Photography gets more exposure in Richmond

After more than a year of development, a new gallery is debuting on Broad Street this Friday.

Candela Gallery, at 214 W. Broad St., is being launched by local photographer Gordon Stettinius.

“I hadn’t had a proper studio in about six years, so I have been looking for place to have an office, studio and gallery,” Stettinius said. “It is a home for all of my struggling businesses.”

Stettinius bought the building, which was formerly a furniture-reupholstering firm, last October for $249,000.

“I got a nice price on an old building that needed to be severely rehabilitated,” Stettinius said.

Renovations included ripping out the old floor and putting in a brand new one.

The Candela Gallery will cater exclusively to photographic work.

The gallery is an extension of a book publishing company Stettinius started in 2010 called Candela Books.

The publishing venture began when a friend contacted Stettinius about a neighbor’s photography collection. Gita Lenz was a New York-born photographer who was mostly active in the 1940s through the 1960s, and she was moving into an assisted living home.

“I found myself a custodian of her artwork, and though, ‘This needed to be a book,’” Stettinius said.

Candela has published a second book, Salt & Truth, which features portraits by Shelby Lee Adams of people who live in rural Kentucky. The book was recently featured in the New York Times.

Work from the book will be featured at the gallery’s first exhibition, which will take place during the First Fridays Art Walk on Dec. 1. Stettinius said he is planning an exhibition of Lenz’s work for the spring.

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Mark Kittrell
Mark Kittrell
9 years ago

Good Luck! A photography studio is a nice addition to this block!