Photography by Anna Routh Barzin, courtesy of Artsuite. Design by Barrie Benson.
Art has a wonderful way of enlivening a space by adding depth, interest, and personality to the room. Recently, we asked our editors in the eastern portion of the United States for their recommendations on the galleries in their areas that both new and seasoned collectors should know about. Here they introduce 15 galleries, each with unique offerings that are certain to grab the attention of art lovers from coast to coast.
Raleigh, Durham & Chapel Hill, North Carolina
GALLERY: Artsuite (artwork featured above)
LOCATION: Raleigh, Durham, and Chapel Hill, North Carolina
WHAT THEY SPECIALIZE IN: Artsuite is an online platform and art marketplace that’s all about creating connections—connecting artists with collectors, galleries with communities, and advocates and activists with impactful causes and events.
WHAT OUR EDITOR SAYS: “Founders Marjorie Hodges and Allen Thomas Jr. are very connected in the art world and have brought some exciting public art to the area,” says Hopie Avery, editor of The Scout Guide Raleigh, Durham & Chapel Hill. “It’s an exciting, new concept on how to collect art, and I love the community that they are building around this platform to support artists and connect them with collectors. Art feels very accessible and high quality.”
Photography by David Christensen.
GALLERY: Pryor Fine Art
LOCATION: Atlanta, Georgia
WHAT THEY SPECIALIZE IN: Pryor represents more than 60 exceptional artists, carefully selected from emerging and established talents across the U.S, Canada, Australia, and Berlin. Demand for the work of its artists has made the gallery a state and nationwide destination for fine art. Top designers throughout the country source Pryor for commercial clients and for private collections each year. Centrally located on Miami Circle in Atlanta, Pryor Fine Art is a must-visit for art lovers in the area.
WHAT OUR EDITOR SAYS: “I love the variety of art, and the sale of some pieces is huge! I also love the owner and the people who work there,” says Katie Newton, editor of The Scout Guide Atlanta.
Photography by Heidi Harris Photography. Styled by Abigail Propst.
GALLERY: Atlanta Artist Collective
LOCATION: Atlanta, Georgia
WHAT THEY SPECIALIZE IN: Atlanta Artist Collective, or AAC, is a collective of local artists with the mission to offer patrons affordable, original art while giving back to the community. From abstracts and landscapes to representational works, AAC features a broad range of artistic styles and is a favorite resource for art lovers, collectors, and interior designers throughout the United States.
WHAT OUR EDITOR SAYS: “It is so great to see and have access to emerging and affordable art,” says says Katie Newton, editor of The Scout Guide Atlanta, of what AAC offers.
Photography courtesy of Quirk Charlottesville.
GALLERY: Quirk Gallery
LOCATION: Charlottesville, Virginia
WHAT THEY SPECIALIZE IN: Housed in the design-forward Quirk Hotel Charlottesville, Quirk Gallery is a bi-level gallery and gift shop showing pieces from local, regional, and national artists.
WHAT OUR EDITOR SAYS: “Quirk Gallery is always fun to visit, whether for an exhibit or to browse their well-curated gift shop,” says Susie Matheson, co-editor of The Scout Guide Charlottesville. “I love how in addition to featuring established artists, they also choose to showcase emerging local artists, giving them a platform they may otherwise not have.”
Charlotte, North Carolina
Photography by The Beautiful Mess Photography.
GALLERY: Shain Gallery
LOCATION: Charlotte, North Carolina
WHAT THEY SPECIALIZE IN: Established in 1998, Shain Gallery has earned a reputation as one of the finest contemporary art providers in the Southeast. Shain Gallery serves a discriminating clientele of regional homeowners and corporations and represents over forty different nationally and regionally acclaimed artists. The gallery offers consultation and acquisition assistance, an annual schedule of exhibitions, and welcomes clients who are just beginning to collect art and those who have been collecting for years.
WHAT OUR EDITOR SAYS: “We love the Shain Gallery’s approach to art collection and exhibition,” says Lisa Sherrill, editor of The Scout Guide Charlotte. “They always provide a variety of styles and price points, and there’s something for everyone.”
Photography by Chris Edwards.
GALLERY: Toshkova Fine Art Advisory
LOCATION: Charlotte, North Carolina
WHAT THEY SPECIALIZE IN: Owner Irina Toshkova brings expert knowledge in contemporary art and an extensive network of artists to TFA Advisory, exposing Charlotte locals and visitors to a fun, interactive art experience.
WHAT OUR EDITOR SAYS: “Irina has been bringing new and exciting art to Charlotte for over 15 years, collaborating with artists and proving her success as an advisor to foundations, corporations, architects, and developers in Charlotte and beyond,” says Lisa Sherrill, editor of The Scout Guide Charlotte. “Most recently, Irina has opened the gallery in the collaborative space with Tiny Gods Jewelry and TSG Charlotte, creating new opportunities for community events, artist awareness, and exciting exhibits.”
Asheville, North Carolina
Photography by Anastasiia Photography.
GALLERY: Momentum Gallery
LOCATION: Asheville, North Carolina
WHAT THEY SPECIALIZE IN: Jordan Ahlers is the owner and director of Momentum Gallery with over twenty years’ experience in the field. Ahlers has worked with thousands of professional artists across the country and is known for his success in helping to advance the careers of artists, placing them in private and corporate collections. His latest venture, Momentum Gallery, is a 15,000-square-foot state-of-the-art gallery powered by solar energy, making it one of the largest and most accessible fine art galleries in the region.
WHAT OUR EDITOR SAYS: “Momentum offers a contemporary and modern program with an emphasis on emerging and mid-career artists. The gallery is an easily accessible, street-level space and their mission is to provide compelling, museum-quality art to clients,” shares Meagan Harris, editor of The Scout Guide Asheville. “Curated exhibitions featuring exceptional paintings, original prints, and innovative sculpture refresh regularly in the main spaces and smaller adjoining galleries. Owners Jordan and Shifra Ahlers have truly created a destination for art collectors in Asheville.”
Photography by Rachael McIntosh Photography.
GALLERY: Tracey Morgan Gallery
LOCATION: Asheville, North Carolina
WHAT THEY SPECIALIZE IN: Tracey Morgan Gallery, located in the South Slope area of Asheville, specializes in contemporary photography, works on paper, painting, sculpture, and installations by emerging and established artists from the United States and abroad. The secondary focus of the gallery is to promote the visual arts in the community by highlighting work created by regional artists or pertaining to Western North Carolina. Each year, the gallery will present a rotation of well-researched exhibitions by individual artists as well as curated group shows that explore historical and contemporary themes.
WHAT OUR EDITOR SAYS: “This cool, sparse space has an edgy, New York City feel, and the owner, Tracey, is super approachable and lovely,” says Meagan Harris, editor of The Scout Guide Asheville. “The gallery’s focus is to guide both experienced and new collectors through the process of acquiring artworks from emerging and established artists. Locals and out-of-town collectors seek out this special gallery.”
Photography by Alston Thompson Photography.
GALLERY: Page Bond Gallery
LOCATION: Richmond, Virginia
WHAT THEY SPECIALIZE IN: Page Bond Gallery exhibits a broad range of contemporary art in a variety of media, including painting, sculpture, and photography.
WHAT OUR EDITOR SAYS: “Page Bond sources the most amazing contemporary artists and displays them in a modern and beautiful way at her gallery on Main Street,” shares Cheney Edmunds, editor of The Scout Guide Richmond. “The gallery not only displays the art, but hosts informative talks and opening receptions as well. Page Bond Gallery is a real gem for Richmond.”
Photography by Ross Creative Group.
GALLERY: Goetze Art and Design
LOCATION: Memphis, Tennessee
WHAT THEY SPECIALIZE IN: Amanda Goetze connects her clients to extraordinary artists in the United States and globally while providing unparalleled art concierge services. She is an expert at finding the perfect piece for her clients’ collections. You can see the type of art she sells on her Instagram highlights as well as in her inventory on her website.
WHAT OUR EDITOR SAYS: “I love that Amanda doesn’t discriminate when it comes to the art she sells—she has a large variety. When I walked into her home for one of her open houses, I was in awe over all the wonderful pieces,” says Stephanie Stephens, editor of The Scout Guide Memphis. “She always knows the story behind each piece, making it easy for her to connect her clients to meaningful art, passed down for generations to come.”
Photography courtesy of Amy Art.
GALLERY: Amy Art
LOCATION: Naples, Florida
WHAT THEY SPECIALIZE IN: Gorgeous seascapes and coastal abstracts, usually oversized.
WHAT OUR EDITOR SAYS: “I love the sense of calm the space evokes from the moment I step inside,” says Jennifer Adams, editor of The Scout Guide Naples, of the gallery. “The large-scale seascapes and palette of blues transport you to a quiet beach so serene, you can almost hear the sound of the waves!”
Point Pleasant Beach, New Jersey
Photography by Jim Inzero.
GALLERY: Jim Inzero Gallery
LOCATION: Point Pleasant Beach, New Jersey
WHAT THEY SPECIALIZE IN: Jim Inzero specializes in encaustic paintings, a technique that uses heated pigmented wax. He paints seascapes, landscapes, and abstract paintings in this medium.
WHAT OUR EDITOR SAYS: “I personally love the richness of the encaustic medium,” says Kathy Kamatani, editor of The Scout Guide Two Rivers & The Shore. “The paintings are dimensional, rich in color, and truly transform the space in which they are placed.”
Photography courtesy of Fischer Galleries.
GALLERY: Fischer Galleries
LOCATION: Jackson, Mississippi
WHAT THEY SPECIALIZE IN: Fischer Galleries specializes in representing a contemporary collection of original paintings, photography, and sculpture by both local and regional artists. Fischer Galleries focuses not only on highlighting the region’s more established contemporary artists, but on young emerging artists as well.
WHAT OUR EDITOR SAYS: “The owner of Fischer Galleries, Marcy Fischer, consistently does an impeccable job finding phenomenal artists and pieces for her gallery,” says Carley Hawkins, editor of The Scout Guide Jackson & Hattiesburg. “It’s impossible not to fall in love with and covet multiple pieces each time you’re fortunate enough to make a trip to Fischer Galleries.”
Photography courtesy of Brown’s Fine Art and Framing.
GALLERY: Brown’s Fine Art and Framing
LOCATION: Jackson, Mississippi
WHAT THEY SPECIALIZE IN: A family business for three generations, started by the original generation’s love of framing, Brown’s offers some of the very best local and regional art as well as unmatched custom framing.
WHAT OUR EDITOR SAYS: “The moment you walk into Brown’s, they make you feel perfectly at home. Their customer service, artists, and breathtaking custom framing set them apart,” shares Carley Hawkins, editor of The Scout Guide Jackson & Hattiesburg.
Photography courtesy of Mark Pulliam.
GALLERY: Mark Pulliam Fine Art
LOCATION: Orlando, Florida
WHAT THEY SPECIALIZE IN: Mark Pulliam takes on commissions but also exhibits original paintings and prints. Tapping into his years as an art consultant, Mark offers custom framing, done right in the studio, personal delivery, and installation.
WHAT OUR EDITOR SAYS: “Mark’s beautiful work is full of creativity, spontaneity, and speaks to everyone differently,” says Jaleh Benner, editor of The Scout Guide Orlando. “His gallery is a lovely curation of all of these works, and things in the works!”
Photography courtesy of Zenva.
LOCATION: Winter Park, Florida
WHAT THEY SPECIALIZE IN: Enjoy a buzz without the booze in this welcoming, vibrant lounge showcasing stunning international and local art.
WHAT OUR EDITOR SAYS: “Zenva marries art and kava, making it a really unique place to visit. I love the ever-changing featured artist,” says Jaleh Benner, editor of The Scout Guide Orlando.
Mobile Bay, Alabama
Photography courtesy of Sophiella Gallery.
GALLERY: Sophiella Gallery
LOCATION: Mobile, Alabama
WHAT THEY SPECIALIZE IN: Their objective is to bring the region’s best local artists and collectors together in one fine art gallery.
WHAT OUR EDITOR SAYS: “Sophiella is such a local treasure! Owner Kim Kelly has a knack for finding incredible local artists that may not be the most well known and making them shine,” says Katie McNeil, editor of The Scout Guide Mobile Bay. “She has artists of all different levels and styles and I just appreciate her huge advocacy for the arts in downtown Mobile.”