A Real Piece of Work
An expansive new gallery embraces local Atlanta artists
Seemingly omnipresent local artist Peter Ferrari recently made the leap to gallerist with the opening of Facet Gallery in the Old Fourth Ward.
Along with graphic designer Matt Daniels, local photographer Elliot Liss and entrepreneur and horticulturalist David Baker, Ferrari took over the space formerly known as Stuart McClean Gallery. For the inaugural show, Facet displayed banners created by local activists for the various marches and protests that occurred on the Presidential Inauguration day. The owners have since hosted a fundraiser for Liliana Bakhtiari’s city council bid, an art auction, photography show, artist talks, website workshops and more, with an overall aim of providing another outlet to nurture interdisciplinary artists in Atlanta’s creative community.
Additionally, Ferrari has stated that Facet takes a lower commission than most other galleries, so it can provide as much support as possible to the artists. The team also wants to encourage a younger set of art collectors so local creatives can continue to grow. The spacious gallery can display 100 or so pieces at a time. The building in Old Fourth Ward also includes Keen Space, which Ferrari describes as “an Airbnb room for individuals or couples to come and enjoy the gallery and its amenities, and to go on art tours and art experiences.” As far as the name “Keen” goes, “Elliot loves Australia and the word ‘keen,’” he explains. “We thought it made a cool identity for the Airbnb portion, so we put it on the wall and built the vibe around that.”
Overall, the vibe that Ferrari and co. have created with this mixed use space is a welcome addition to Atlanta’s artistic community.
STORY: Caroline Cox