Hey guys, remember me? Yes, I know it's been a while since my last post. Apologies are definitely in order since I hate being away from here this long. However, this summer I had the opportunity to take part in two fun events that I know you, my fellow Atlanta art lovers, will want to know about. Marietta and Roswell each host a local art walk where their galleries stay open late and the streets are overflowing with creative vibes. Both events take place on the first Friday night of each month so it may be hard to choose between the two, but I promise, you can't go wrong with either one.
Marietta Square Art Walk
The Marietta Square Art Walk takes place on the first Fridays from March - November between the hours of 5 - 9 PM. The free self-guided walking tour celebrates the vitality of Marietta’s diverse cultural Arts scene, showcasing local artists and performers. Marietta Square is home to many galleries, most of which host openings for new shows on this night. And, more than 30 merchants host local artists and musicians outside of their doors, allowing visitors to meet the makers along the sidewalks and score great deals on original artwork. I have been fortunate enough to participate in three different art walks in Marietta this year. To give you a little taste, above is a short video of my booth from the August event. Visit the Marietta Square Art Walk website where you'll find helpful info like where to park and an application to participate as a vendor.
Roswell Art Walk
The Roswell Art Walk also takes place on the first Fridays of the month from 6 - 9 PM, however, this event runs all year long. The Roswell Art District is home to 10 participating galleries, each with their own distinctive style. Many of the galleries host special events complete with light bites, wine and may even have artists on hand to discuss their work. You'll find the galleries are located in what I call "clusters." The "Canton Street Cluster" has 6 galleries all within very short walking distances to each other with several great restaurants all in between. Then, hop on the free trolley which will take you down the road to the "South of Canton Cluster" where you'll find four more galleries to peruse. You'll definitely need to develop a strategy ahead of time since I think it's nearly impossible to get through all 10 in one evening. One suggestion is to visit the Roswell Art District website to download a printable map and get a preview of all of the participating galleries. This should help you better organize your trip.
Above, you'll see me with my fellow artist friend Corinne Mitchell when we got together for the July Art Walk. Unfortunately, we only made it to three galleries that night (Ford Smith, Taylor Kinzel and Ann Jackson.) But we had a fantastic evening enjoying a little food and wine and geeking out over all of the fabulous artwork that we DID have time to see. We even met several other local artists who were out and about. We thought it was a great way to soak up a little inspiration and gain insights from other creatives.
Other Atlanta Area Art Walks
There are a few other art walks around town that I wanted to mention. I haven't been able to attend these yet but they are definitely on my radar! Click on the links below for more info:
Castleberry Hill - 2nd Friday Art Stroll
Atlanta Downtown Arts Walk - 1st Thursday
Art on the Atlanta Beltline
I hope you get the opportunity to attend one of these events and help support the local arts. If you do, I would love to hear about your experience or about any new artists you discover. And, if you know about any additional art walks not listed here, then by all means please share them with me! Just comment below or send me an email anytime.