Leading up to the launch of the Painter Collection, our creative team was continually in search of the best places to find great art. We looked near and far for the best offering of inspiration in some of our favorite cities across the country and came away with this must-read list.
Chelsea, New York
In the 1990s, Chelsea was grungy and industrial, with lots of vacant and inexpensive real estate. Enter artists. Painters, sculptors, designers and photographers flooded Chelsea, transforming the area and establishing an art hub unparalleled by anything else in the country. Between the hundreds of galleries that line the streets, the restaurants that both cater to foodies and offer cheap eats, the beautiful highline and the booming nightlife, there is no shortage of magnificent arts in this stunning part of Manhattan.
Call us biased, but this happens to be our favorite neighborhood in all the land to find great art. Since the FEED HQ is just a few short blocks south, there’s a good chance you will find someone from team FEED getting a quick lunch break art fix in one of the many galleries in the area. Here are our favorites:
River North, Chicago
Chicago artists and entrepreneurs took over the factories and warehouses in River North in the late 1970s. The infiltration of artists infused life and art into the area, permanently transforming its energy. Not only is River North flooded with art galleries, but it also boasts beautiful furniture stores, antique shops and showrooms. The neighborhood is also known for its outstanding cuisine, craft cocktail bars and nightlife.
There are so many galleries in River North, you can’t go wrong. But, our friends in Chicago tell us these are the best places to check out:
Design District, Miami
Local entrepreneur Carl Robbins had a vision for the future of Miami’s Design District. Fifteen years ago he acquired old properties, repurposing them in order to bring together internationally acclaimed design brands, significant art collections, provisional and lasting installations and remarkable restaurants. Now the cultural center of Miami, and home to some of the most fun nightlife in the city, the Design District is a quintessential aspect of the Miami scene.
Outside of New York, the Design District is one of our favorite art hubs in the country. The galleries are mesmerizing and there are always burgeoning artists to be discovered. Every space offers a unique perspective and showcases varying mediums. Of all the galleries, these are our favorites:
Arts District, Los Angeles
In the 1960s, artists illegally inhabited vacant warehouses in what has now become known as LA’s Arts District. Decades later, the government legally recognized the large artist presence in the neighborhood, giving them control over the spaces. Since then, the area has assumed an edgy vibe, one that permeates the walls of the galleries, cafes and performance venues that line the streets.
The LA art scene is huge, but our West Coast insiders say these are the galleries not to be missed:
2. Art Share LA
4. CB1 Gallery
5. 118 Winston
Where do you go to get your art fix? Let us know in the comments!