The Manhasset Art Gallery

Serena Mancuso

Over the past few years Manhasset Secondary School has tackled the task of providing substantial art opportunities for students within the school. The Art Gallery, built in 2016, successfully achieves this goal by existing as an interactive environment for all students, teachers, and artists.

“The Art Gallery is a special space that very few schools have. It pulls in people all throughout the highschool and middle school,” states Dr. Chris Hale, Manhasset’s new director of fine and performing arts. 

A large void was to be filled after the retirement of Manhasset’s previous fine and performing arts director, Dr. Anthony Amrogio. However, Dr. Hale successfully took the position with care and now joins the Manhasset district, coming from East Meadow. Since then, Hale has received a warm welcome during his very first year at Manhasset Secondary School and is even recognized as a strong leader. 

“The school is responsible for shaping the environment. And the Art Gallery offers an experience to view professional artwork,” says Dr. Hale. He also stresses the gallery’s importance by explaining how students will have the ability to challenge themselves by observing paintings and drawings through different mediums. The gallery’s purpose is not so superficial as just viewing art for aesthetic and appeal, but mostly for noting the point of view developed by each and every artist showcased. 

On October 10th, 2019 at 7pm, Manhasset’s Department of Fine and Performing Arts cordially invites the entire community to its very first exhibit of the school year. The gallery’s opening features an award-winning children’s author, painter and illustrator, Ms. Jane Breskin Zalben.

“Ms. Zalben is a local children artist known by some of our art teachers,” says Dr. Hale. Zalben will be holding a meet and greet and signing copies of her children’s books to any individuals interested. As Dr. Hale previously stated, Ms. Zalben’s showcase is a perfect opportunity for all students to experience a professional artist and author at hand. 

Art is important for a school’s environment, not only for viewing purposes but also to experience and challenge. Manhasset Secondary School has successfully achieved just that. As put in the words of 11th grader Victoria Gagliano, “As a student I look forward to my school’s future, and the Art Gallery has definitely solidified the direction of our school atmosphere. I pass by it everyday and it’s truly inspiring.”