Hundreds of art lovers and collectors descended on the Betzalel Art Gallery in the Crown Heights neighborhood of Brooklyn, New York earlier this month for its inaugural art exhibition displaying the drawings of renowned Jewish artist Itshak Holtz.
According to the Jewish Voice, the crowd represented the full spectrum of New York’s orthodox community. Satmar Hassidim from Williamsburg, Modern Orthodox Jews from Long Island and Lubavitchers from Crown Heights all came to admire the paintings and the new gallery.
Nachman Hellman of Monsey, who was among the attendees, has been a Jewish art collector for fifteen years and loaned two of his Holtz pieces to the gallery for the exhibition. Hellman complimented the design of the gallery saying, “I Believe this will be the most prestigious Judaic art gallery in the US. It really takes Jewish art to the next level.”
The star of the evening was unquestionably the artist himself, Itshak Holtz. His drawings and watercolors hanging on the walls captured scenes spanning a lifetime of Jewish history and change. His earliest painting on display was drawn in 1962 and the most recent – half a century later in 2012.
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