Whether you're walking by an Art the Box painting on the streets of downtown or studying local works on the walls of New Moon Cafe as you stand in line to grab a coffee - it's not hard to find art in Augusta. And, although you've probably already been to see the permanent galleries at the Morris Museum of Art, the annual Sense of Place exhibit at Gertrude Herbert Institute of Art, or one of Westobou's regularly rotating exhibits - chances are that you've walked right past these three lesser-known gems.
If you've driven past the 6th and 7th blocks on Broad, then you've already encountered the quirky building in the center of the street. Designed by one of the world’s most renowned architects, I.M. Pei, in the 1970s, what was once "The Old Chamber building" is now known as 600 Broad. The space is home to an art gallery, a handful of local businesses and arts groups, and the site of "Live From Downtown" every First Friday of the month.
Tucked away on Broad Street, next to Sky City, you'll find a little red door that beckons you into the artist co-op that is Artus. Part working studio, part public gallery - here you'll find art that's as eclectic as it's artist members with pieces ranging from beautiful cut paper illustrations, to edgy urban paintings and mixed media, to handcrafted leather goods.
Wolf & Finch
If you're looking for a sign to lead you in the right direction, then you'll never find Augusta's newest contemporary art gallery, Wolf and Finch. But one step inside the gallery's bright facade between 8th and 9th on Broad - and you'll know you're in the right place. On any given day, you might find works by iconic Augusta artists - like Jay Jacobs and Leonard "Porkchop" Zimmerman - or by newer artists to the Augusta scene - like Chadwick Tolley and Brian McGrath.