Your Source For The Arts In Atlanta


Note: Welcome to ArtsATL’s newest Art + Design feature, a monthly look at one of the many, many, many galleries we’re lucky to have in metro Atlanta. Look for it the last Monday of every month. Suggestions for future columns welcome. Please email [email protected] 


Inviting, eclectic and vivid. That’s Camayuhs, tucked into Buckhead’s Peachtree Hills neighborhood. And yes, it is in a 1910 home with 1970s–’80s renovations, including a painted concrete gallery floor that looks like stone. The name comes from an old-school Southern pronunciation for the camellias that blossom on the property. Camayuhs opened in fall 2017 with the exhibit The Palest of Green, Pink and Mauve. It presents at least six shows a year.

“Our openings feel like more like parties or get-togethers,” says Camayuhs founder and director Jamie Steele (with Balls the cat). “Positive, engaging and enjoyable.” (Photo by Tomas Espinoza)

LOCATION: 137 Mobile Ave. NE. 

SPECIALTY: Emerging and mid-career contemporary artists, most of whom are Atlanta-based and paired with artists from Chicago, Los Angeles or New York. It’s a bit more like a project space, so you’ll have a chance to connect with the artists. No solo shows, no artist representations.

WHO’S IN CHARGE: Jamie Steele, 35, founded and directs the gallery. She has a background in art-making, photography and real estate. Her first co-curatorial project, titled GURL DON’T BE DUMB, was in Chicago. She has an M.F.A. from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and a B.F.A. from University of the South in Sewanee, Tennessee.

NOW ON VIEW: Work from 25 artists chosen for the gallery’s 2020 Flat File program, which closed Saturday. The art can be found in onsite files through the end of the year. Make an appointment, put on a pair of gloves and enjoy. (Eventually, images of all the work will be on the website and available for purchase.) 

NEXT: Best to check out Instagram (@camayuhs). Get ready, though, a super-immersive installation is coming this Saturday, February 29.

MOST RECENT: Vanishing Point (2019) with works by Maria Guzmán Capron, Becky Kinder and Benny Merris, presented by L.O.G. (Low Occupancy Gallery, an experimental gallery in Chapel Hill, North Carolina). And By Our Own Hands, a 20-person show last summer, a nod to Faith Wilding’s 1977 publication of the same name. Artists showed their hands, so to speak, through tangible acts of craft with a range of materials and symbolic gestures.

An exhibit titled “Seeking and Offering” included work by Steffen Sornpao (left) and Sarah West.

MOST MEMORABLE: Porthole Portico (2018) with work by Jaime Bull and Lauren Clay, only the third show at Camayuhs, received an Artforum Critics’ Pick review. Remnants of that show remain — just look for the swirled wall art. Also, J. Michael Ford and Hannah Tarr’s Mood Allowing for Power (2019), which investigated mental states of empowerment and resistance.

HOURS: By appointment only, unless otherwise noted. The schedule is fairly flexible, so just email Steele at [email protected]. There are Saturday events, too, including openings and closings. Again, check Instagram.

QUOTE: “Contemporary art should be accessible,” says Steele. “I think that if you just start looking at contemporary works more, you’ll start to feel more comfortable. It won’t seem as out of the box or challenging. Our openings feel more like parties or get-togethers. Positive, engaging and enjoyable.”