Stacy Gates is the owner of Manchester Arts Studio and Gallery. Stacy has a BA in Psychology and Business from Trinity University in San Antonio, TX and an MBA in Finance from Columbia University. In addition to her formal education, Stacy studied sewing and fashion in NYC and has taken many classes and workshops in numerous art and craft related fields.
As an artist, Stacy works in a variety of mediums as she is fascinated by color, texture and pattern. Stacy is most passionate though about helping others find or rekindle their creativity through both art and working with their hands. She is currently the art teacher at The Downtown School and teaches under the business name, Create with Bogate.
In addition to her own programming, Stacy has taught classes and camp programs for more than 15 years with other local organizations; including Hildene, SVAC, MEMS, Long Trail School, The Downtown School and Maple Street School. She also worked at SVAC for 5 years as their Children's Education and Outreach Coordinator, was the tennis coach at Long Trail School for 6 years, and supervised exchange students in Southern VT for a number of years. She especially loves working with children of all ages and has affectionately been called "the kid whisperer".
Stacy lives in Manchester Center with her husband, David, and their 2 dogs and 2 cats. They have two children, Kinsey and Jamie, both in their 20s. Stacy and David moved to Vermont from NYC in 1991. Stacy's favorite hobbies are art related and she loves working with needle and thread. In addition, she plays tennis, paddle tennis, enjoys jogging and walking, yoga and a bit of golf.
Opening up Manchester Arts is a dream come true for Stacy.