Any opportunity to get Atlantans out of the car and walking around the city is a good one. As art districts in areas such as the Castleberry Hills neighborhood or the Westside continue to grow, Atlanta art walks are also gaining popularity. These events are all free (except for admission to the High Museum of Art’s late Thursday night openings) and provide a great opportunity to socialize, gather with friends or take a new love interest out on an affordable first date. Stroll these great walks for Atlanta art lovers.
Castleberry Hills Art Stroll
180 Walker St.
Atlanta, GA 30313
Date: Second Friday of every month, 7 to 10 p.m.
Castleberry Hills is one of the most popular places for art galleries in Atlanta, and as a bonus, it’s also home to many dining options. After the Art Stroll Stroll stop by one of the nearby restaurants such as No Mas, which features great Mexican food. Here’s what the Castleberry Hills Art Stroll has to offer:
- New on the scene is ZuCot Gallery, which hosts a few local artists as well as some European artists. The gallery also features a large projection screen to showcase films and video installations. Visitors can also catch exhibitions by local artists on the gallery’s mezzanine.
- Besharat Gallery is one of the top galleries on Peters Street and has opened an annex called Besharat Contemporary, which features works from local and international artists. Upcoming exhibitions feature works from Robert Jessup and Antoni Taule.
- The Granite Room is privately run by local photographers, and it’s not always open. When The Granite Room does participate in the walk, it’s a real treat for art lovers who enjoy looking at photography in a unique, contemporary setting.
- Marcia Wood Gallery is one of the older galleries on the Stroll, having moved from Buckhead a few years ago. March’s exhibitions hold Alan Loehle’s new Rome painting series.
Westside Arts District Art Walk
Date: Third Saturday of every month, Noon to 5 p.m.
The Westside Art District was formed back in 2009 and now consists of 10 galleries including Astolfi Art, Atlanta Contemporary Art Center and Sandler Hudson Gallery, among others. One of the leading contemporary art centers in the Southeast, Atlanta Contemporary Art Center prides itself on continually changing exhibits, showcasing from eight to 10 per year. Also on this tour, stop by University of Georgia graduate Emily Amy’s gallery. Amy has an eye for fine art and is also available for art consultations.
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Downtown Art Walk
Date: First Thursday of each month, 5 p.m. to 8 p.m.
The beauty of a self-guided tour is that it allows you the freedom to take in the beauty of your surroundings at your own pace. If you don’t know where to start, download a sample itinerary from the Atlanta Downtown Improvement District’s website. Art lovers even enjoy free parking at Lanier Parking Deck behind the library. Tickets are stamped at library front desk and art-goers also have free evening event parking at United Way parking garage. Museums on this tour include The African American Panoramic Experience Museum, which honors the role African American’s have played in American inventions; The Window Project, which features media installation pieces created by synchronized projectors; and the Paige Harvey Art Gallery, which showcases some of Atlanta’s most beautiful paintings.
High Museum of Art
1280 Peachtree Street NE
Atlanta, GA 30309
Price: $18/adults, $15/seniors and students, $11/children 6-17, Free/children age 5 and under
Hours: Thursdays, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.
The High Museum of Art stays open late every Thursday night to cater to the after-work crowd. There’s always a new and exciting exhibit on display in addition to the permanent exhibits, so even the most frequent museum-goers will find something new each visit. Be sure to catch the Picasso the Warhol exhibit before it leaves April 29; it includes famous paintings such as Picasso’s Girl before a Mirror, Matisse’s Dance (I) and Mondrian’s Trafalgar Square. Make a night of it by stopping by Table 1280 for cocktails and tapas after work before heading over the the museum to gaze at the artwork.
659 Auburn Ave
Atlanta, GA 30312
Date: Fourth Friday of each month, 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.
Studioplex is a live work loft space in the historic Old Fourth Ward district. On the fourth Friday of every month, StudioPlex opens the complex up to the public for an art walk. Grab drinks at Krog Bar before touring the space for a great Friday date night.
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Stacy Sheets is native to Atlanta. She is a graduate of the University of Georgia. Stacy is a freelance writer who enjoys keeping abreast on the best Atlanta has to offer. Her work can be found at Examiner.com.