As the sun sets on the balmy July Friday, a colorful sky silhouettes Atlanta behind the Peters Street bridge. A freight train runs underneath and through the makeshift parking lot where cars are piling up behind Castleberry Hill's main drag.
Up on Peters Street, the warm yellow light coming from the Granite Room gallery invites passers-by. The Castleberry Hill Arts Stroll is in full swing, and people file in and out of the gallery before sauntering off and up the street to the next gallery. Inside, the wine is already gone, but there's still a spread of cheese and nibbles, not to mention a large collection of photographs, mainly of Atlanta landmarks. A quick walk around the room, a brief pause to pontificate, and it's off to stroll.
Over on Walker Street, Gallery Stokes is serving Trader Joe's chardonnay and showing Marcia Goldenstein's oil paintings, which take scenes of nocturnal suburban streetlights and channel the quiet enchantment of normalcy. Viewers pause here thoughtfully. The paintings have a calming effect.
At the Marcia Wood Gallery, a troupe of hipsters in handlebar mustaches and suspenders (wasn't that girl on "America's Next Top Model"?) contemplate artwork that literally leaps off the wall. A mom and her young son, dawdling behind her clutching his teddy bear, breeze through the room. Pretension is at an all-time low. A redheaded toddler runs and squeals. In the other room, people squeeze past Mary Engel's large sculptures of dogs made up entirely of small canine china figurines. The art here is serious.
Out on the street, the siren call of margaritas beckons from No Mas Cantina. But luckily there's a real party vibe over at Krause Gallery, despite the very last of the merlot being poured right before 10 p.m. People are hanging out, and the art has become secondary. As the crowd dwindles, friends make plans to meet up elsewhere and trickle off into the night, a little bit tipsy, a little enriched and feeling like the pulse of the city is beating within them.
Castleberry Hill Arts Stroll. For future dates and times, check www.castleberryhill.org/artstroll.html.
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