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Work of Artists Gallery

Author: Roberta Landman
Issue: February, 2012, Page 120
Photo by Garrett Cook

Gallery owner Darrell Mankoff poses among diverse artists’ works.


Owner—Darrell Mankoff


Contact—7000 E. Mayo Blvd., Bldg. 23, Suite 1108, Phoenix; (480) 596-0304;

Hours—Mon.-Sat., 10 a.m.-6 p.m.; Sun., 11 a.m.-5 p.m.

Artists—Ed Benton, Deborah Calderon, Louis Cantillo, Barry Crisman, Steve Failows, Juanita Ferguson, Sarah Foster, Cynthia Ganem, Jean Grossman, Marie Howell, Bob Mackey, John Montoya, Kaye Murphy, Jane Nassano, Susan Nemanic, Alan Snyder, Christine Sutherland, Monte Tingey, Cindy Wolf, and Andrea Zampella.

Darrell Mankoff earned a bachelor of fine arts degree in sculpture from Ohio State University some years back. However, as often happens to people, life took him in another direction. “I wanted to do something in art, but I got sidetracked,” he says.

After relocating to Arizona, he worked in the restaurant industry for 15 years. But the idea of returning to the world of art in some way was always “on the back burner.”

Following this desire, he opened the doors to Work of Artists Gallery 20 years ago. Doing so has helped artists exhibit their works and nourished his own artistic leanings as well, Mankoff relates. Along the way, he has picked up more and more artists to represent.

In what he calls a casual, take-your-time-and-browse setting, he showcases the diverse works of more than 200 artists—“80 to 85 percent of them local.” The 6,000-square-foot space is packed with artworks from floor to ceiling. “There is something for everyone,” states Mankoff. “We have Contemporary, Tuscan, Southwestern.”

Wend your way through the aisles, and come upon wares made by a host of creative folks—from raku pottery to ironwork, from mixed-media wall hangings and clocks to turned-wood objects, from fused-glass pieces, mosaics and kaleidoscopes to paintings, photography and more.

Here and there, find works created from recycled items, such as one artist’s copper pieces made from old circuit boards, or Mankoff’s own contributions—used furniture he paints in bold colors and at times decorates with glass tiles and river rock.

Says Mankoff of the gallery: “It is an important venue for artists to have. And I enjoy being the provider for artists, because they need it.”

Titled From the Ashes, this 20"-square watercolor is by Vikki Reed.
Another Reed watercolor, Pierced Through, measures 29"H x 41"W.
This 76"H ceramic totem is by Kaye Murphy.

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