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Holtzman Gallery: played a big part in Claridge Hotel resurrection.

Atlantic City, New Jersey, has until recently had a bleak narrative. Casino closures and a dwindling number of visitors have rocked the local economy. However, a few stories of innovation and resurgence have emerged to revive hope for the future of this East Coast tourist destination.

One especially uplifting story is that of the Claridge Hotel. Built in the late 1920s, the "skyscraper by the sea," as it was known, was once the tallest building in Atlantic City and featured a 20,000-square-foot casino. The hotel's famous and infamous guests included John F. Kennedy, Marilyn Monroe, A1 Capone, and Frank Sinatra. But in 2005, all gaming operations at the hotel ceased, and things didn't look good for the Claridge. However, since TJM Properties purchased it in 2014, the story has changed.

The newly renovated 1920s-themed boutique hotel now boasts a restaurant and a theater, and the casino space that sat empty for almost 10 years features a fine-art gallery. David Holtzman owns and operates the gallery, which he touts as the one of the largest independent fine-art galleries in the world. The gallery at the Claridge is Holtzman's second gallery location; his first is in Ventnor, New Jersey, which he opened a few years earlier. The Holtzman Gallery at the Claridge--which is dedicated to Alex Holtzman, David's late father, who was an avid painter and art collector--showcases the work of more than 50 artists, including Anthony Quinn, Burt Young, and Francis Mesaros in a museum-like setting.

Since opening its doors in March 2015, the Holtzman Gallery at the Claridge has hosted jazz nights, cocktail receptions, and meet-the-artist events, and in March the gallery plans to host a fashion and art show, which it says will be the first of its kind in Atlantic City.

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Title Annotation:INSIDE THE FRAME
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Publication:Art Business News
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Date:Mar 22, 2016
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