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, including 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 19th century barns and silo located at her Battenville residence. An early renovation of the cowbarn was completed by Architect George A. Dudley in the 1970's in order to accomodate a gallery exhibition space. Timothy D. Smith of North Bennington, VT was selected in the late 1990's to complete the second exhibition space in the hay barn.