What started as a cryptic tweet in early June is now confirmed: Kai Lin Art is moving to Buckhead, and the current exhibition will be its last in a Midtown location gay Atlanta has come to know so well.
Yu-Kai Lin (second photo) opened the Midtown space in January 2009 and quickly made a name not only for the himself as an entrepreneur with a keen eye for art, but for the gallery as a venue for not-to-be missed gay events. Lin even made the cover of CommonCreativ magazine this year.
Not content to rest on his laurels, Lin lets us in on details of the move and how it means bigger and better things for the gallery after that teasing tweet last month about “Kai Lin Art 2.0 // Expansion + Movement.”
“We are adding a retail component to our Kai Lin Art gallery that will be branded as Kai Lin Shop,” Lin now says. “This store will actively market and sell hand crafted, unique art and craft items below $100. The decision to move from Midtown into Buckhead was a also business decision based upon expanding our space, increasing exposure to a new market, and growing sales volume.”
The current Midtown space is 3,600 square feet, and the new Buckhead location offers 4,200 square feet in the swanky Streets of Buckhead, a new multi-million-dollar mixed-use complex fronting Peachtree Road and sprawling between East Paces Ferry and Pharr Roads. Kai Lin Art and Kai Lin Shop will be located three doors down from Buckhead Theater.
Kai Lin closes its 16th exhibition at the end of the month after Saturday’s “Dreamscape” Artist Talk, and the Grand Opening of Kai Lin Art and Kai Lin Shop is set for Sept. 9 with the “Monsters 2.0” exhibit. The first “Monsters” opening (top photo) proved wildly popular in July 2010 (view photos).
And that was just one of the many hits that kept coming as the gallery cemented its reputation for artwork from ethereal to quirky and parties from elegant soirees to full-on throwdowns. For just a taste of our many Kai Lin photo albums, check out pics from the openings of “Earth,” “Joy,” and “Popstars and Cokeheads,”, as well as the hotties at Fenuxe’s Best Bachelors Auction.
There’ll be more of the same to love in Buckhead, Lin assures, noting that he plans to only build from here on the momentum behind his brand and his business.
“Our focus will remain the same as far as art and events and with the third component being our retail store where shoppers can come and spend time picking up hand crafted jewelry, fashion, books, stationary, decor, and gifts. Our mission will remain the same as well – actively promoting arts in our community through fostering the professional development of local emerging and established artists,” he says.
And Lin owes it all to you.
“I could not have asked for more these past three years,” he says. “I’m excited about the opportunity for change and growth. The support of our community and the network we’ve built thus far have been tremendous.”
Before the big reveal of the Buckhead venue, you can still look at, buy and commission art online while the new locale is under construction through August.