Friday, May 5 from 7 to 10 p.m.
Matre Gallery was established in 1995, and since then it’s called a few Atlanta locations home. This May, it’s celebrating its move from Miami Circle to a 4,000-square-foot space in Buckhead at 2300 Peachtree Road. Make plans to attend the Grand Opening on May 5 to see the new space. The gallery is the home base for Rob Matre’s dual career as gallery owner and artist/photographer. It also features work by local and national artists with a focus on figurative and representational paintings, drawings, photography and mixed-media works.
Castleberry Hill Historic Arts District
Friday, May 12 from 7 to 10 p.m.
The 2nd Friday Art Stroll is a free, self-guided tour throughout Castleberry Hill’s Historic Arts District. The area is a warehouse district in the midst of a renaissance, with the old commercial structures being turned into dramatic loft homes and studios. Besharat Gallery and Zucot Gallery participate in the festivities in addition to several studio galleries, boutique shops and restaurants that host special events. Information sheets and maps are available at 180 Walker Street in front of Bottle Rocket the night of the event.
Saturday, May 20 from 6 to 10 p.m.
On Saturday, May 20, visitors to Oakland Cemetery can find artist Sanithna Phansavanh‘s life-sized murals inspired by the Greek myth of Persephone mingled throughout the Victorian gardens. According to mythology, Hades, god of the underworld, kidnapped Persephone to be his queen. Once a year – in spring – Persephone was permitted to visit the land of the living, and upon her return flowers bloomed. Make sure to visit the North Public Grounds to catch performances by music and movement collective Flight of Swallows throughout the evening. Attendees can also enjoy beer, wine, soft drinks and fare from some of Atlanta’s favorite food trucks. Gates open at 6 p.m. and the exhibition closes at 10 p.m. Tickets are $18 in advance and $25 at the gate.
Atlanta Contemporary Art Center
Thursday, May 25 from 6 to 9 p.m.
Swing by the Atlanta Contemporary Art Center for the Open Studio event on May 25 between 6 and 9 p.m. to see what the 14 artists in the Studio Artist Program have been up to lately. Meet the artists, see their work firsthand, and perhaps add some art to your collection. This event is in conjunction with Contemporary Cocktails, and there is a cash bar on-site with freshly mixed cocktails by local Mixologists. Admission is $10.