Calling all painters, sculptors, photographers and visual artists living in Fort Greene and Clinton Hill – a new gallery on Myrtle Avenue is eager to see your work.
Inspired by the neighborhood’s burgeoning arts scene, and by the bottomless well of creativity trickling out of nearby Pratt Institute, Hadas Gallery launched its first exhibition earlier this month, offering a small but dedicated space to showcase the work of local artists whose work might not be seen elsewhere.
“This isn’t a Chelsea gallery,” said Joshua Stulman, Hadas’ curator. “But it should be a good starting point for emerging artists in Brooklyn.”
So far, so good. Hadas’ first show, which runs through Jan. 31, features a series of abstract photographs by Richard W. Golden, whose work belongs to the permanent collections of the Brooklyn Public Library and Paris’ Bibliotheque Nationale de France.
A 40-year resident of Brooklyn and former assistant attorney general for New York, Golden became a full-time photographer in 2007. He said he was delighted to see a gallery space emerge in a creative area of Brooklyn that’s not Williamsburg or Bushwick.
“There’s a whole artistic community that’s grown up here in the last 15 years,” he said. “This is really quite an achievement.”
Titled “Depth/Balance/Surface,” Golden’s photographs at Hadas capture a rich and almost exotic variety of texture, color and composition found in familiar, natural settings.
Images of rocks, trees and water taken in Colorado, upstate New York and Prospect Park often assume the look of impressionistic paintings. Magnified to 20-by-30 inches, each of Golden’s photographs draws the viewer to explore its layers, patterns and interactions between its foreground and background.
Golden will deliver an artist lecture at the gallery on Jan. 25 from 12:30 p.m. to 1:30 p.m.
Stulman said that in the coming months he will continue to seek and solicit the work of other artists living in and around the Fort Greene-Clinton Hill area to fill the gallery space. He said the medium doesn’t matter. Just the level of passion.
“If you have the dedication, the concentration and the willingness to stick with your work, we want you,” he said.
Hadas Gallery at 543 Myrtle Ave. between Steuben Street and Emerson Place is open Monday through Thursday 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Sunday 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.