The night of March 28 was truly a night of elegance in Atlantic City. The occasion was the official opening of Holtzman Fine Art Gallery located in The Claridge Hotel.

It’s been awhile since those in attendance wore their finest eveningwear for a night that was worthy of the attire. Promptly at 6 p.m. the ribbon cutting took place. The honors belonged to Atlantic City Mayor Don Guardian and David Holtzman owner of the gallery.

Once into the gallery itself you were over powered by art in many forms and where do you begin to observe so many unique pieces to take in.

I tried to move in the opposite direction that many took and found myself staring at a picture of a little boy. He is an 8-year old artist from India named Shorya Mahanot and he had his first exhibit in his native country on exhibit at the Taj Mahal Palace at the age of 4. He had 12 works on exhibit. The real eye catcher is going for the asking price of $8,000. It consists of 12 panels that are 8x24 over taking a spot that measured 24 x 96 inches and titled ‘Nature Embraces ‘done on acrylic canvas. To quote Holtzman, “The youngster has a lot of old souls in him, how he has the experience to do this I do not know.”

One of the local artists, Rusty Silverman, had a series of photos blown up of the activities on the beaches. His shot of the beach with the Atlantic City Boardwalk and various casinos and buildings in the background could be a study of what used to be and now will be a new beginning for some of those buildings.

Another of the works that caught my eye was done by John Dzedzy. His work is paintings of American Indians. The title on one was Vantage Point that the measurements on it stated it was 24 by 48 and in a handcrafted frame. The cost of that magnificent piece if work was $12,000. As luck would have it there appeared a man in full Native American dress; his name is Roger Crazywolf a full blood Native American. His business card reads, “May the great spirits always protect you”.

There is a display area for each artist. Plus there is a second floor with many other feasts for the eyes.

The current hours are 10 a.m. 6 p.m. Mondays to Fridays 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturdays and 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sundays. Hours will change in the summer time as will the calendar of events.

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