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An Alternative Gallery Takes Root on a Millerton Farm

Rural Intelligence CommunityIt’s a not uncommon scenario in these parts: A New York City artist buys a derelict farm with a rundown barn that he plans to turn into a studio and, perhaps, a gallery space. Artist Henry Klimowicz and his wife, physician Kristie Schmidt, moved from Manhattan to Millerton thirteen years ago with such a dream.  Kilmowicz transformed the farm’s milking parlor into an art studio where he makes enormous cardboard sculptures, and he turned part of the hayloft into an apartment for his friend Chris Regan, the grower of Sky Farm greens.  But it wasn’t until Klimowicz participated in the Wassaic Project last summer that he realized that his funky barn located five miles north of Millerton in Boston Corners could be a viable gallery space.  “I was so impressed by the youthful exuberance of the Wassaic Project organizers and how they used their very unusual space,” he says. “I’m a bit out of the way, but I have 2,000 square feet of space that’s like nothing anybody else around here has. It’s a great opportunity for artists to be able to step back and look at their work in a big way, a way that you can’t in a small gallery. You could wait your entire life to show in a space like this. It really is like being in a museum.”

Rural Intelligence CommunityLast month, Klimowicz debuted what he calls the Re Institute with a one-day exhibition of work by more than 60 local artists, which attracted more than 150 visitors. On Sunday, May 16, he is opening a new exhibition, Nose to Nose, curated by Jen P Harris, an artist who lives in Hudson. The show features Harris’s figurative paintings (right)  that explore gender issues; the intricately tactile fiber paintings of Oscar Strodl; and videos and a live performance by Sarah Kipp. Klimowicz gets a kick out of seeing how visitors are surprised by the incongruity of the gallery and its funky, agricultural setting. “It’s totally unexpected,” he says. “You walk up and see these run down buildings and a Dumpster, and then you walk up the stairs and you think, Oh my God. How did this happen?”

Nose to Nose at The Re Institute
1395 Boston Corners Road
Millerton, NY
Opening: May 16; 4 - 7 p.m.
By appointment: May 17 - 30; call 518.567.5359

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