In 1994, Marcia Wood decided to open an art gallery. She labored over what to call the place on the corner of North Highland Avenue and Amsterdam, going back and forth with permutations of street names and other options until an exasperated friend finally told her to “just put your [expletive deleted] name on the door and move on!”
Twenty years later, Marcia Wood Gallery remains one of Atlanta’s important contemporary art venues, and many of the 20 artists in her gallery inaugural show are synonymous with her program. Ruth Laxson, for instance, has been with Wood from the start, and Mary Engel almost as long.
The peripatetic gallery owner moved once more before settling into her current Castleberry Hill location in 2004. Over the years, she has expanded her program to 40 artists — national and international as well as important Georgians. Among those on the roster: sculptors Venske & Spänl, photographer Chris Verene and mixed-media artist Marcus Kenney.
Expanding her purview, she published Pull, a portfolio of prints by six gallery artists, in 2010 and co-curated Hip Young Owl, Laxson’s 2013 retrospective at the Museum of Contemporary Art of Georgia.
Wood will celebrate her 20th anniversary with Your apprehension is noted, a solo show of paintings by Benjamin Britton, an artist new to her gallery and to the city’s art scene.
Britton has recently relocated from Los Angeles to Athens, where he is Assistant Professor of Drawing and Painting at the Lamar Dodd School of Art, University of Georgia.
The reception is September 20, from 7 to 10 p.m.