Ever wonder how many Arts Districts are in Atlanta? Well, they may as well call it ARTLANTA, because there are no less than 10 arts districts– ITP, that is, inside the perimeter.
The two hottest newer arts districts in Atlanta are the Westside Arts District and Castleberry Hill. Of course, the original arts districts are Buckhead and Midtown. Add to these, Bennett Street, Little Five Points/Candler Park/Virginia Highland/Kirkwood, Cabbagetown/East Atlanta, Downtown/Fairlie Poplar, ADAC and Miami Circle Design Districts. And, Atlanta’s newest Arts District– the Old 4th Ward.
No matter what your taste is– down low minimalism or high brow eroticism, every kind of great art is available in Atlanta!
The Westside Arts District may be the hottest right now. Centered around industrial-fabulous Westside Provisions with high design galleries, shops, and top foodie restaurants near 14th St and Howell Mill.
A must-see is Kai Lin Art. The Westside also includes the King Plow Arts Center, Goat Farm Art Center, and the outstanding Atlanta Contemporary Arts Center. Third Saturday Art Walks are held every month from noon to 5 pm.
Castleberry Hill District is just southwest of Centennial Olympic Park down Peters Street. It is a quirky area of artists lofts, many galleries and coffee/pubs. They hold 2nd Friday Art Strolls, and other events like FLUX.
Buckhead covers a large area and galleries seem to be everywhere. More are sure to come as the ultra-luxury mega-development “Buckhead Atlanta” opens. Definitely, see Alan Avery Art Company which recently presented Harriet Maziar Leibowitz’s Southern Season to rave reviews. Also, Atlanta Artists Center, David Gallery, R. Alexander Gallery, Hagedorn Foundation Gallery, Huff Harrington Fine Art, The Sportsman’s Gallery, Museum of Contemporary Art of Georgia, TULA Art Center and Twenty 21 Collections/Gallery Rodin. Some of the galleries mentioned are in the Bennett St Design District, off Peachtree.
Miami Circle Design District and ADAC Atlanta Decorative Arts Center, both in south Buckhead, off Piedmont Road, are loaded with art galleries and showrooms for the decorative arts, furnishings and building arts. However, most require an interior designer or architect to make purchases.
Midtown Atlanta is THE arts district of Atlanta. Home of one of the world’s most visited museums- the High Museum of Art and Woodruff Arts Center featuring the Atlanta Opera, Atlanta Symphony Orchestra and the Atlanta Ballet.
Across the street is MODA, Museum of Design Atlanta, the only design museum in the southeast.
Midtown is also the home of Savannah College of Art & Design, the 14th St Playhouse, and the fabulous Fox Theatre.
Great art galleries include: famous Bill Lowe Gallery, Trois Gallery, Vaknin Gallery, Dewberry Gallery and the International Art Collaboration.
New and hot, the Old 4th Ward is nearby which includes Studioplex, Studio Philisa, Beep Beep Gallery, Janke Studios, ABV Creative Agency and Gallery, MINT Gallery, Stuart McClean Gallery, Modern Now, Ruby Slippers Art Studio, Chic Evolution In Art, Jimi King Art Fashion, Sight+Sound Gallery, Salt Works Gallery, Matia Gallery Event Space, Wm Turner Gallery, and the Jack Art Gallery.
Downtown Atlanta/Fairlie Poplar is notable because the old Atlanta Journal & Constitution Building at 72 Marietta St has been renovated into the Convergence Gallery by Atlanta architects Stanley, Beaman & Sears. Also see: Eyedrum, Context, Rialto Center for the Arts, Paige Harvey Art Studio, GSU Art Galley— many are on the First Thursday Artwalk.
Don’t miss Luckie Street Studios featuring both regional and internationally based artists. This art space is the work/live studio for painter John Ishmael and photographer Troy Farina. This month will be a mix of John’s vibrant abstract paintings and Troy’s black and white photographic studies of architecture.
In the quaint neighborhoods of Virginia-Highland, Poncy-Highland, Little 5 Points and Inman Park are Youngblood Boutique, Whitespace Gallery, 42 degrees South, the Barbara Archer Gallery, and the Kibbee Gallery.
Also nearby, in Candler Park, is Gallery 1526, and don’t miss the PB&J Gallery in Kirkwood– it may be small but it has a big heart and great art. Be sure to get on their email list for PB&J’s well attended art opening shows.
- Red Bull Curates Atlanta event and winners (SLIDESHOW) (bizjournals.com)
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- Atlanta Contemporary Art Center’s Art Party 2013 (SLIDESHOW) (bizjournals.com)
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- Atlanta MADE (southernfinds.wordpress.com)
- Burien Arts’ Invitational Group Exhibition Opening Reception will be Nov. 7 (b-townblog.com)