Nimble gallerist Marcia Wood is shifting her business model again, returning to a single bricks-and-mortar location instead of operating two. Benjamin Britton’s not-to-be-missed painting show at the Midtown space — closing this Saturday — will end Wood’s run in Midtown.
One of Atlanta’s few longtime dealers, Wood has shown an ability to adapt to the prevailing economic climate and roll with the punches. In February 2015, she opened the Midtown location on Monroe (former home of both Solomon Projects and Get This Gallery) as a second space, converting her Castleberry Hill location into a venue for occasional experimental projects.
Currently on view in Castleberry is a show by North Carolina-born, Philadelphia-based artist Sarah Gamble, which opened on December 10 and can be seen through January 5. Wood says she is excited about new developments in programming and plans to have a grand reopening in the first quarter of 2017.
In addition to moving her main gallery back to Castleberry, Wood has begun seeking other opportunities to promote her artists. One such opportunity is a popup gallery at 1065 Midtown in the Private Residences on Peachtree. Wood was contacted by developers TriBridge Residential, who inquired about staging a unit with works from her inventory. She agreed to curate a dynamic exhibition in an unfurnished unit that interacted with the view and the architecture. Through February 5, the art-going and real-estate curious public can visit the exhibition on Saturdays and Sundays from 12-4pm.
Among the 14 artists whose work is installed are Benjamin Britton, Joe Peragine, Brian Novatny, Lucinda Bunnen, Mery Lynn McCorkle, and Venske & Spanle.
Wood also recently placed a group of trinket-encrusted sculptures by Mary Engel in Concourse E at Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport, and a Katherine Taylor painting in the new Delta flagship Skyclub in Concourse B. Wood will be seeking more such opportunities and other projects with brick-and-mortar partners in the future.