Two Art Galleries Coming to Troy’s 4th Street

September 25th, 2014, 2:00 pm by Sara
The gallery at 274 4th Street

The gallery at 274 4th Street in Troy

A man with a dream and no small amount of determination, Troy resident Cory Nelson has managed to open not one but two – count ’em, 2 – galleries in formerly inactive storefronts on Troy’s 4th Street.

From 6-8pm on Friday (September 26), exhibitions will take place at each gallery with additional artwork displayed throughout the block, in conjunction with the monthly Troy Night Out arts walk. DOORS, at 274 4th Street, will feature the work of local artists who have painted doors salvaged from Troy dumpsters. PINK TAXI, at 314 4th Street, is a tribute to Darlene Nelson and those fighting breast cancer, and is the first step in forming a partnership with mobile-based car services such as UBER and LYFT to provide taxi services to and from chemotherapy treatment for patients.

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Moving to the Capital Region from Brooklyn a little over a year ago, the 25-year-old Nelson developed an appreciation for art on his first visit to the Museum of Modern Art in New York City three years ago. “Art provided a boost to my life at a time when I most needed it,” says Nelson. “I want to share that experience with my neighborhood.”

In an effort to find locations for gallery space, Nelson discovered several inactive storefronts on 4th Street. He reached out to the building owners of long-vacant retail spaces at 274 and 314 4th Street, requesting permission to build art galleries to display the work of local artists and neighborhood children. His offer to renovate the street-level spaces at no charge in exchange for free rent was accepted.

Nelson says, “My goal is to launch this project with no budget – just my time and labor – to show that anyone can beautify their neighborhood.” Working nights and weekends, Nelson received help and materials from neighbors excited by the progress.

Cory Nelson leading a walk through of the new space

Cory Nelson leading a walk through of the new space

One of the art doors ready to be displayed.

One of the art doors ready to be displayed.