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(Travel + Leisure) -- Ever on the lookout for more space, urban artists and art dealers pioneer the SoHos of tomorrow. Here, five of our favorites plus a sampling of cutting-edge galleries.
In the 1990s, artists started to renovate the area's postbellum warehouses; two years ago, the venerable Marcia Wood Gallery moved in next door to the two-year-old Ty Stokes Gallery. www.castleberryhill.net.
Marcia Wood Gallery, 263 Walker St. SW; 404/827-0030
Ty Stokes Gallery, 261 Walker St. SW; 404/222-9863
Romo Gallery, 309 Peters St. SW; 404/222-9955
Contemporary galleries -- Bernard Toale and Samson Projects among them -- are filling a converted warehouse in the city's South End, a (relatively) low-rent haven for artists.
Bernard Toale Gallery, 450 Harrison Ave.; 617/482-2477
Samson Projects, 450 Harrison Ave.; 617/357-7177
Allston Skirt Gallery, 65 Thayer St.; 617/482-3652
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Community groups long sought to lure reputable artists to the area between Fifth and 10th Avenues. Today, the crowds on First Friday Art Walks are a testament to their success. www.artdistrictonsantafe.com.
South La Cienega's former garages have proved to be perfect for viewing art. In the past three years, Blum & Poe, Lizabeth Oliveria Gallery and LAXART have relocated here. www.culvercity.org.
Blum & Poe, 2754 S. La Cienega Blvd.; 310/836-2062
Lizabeth Oliveria Gallery, 2712 S. La Cienega Blvd.; 310/837-1073
LAXART, 2640 S. La Cienega Blvd.; 310/559-0166
MC, 6086 Comey Ave.; 323/939-3777
Walter Maciel Gallery, 2642 S. La Cienega Blvd.; 310/839-1840
Mandrake, 2692 S. La Cienega Blvd.; 310/837-3297 (art space and bar)
A few blocks north of the Old City, which is already a cultural hub, is a growing arts district that includes the Ashley Gallery and Projects Gallery. www.northernliberties.org.
Ashley Gallery, 718 N. Third St.; 215/888-4813
Projects Gallery, 629 N. Second St.; 267/303-9652
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