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Medici Museum grows in Howland

HOWLAND — A $1.6 million expansion of Medici Museum of Art is nearing completion and should be open to the public in early June.

The expansion doubles the number of galleries at the East Market Street location from five to 10 and will include a gift shop and larger classroom space and storage. Architect Robert Buchanan of Poland designed the expansion to the original structure designed by the late Thomas Schroth.

“Tom designed the original building with the possibility of expanding in this direction,” Director John Anderson said, although Schroth envisioned an amphitheater-like performance space behind the original galleries.

That space now includes a massive gallery with a 35-foot ceiling and large double doors that will make it possible for the museum to display everything from large sculptures to automobiles there.

“The space provides an endless opportunity to display different art and different mediums,” Katelyn Amendolara-Russo, associate director of the museum, said. “It will provide us an opportunity to display art that couldn’t be displayed elsewhere in the region.”

Last week crews were painting in the new galleries, and flooring will be installed starting this week.

Read more in Monday’s Tribune Chronicle.

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