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Harlem Valley Images and Paintings for a Penny at Art Gallery Reopening

COBBLE HILL — A night for Brooklyn art is heading to Bergen Street.

Recession Art, opening its doors on March 9, bills itself as an “affordable” art gallery for rising artists and aspiring collectors, showcasing work priced under $1,000 and an upper-limit of $5,000.

The opening will be in collaboration with the Invisible Dog Art Center’s open studio, where the gallery allows the public to explore the studios of their 32 in-house artists, and Armory Arts Week’s Brooklyn Night, a series of events that highlight the work of borough artists.

Recession Art will exhibit the work dozens of artists, including Brooklyn-based photographer Danny Ghitis, who will be available speak to visitors about his work at the gallery’s reopening from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m.

The gallery will be moving from its original Lower East Side location to 47 Bergen St., in Cobble Hill.

Along with Ghitis’ photographs, the gallery will exhibit paintings, small sculptures, books, prints and “every kind of affordable art,” said Executive Director Emma Katz.

Art lovers can even purchase pieces for a penny. Artist Jennifer Mills will be showcasing her work, “Pennies,” a series of 10,000 unique watercolor paintings that are the size of the coin and priced at the same amount, said Katz.

Saturday’s event will feature Danny Ghitis's series titled Harlem Valley, focusing on the area in the eastern Duchess County of New York. Ghitis said he came upon the valley “by accident” during two artist residency programs that were based in the area.

“The opportunity to go into an unknown location...was liberating,” said Ghitis, whose Recession Art show will be his first solo exhibition.

While Ghitis started his photography career in newspapers, he maintains that “Harlem Valley,” as the series is called, is not intended to be a factual representation of the location. Instead, he said he hopes viewers will have their own personal reaction to the work, which he describes as a “poem that I’m writing with photographs.”

For more information on the reopening, visit the Recession Art website.