With all the talk about Atlanta's Castleberry Arts District becoming our lil' Chelsea, I don't think the comparison is a good one. Why? Because Chelsea is ground central for the world's top artists to debut major bodies of work and Castleberry is not that. It is though, very much like the scene in Brooklyn which is much fresher and edgier than Chelsea. And that is a great thing. Brooklyn is like Chelsea's minor league and there is no reason why Chelsea can't have a farm team in the South and Castleberry is doing everything right to stake that claim.
Romo Gallery is showing smart, but a little rough around the edges, work by [dNASAb] (at left)that is something that never would have been seen in Atlanta a few years ago, but would feel just right in Brooklyn and feels right here now as well.
Marcia Wood has Brian Novatny (at right) on display who is in step with the current drawing craze taking place now and whose works are so well executed and free of any seemingly required psychological heaviness that I was suspicious of their quality at first, but they have since won me over. Priced right at $1,800, they are a smart purchase, especially given Novaty's Yale pedigree and imminent signing with a Chelsea heavyweight. Novatny's work is so much better than the hundreds of similar drawings I've seen in NYC in the last two years.