisans in a “Meet the Artist” web series. This week, visit MMS’ website Local Flavor menu tab to find out what inspires Susan Ring’s unique compositions, and how art that tells a story can touch the heart.

Susan Ring will be one of the many amazing artists showing their work at MMS’ Art Fair on September 13th. Bring the entire family – there will also be delicious food, art demonstrations, and kids craft activities. For additional Eel River Arts Festival event information, visit our website or Facebook page, or contact Renata Robinson, MMS Executive Director, at 260-901-6045 or manchestermainstreet@gmail.com.

Downtown Storefront Artwork – NEW “Discover North Manchester” Exhibit

MMS_DNM_samples_verticalDiscover North Manchester, a photo essay of North Manchester’s unique architecture is now on display in downtown storefronts. Manchester Main Street’s (MMS) Historic Preservation & Design and Promotion & Art committees collaborated with Ashleigh (Kiester) Thomas, of The Graphic Brand, and downtown building owners for this latest installation that will be up through October. Fall is the perfect weather to come downtown to shop, eat and stroll. 30 posters with 118 amazing images by Dale Carpenter fill the windows of fifteen storefronts on Main and Walnut Streets.

Carpenter, who lives and works in North Manchester, was inspired by his surroundings: “North Manchester is an interesting place…there is hidden beauty here.” His photographs feature doors, windows, and architectural details of varying styles, textures and colors throughout town. As single images and collaged together, they create a tapestry and architectural story that can only be found here. “I hope these images encourage more restoration, historic preservation, and a greater appreciation of what North Manchester has to offer,” said Carpenter.

MMS_DNM_GreenPeakLocal graphic designer, Ashleigh (Kiester) Thomas, worked with Carpenter to sift through over 200 photographs and arrange the final poster layouts. “There were so many great shots it was very hard to narrow it down,” said Thomas. “I am extremely happy with the way things turned out.” A 2009 graduate of Manchester High School, Thomas owns and operates The Graphic Brand, a full service graphic design business in North Manchester. Thomas is partnering with MMS to develop additional Discover North Manchester merchandise for sale – notecards, prints, posters, etc.

MMS_DNM_WhiteBalconyTo support MMS’ town improvement efforts by becoming a member, visit our website to download a 2014 Business or Individual Membership Form. Get regular updates on upcoming events, projects and accomplishments by following MMS on Facebook. For additional information and ways you can become involved, contact Renata Robinson, MMS Executive Director, at 260-901-6045 or manchestermainstreet@gmail.com. And, be sure to check out The Graphic Brand at www.thegraphicbrand.com, www.facebook.com/thegraphicbrand or contact Ashleigh (Kiester) Thomas at 260-578-2252 or TheGraphicBrand@live.com.
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Eel River Arts Festival – September 13th

MMS_EelRiverArtsFestival_LOGOSAVE THE DATE! Manchester Main Street (MMS) is hosting this year’s 2nd Annual Eel River Arts Festival on September 13th in the scenic Eel River Gardens overlooking the Eel River, in the heart of historic downtown North Manchester. The Eel River Gardens is a town beautification project designed and maintained by the North Manchester Garden Club, located at the intersection of Main and Market Streets, next to Zion Evangelical Lutheran Church (113 W. Main Street).

MMS_ERAF_posterSaturday’s 10am-3pm Art Fair will feature live music, highlight area artists’ and artisans’ work, and provide creative enrichment activities for all ages. The event is free to the public.

Traditional and culinary artists interested in reserving booth space can CLICK HERE to download an application. All applications must be received by August 1st.

For additional Eel River Arts Festival event information, visit our website or Facebook page, or contact Renata Robinson, MMS Executive Director, at 260-901-6045 or manchestermainstreet@gmail.com.

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