Friday, December 5, 2008

Gallery 668

Traveling to Vermont on a regular basis I have found some interesting short cuts. One of my favorite between Saratoga Springs, NY and Arlington Vermont led me to discover a fabulous gallery that has become a favorite stop in the summer.

Gallery 668 is housed in two stunningly renovated barns on a beautiful, grand New England style farm in Battenville, NY. The following narrative is taken from their web page.

Our story begins with the founder of Gallery 668, Solange Batsell Herter. As a Liberal Arts student at Bennington College she was introduced to a myriad of aspiring artists - painters, sculptors and dancers - including classmate Helen Frankenthaler. In the 1960's she opened Studio 405 in Carnegie Hall selling the works of a wide array of artists such as Alexander Calder, Marc Chagall, Raoul Dufy, René Magritte, Joan Miro, Maurice Utrillo and Andy Warhol among others.

In addition to her passion for art, Solange became involved in the racing world. In the late 1970's she opened Saratoga's first gallery exhibiting primarily sporting art, such as works by Henry Thomas Alken Sr., Sir Alfred Munnings and John Skeaping. Over the years, she began incorporating and exhibiting more contemporary works by regional artists.

The success of these first venues led to the idea of creating a larger exhibit space in the two 1779 hay barns and silo located at her Battenville residence. Architect Timothy D. Smith of North Bennington, VT was selected to complete the art gallery exhibit spaces - opening up the barn doors for natural light, making the bright space an ideal backdrop for paintings, sculptures, hooked rugs, tapestries and jewelry.

Continuing the family tradition, Veronique de La Bruyere will be directing the gallery's exhibits for 2008. This year Gallery 668 will open its space to a combination of international and local artists in four group shows from July 13th through September 7th. Our complete schedule with photos of the works, artist quotes, and links to even more information is at the top this page. In addition to our Sunday openings, we will build on the success of ART TALK, our Thursday evening series of conversations with artists and guests. On Thursday, August 7th, we will host an Art Auction and Tapas for Congresswoman Kirsten Gillibrand. We look forward to seeing you this summer!

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