When you visit a city, it’s sometimes nice to sidestep the large and crowded museums for a more intimate glimpse into the local art scene. For that type of day, these are some of the finest boutique art galleries in the country:
Located in Boston’s hip, artsy Jamaica Plain neighborhood, Aviary has been a space to explore work from the city’s emerging artistic talents since 2011. Here you’ll find everything from sprawling wire sculptures to sound installations and classic photography exhibitions. Be sure to check out what’s happening at Aviary next time you’re in town, as it also hosts concerts, film screenings, and performances.
Aviary Gallery. 48 South St. Jamaica Plain, MA. (617) 477-4728
Okay, WagMag isn’t a boutique art gallery in Brooklyn, it’s actually a resource to finding out which of the thousands of art galleries in Brooklyn you should see. This website has breakdowns of neighborhoods from Williamsburg to DUMBO, updates of ongoing exhibitions (so you can see what piques your interest), maps, listings of openings, and so much more. Check out the DUMBO First Thursday Gallery Walk to see a bunch of galleries near IC’s Nu Hotel al lin a single night!
WagMag. A Brooklyn Art Guide
Gross McCleaf Gallery
This famous Philadelphia gallery offers a consistently stunning collection of contemporary realist paintings for its viewers. With a keen focus on works of life that feature depictions of landscapes, cityscapes, still lifes and interiors, there’s a continuity throughout its new and old exhibits that’s rare amongst modern galleries. Its featured work by big name artists like Jeffrey Reed and Ying Li.
Gross McCleaf Gallery. 127 S 16th St. Philadelphia, PA. (215) 665-8138
Miami Beach, FL
Set on the iconic Ocean Drive in South Beach, which also happens to be in the heart of the city’s Art Deco District, Effusion Gallery is a pop art haven. Representing over 40 artists at a time, it focuses on tropical, art deco works that feature bright colors and diverse cultural roots. This is the perfect place to find a retro glass sculpture or small desk piece to remember your trip to Miami Beach.
Effusion Gallery. 1120 Ocean Drive. Miami Beach, FL. (305) 538-3558
Santa Barbara, CA
Established in 1984 from Santa Barbara locals Ralph and Diane Waterhouse, this gallery is a staple of the city’s colorful and bohemian arts scene. Currently located on the town’s premier State Street, this is a destination stocked with fine oil paintings from local artists. Regular artists talks and performances also take place in the space.
Waterhouse Gallery. 1114 State St. Santa Barbara, CA. (805) 962-8885