Mason Murer Fine Art is relocating this November to a site not far from its current location on Armour Drive. The cavernous gallery and event space will move to 1386 Mayson Street in the Armour Junction development, adjacent to both the BeltLine and I-85.
The gallery’s existing building has been sold and will become a distillery for American Spirit Whiskey, which, together with the nearby SweetWater and Orpheus breweries, will make for a boozy promenade on the BeltLine.
According to Mark Mason Karelson, the parking situation will be better in the new location. Mason Murer has long hosted such events as the Art Papers auction and private functions that notoriously require guests to park competitively or remotely.
Karelson and Glen Murer have been in business together for 10 years, but only Karelson will continue on with the gallery. He says that the programming will be much the same. “Ten years ago, we looked around and saw that Atlanta didn’t have any art neighborhoods or destinations. We wanted to create a space that offered multiple experiences at the same time. Every show is essentially a group show.”
While that strategy is inclusive, it has at times confused visitors, with as many as 120 pieces on view simultaneously. Karelson plans to hang about a third as many works in the new space. Explaining the programming, he says, “We will continue to have work up by one disabled artist and will continue to show student work” in addition to other revolving exhibitions.
Mason Fine Art will contain 21,000 square feet compared to the existing 24,000. But, according to Karelson, it will feel larger because of the layout. All the storage space will be consolidated at the back of the space; it’s currently scattered in several places around the gallery. It will also feature moveable walls that will be more exhibition friendly.
Karelson expects to reopen in December with an inaugural exhibition featuring the work of Linda Mitchell, Larry Walker, Joe Remillard, Otto Lange, and Terri Dilling.
The last event in the gallery’s current space will be the Atlanta Celebrates Photography gala on October 17. The next Art Papers auction will take place in the new facility in early 2015.