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Since opening its doors in 2019, Brooklyn-based Established Gallery has been dedicated to presenting art enthusiasts and collectors with thoughtfully curated and engaging contemporary art exhibitions. The gallery features local and international, emerging and mid-career artists.

Situated at the intersection of Flatbush and 6th Avenue, Established Gallery strives to embody the vibrant spirit of the neighborhood by featuring innovative and thought-provoking work by artists who aren’t afraid to take risks.

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The Established Gallery Team

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Johnny Thornton
Owner/Director

Johnny Thornton is an artist, curator and art director that lives and works in Brooklyn, NY. Born in Connecticut, he spent his childhood in Johannesburg, South Africa, before moving to Tucson, Arizona, where he studied Fine Arts at the University of Arizona. He received his Masters of Fine Arts from Parsons the New School for Design in New York City. Thornton has had work exhibited throughout the United States and is part of several collections. Currently, Thornton works out of his art studio in Gowanus and serves as the Executive Director of Arts Gowanus. Johnny was the Head Curator/Gallery Director at Established Gallery for 2 years before becoming the co-owner in 2022.

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Hally Thornton
Owner/Director

Hally Thornton is a comic artist and curator from Tucson, Arizona and currently lives and works in Brooklyn, NY. Hally moved to NY and studied creative writing at Hunter College before transitioning to graphic novels and comic books. Hally has spent several years working behind the scenes in exhibition planning and curation at La Bodega Gallery and more recently at Established Gallery. Thornton took a more formal role at Established Gallery when she became a co-owner in 2022.

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Rick Secen

Associate Director 

Established Gallery is also the home of Rick Secen Studio Gallery. Rick keeps his studio and large gallery walls open to the public by appointment or walk-in, and he also offers classes for beginning oil painters, including plein-air (outdoor) painting.   So if you're interested in a new outdoor activity, reach out to him. And, because of his minor obsession for removing all barriers for those new to oil-painting, his classes include all materials, supplies, and paints. 

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Max

The Boss of Everything

Max is a 14 year old angel who is blind in one eye and mostly deaf. He is not necessarily a "people person" and will most likely bark at any stranger who approaches him without a treat in hand (he likes chicken). He has a keen eye (his good one) for art and is a ferocious sales negotiator. He currently lives in Brooklyn with his humans Johnny & Hally