A new art gallery has opened in the former Hart’s 5 & 10 building along Bank Street in the New Milford village center.

The 5,000-square-foot storefront has undergone several transformations since the iconic Hart’s store closed in 1998 after an 83-year run.

Most recently, the site was home to Spruce Home & Garden.

The storefront opened Aug. 1 as The Harts Gallery.

Its premiere show, “Love & Sacrifice,” comprises works by six artists, some of whom have previously shown in New York, Los Angeles, South America and The Netherlands.

The show of mixed media, photography, sculpture and paintings will be exhibited through Sept. 30.

Gallery owners Evan and Carmen Abramson are award-winning documentary filmmakers who met in South America and now live in Bridgewater with their two young children — Luz, 3, and Lies, 2.

“We wanted to create a community space for New Milford and all of Litchfield County, where people could come and freely view and talk about art,” Carmen Abramson said. “With our two small children, we need to not travel as much.”

“This space was sitting empty, and my wife, Pilar DeMann, approached the owner, Gary Goldring, about having a pop-up gallery here with contemporary art,” artist Sebastian Tillinger recounted. “He was all for it.”

Tillinger and DeMann, in tandem with the Abramsons, felt a permanent gallery should fill the space. So, what had started as a pop-up became The Harts Gallery, open Thursdays through Sundays.

“We have a mission: to not only sell art but to offer art education for children and adults,” Evan Abramson said.

“We are having the artists who show here hold workshops,” he added, “in whatever medium they work in.”

Artist discussions are offered Saturdays, free and open to the public. Bridgewater clay artist Elizabeth MacDonald was featured Aug. 15.

“We feel art is important in creating a community,” said Evan Abramson, who is also a photojournalist. “It allows for open and free expression not bound by economics or social norms.”

“That’s what this gallery is all about.”

Terri Childs of Roxbury was among those who recently stopped in the gallery to browse.

“I’m thrilled that it’s here,” Childs said. “To walk into a gallery and see work by two artists I know and one whose work I own is wonderful.”

The Harts Gallery, located at 20 Bank St., is open Thursdays through Saturdays from noon to 8 p.m. and Sundays from noon to 3 p.m., or by appointment.

For more information, call 917-913-4641. For more photos, visit www.newmilfordspectrum.com.