If you were looking to the future of how we will ultimately come to interact with art in this digital century, the exhilarating new app Loupe would be a great place to start.
Loupe allows essentially anyone to live with a thoughtfully curated “virtual gallery” (streaming on your phone, on your laptop, on your television screen…), this peeling away a significant layer of distance between the public and the sometimes “elite” world of art.
It has won celebrity fans – like Ronnie Vannucci of The Killers – but also attracted top artistic talent, including Atlanta based painter Nicole Kutz. In the second entry of a BlackBook-Loupe collaboration series, she gives us a guide to the city she calls home, revealing where the local creative community can most likely be found on any given day or night.
“I think the Atlanta art scene is on the cusp of expanding and becoming more permeating,” she says. “You can feel that energy and excitement throughout the city and it feeds any conversation I have with artists, which really brings a sense of community. It’s inspiring to see what comes out of this drive and also inspiring to feel that your work has a lasting impact on the city’s own culture.”
Here is her guide to artistic Atlanta:
Beautiful new gallery in West Midtown that is best experienced during the day for all the natural light that streams through the windows. Their shows effortlessly pair established artists’ work with a consistent hint of the unexpected. Every opening makes for great people watching.
The Atlanta Contemporary Art Center
Another great spot for a dose of art on white walls, The Atlanta Contemporary is always an inspiration. Their annual Art Party and Open Studios are a blast, with great food and even better art. The space for me is core to the growing scene.
Definitely a difficult choice between these two spots. The Earl has a bit of a leg up with its killer black bean burger, but Aisle 5 has a special place in my heart. The Earl is an East Atlanta Village staple that draws top notch music onto it’s small, underground stage. Aisle 5 is newer to the scene, but brings in a great crowd, great vibes and put on some of my favorite shows I saw in 2016.
Ria’s Bluebird Café
An Atlanta icon and by far the best pancakes in the city. The entire interior could be straight out of “Stranger Things,” and love looking at Oakland Cemetery while sipping coffee and also looking at R.Land’s quirky, but quintessentially Atlanta, paintings.
Doctor Bombay’s Underwater Tea Party
Best scones and blueberry green tea in Atlanta. (What more can you ask for?!) Maybe it’s the umbrellas from the ceiling or children’s textbook wallpaper in the bathroom, but this spot has always been a gem in Candler Park. Plus, they do a legitimate high tea.
Although I can’t live without coffee, and Octane is my favorite in the city, the Woodruff Arts Center location reigns supreme. Slightly smaller than their other locations, but amazing architectural views of the High Museum and Midtown Atlanta.
A little hidden off the train tracks with phenomenal tasting (and priced) food. The entire experience is like going to your friend’s dinner party, and it’s owned by the previous owners of Sound Table, so there is always an amazing playlist paired with your food. (Another perk: it’s BYOB)
The Sound Table
Favorite for late night Friday dancing and the Felipe Pantone mural on the outside wall. Solid cocktails and perfect amount of space to explore.
Slowly becoming the “artsy spot” for everyone, I still love the lights and little details about this West Midtown spot. The entire space is reminiscent of a Blade Runner cocktail lounge and you never know where the night will end up from there.
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