On Friday, I slid through the grand opening of the Westside Cultural Arts Center. It’s located in Midtown on 10th Street, close to some of Atlanta’s most popular dining spots like Miller Union and The Optimist, as well as my favorite coffee shop, Octane – Westside.
Inside, the massive building is divided into two spacious areas with an art gallery on the left and entertainment space outfitted with a bar, stage and VIP seating to the right. “Blues and Barbecue” was the event’s theme, so a live band energized the crowd as they sipped drinks and danced freely on and around the dance floor.
The Fay Gold Gallery, which originally closed in 2009, has re-opened as the center’s gallery in-residence and treated guests to the premiere of the Art in the Streets exhibition.
I’m a sucker for urban art, so I was completely in my zone. Rolling dolo, but seeing some familiar faces, I took about three tours around the gallery to fully absorb the art pieces.
To summarize the exhibition, I’ll say that Arts in the Streets is a collection of photographs and prints celebrating moments, elements and emotions of city life from across the globe with graffiti as the unifying thread and common voice. Capturing images dating back to the 1980’s from Paris, Berlin, London, Buenos Aires, San Francisco, New York City and Atlanta, artists Sheila Pee Bright, Terry Check, Nicole Jacobs, Sven Licht, Anita Rosenberg and Douglas Stratton provide us with deliberate snapshots of urban landscapes being used to tell the stories of their city.
Below are some snazzy pics from my iPhone, but I strongly recommend that you visit the WCAC / Fay Gold Gallery and take in a some art. It’s healthy. Peace.