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LIMNER GALLERY HISTORY


     The word Limner was first used in Medieval times to describe manuscript illuminators. In the following centuries it became a general descriptive term for an artist. The word gradually fell out of use and was revived to describe the itinerant artists of Colonial America. These self-employed, independent artists traveled from town to town in search of painting work.

 

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Renovations on the original
Limner at 216 E.10th St.

     Limner Gallery was founded in 1987 at 216 East 10th Street in Manhattan's East Village. At that time, the Village was the center of the alternative art scene and Limner quickly became notorious for it's controversial and provocative exhibitions. Taking advantage of the 1980's art boom, the gallery operated successfully and developed it's client base at this location. In 1990 the gallery moved to a loft space at 598 Broadway in Soho. At that time Soho was New York City's preeminent gallery district.


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Limner in Soho at 598 Broadway

     Limner's impressive 100 foot long gallery space was typical of Broadway galleries at that time. The area of Lower Broadway in Soho had been a manufacturing district, this loft space was formerly used for clothing manufacturing. In the early 1990s, the loft buildings on Broadway were converted to gallery space to house galleries relocating from the East Village and additional new galleries. The Limner space was across the street from the New Museum and Guggenheim Museum.

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Limner at 215 Mulberry St.

     In the mid 1990s the gallery also opened a storefront on Mulberry Street in the Nolita district. This store featured the work of Slowinski and operated in conjunction with the Limner on Broadway. This space, called Slowinski Gallery, operated at this location for four years. During the 1990s, following trends in Manhattan's downtown art scene, galleries in Soho began relocating to the Chelsea district on the west side of Manhattan. Several of the top Soho galleries purchased buildings in Chelsea and coverted them to gallery space.  
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Limner at 870 Avenue of the Americas
     In 1998 Limner Gallery relocated to a second floor loft space at 870 Avenue of the Americas, on the east side of Manhattan's expanding Chelsea art district. The gallery had a clear view of the Twin Towers, destroyed in the terroist attacks of 911. The gallery worked through this period at this location until 2004. After 17 years of developing a client base in New York City, the gallery closed the Manhattan location and moved up the Hudson River to a more idyllic setting.  
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Limner at 59 Main St.in Phoenicia, NY
     From November of 2003 through July of 2006 Limner operated a storefront gallery in the Catskill Mountain resort town of Phoenicia, NY. Phoenicia was revitalized by the flight of city dwellers after 911 as New Yorkers sought refuge in the "safe haven" regions within a few hours drive of Manhattan. The Hudson Valley and Catskill economy were charged with a surge in second home purchases by New York City's wealthy elite and celebrities.

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Limner at 123 Warren St.in Hudson, NY

   The historic Hudson River City of Hudson, NY is the current home of the Limner Gallery. The City of Hudson is the fine art and antique center of the Hudson Valley and is a popular destination for art and antique collectors. Situated on the eastern bank of the Hudson River with a direct train link to Manhattan, Hudson is readily accessible to both city and country dwellers. It is situated centrally between the Catskill, Berkshire and Hudson Valley resort areas.

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