HANOVER, PA. — Nearly a dozen county artists have works on display at the Hanover Art Gallery.
The show was put together by artist/teacher Sue Manchato display a variety of works, including still lifes, nature scenes,landscapes and florals, all done in watercolor.
The artists, all Mancha's students, participated in the Jan. 12 opening of the show. Their work will remain on display until Feb. 8.
"We had a very successful opening with about 200 people coming through the gallery in a couple of hours," said Mancha, a Manchester resident who has been an artist for 32 years.
"The show is a good quality show. The students have picked the very best of what they have done and everything is presented in a professional manner."
Mancha, who has been teaching watercolor privately and at Carroll Community College and the Hanover Gallery for the last three years, said this isthe first time her students have had their own show.
A member of the Hanover Area Artists Guild, Mancha knew that to have a show at the gallery, advance booking was necessary.
"Things are booked well in advance," said Mancha, 51. "This show I booked about a year ago."
The cooperative gallery is operated by members of the Hanover Artists Guild on a non-profit basis.
These guild members not only showtheir artwork and maintain the gallery but also pay a percentage from their displayed art sold at the Hanover Art Gallery to support the facility.
"This is a unique thing for this area," Mancha said. "This art gallery is devoted to hanging visual, two-dimensional art. There are some crafts, but for the most part the focus is on hanging art."
The Hanover Area Artist's Guild, now in its 26th year, has had display space for nearly five years.
Westminster resident Nancy Hayes is one of the 12 area artists participating in the gallery's present show.
Hayes, 52, who who took a watercolor class from Mancha at Carroll Community College in 1990, said this is one of her first watercolor shows.
"I have been painting for 30 years, but I just started watercolors about 2 1/2 years ago," she said.
"Most of us arenew to watercolor. We have been painting for less than five years."
Lillian Osten, 65 and another of Mancha's CCC students, has two still lifes and one landscape painting in the show.
Osten, who has been painting for 20 years, said, "I think this is a wonderful show. Iam impressed with the Hanover Art Gallery and I would hope that we could have something like this in Carroll soon."
The show is open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday and Saturdays.