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Experience Atlanta's Best Art Galleries: First Thursdays Art Walk

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From the APEX Museum to the world-famous Rialto Center for the Arts, when you make your home at The Jane Atlanta, you can take advantage of our city’s vibrant art scene. In addition to gorgeous permanent exhibits, our local galleries rotate through new exhibits and spectacular works by local artists.

For a true taste of Atlanta’s art scene, check out the First Thursdays Art Walk. On the first Thursday of every month, you can tour the eight participating galleries to view fresh work from our city’s top creators. The best part? It’s free.

You can develop your own itinerary and tour the galleries at your own pace. To help you decide, we’ve highlighted some of our favorite stops.

APEX Museum

Steadfast in their commitment to representing the people of African diaspora, the African American Panoramic Experience (APEX) Museum is a jewel of the Atlanta art scene. The museum is dedicated to sharing the African and African-American perspective on the past and present. In addition to their exhibits, they also host a storyteller-in-residence who shares African-American folk tales with students of all ages.

Rialto Center for the Arts

Used as a multipurpose arts space, Rialto Center for the Arts is home to world-class music and dance acts. On first Thursdays, you can also tour their two-story gallery space for free. The gallery focuses on local artists who are emerging in their fields. During the Art Walk, be sure to stop in to meet the featured artist and hear about their work and process.

Auburn Avenue Research Library

Visit the Auburn Avenue Research Library on African-American Culture and History set in the historic Sweet Auburn district. Featuring arts and artifacts, moving images, recorded sounds, and a wide array of cultural ephemera, the library is dedicated to the research and study of African-American culture. Stop by during the art walk to see work by acclaimed national and international artists.

Buckhead Gallery Walk

After you’ve hit the first three, venture over to the Buckhead neighborhood. With galleries on Bennett Street, Peachtree Hills, and downtown Buckhead, you’ll need more than one night to hit them all. Stop by Ann Irwin Fine Art, Bennett Street Gallery, and TULA. Meet the artists and explore one of the area’s finest neighborhoods. If you decide to make a night of it, enjoy an evening meal and an after-dinner cocktail at one of the delicious local eateries, like Holeman & Finch or R Thomas Deluxe Grill.