Atlanta INtown contributor Han Vance sat down with Kai Lin Gallery owner and director Yu-Kai Lin about his gallery relocating to Atlanta’s blossoming Westside at 999 Brady Ave., Suite 7. An opening event is set for March 22 from 7 to 10 p.m.

Han Vance: Yu-Kai, since we last spoke at length you have decided to join the pioneering art scene on Atlanta’s Westside. You’ve been located in Midtown and in the Buckhead Village. Why Westside now?

Yu-Kai Lin: More artsy. Lots of retail spaces and great people we can network with and more of a younger vibe.

HV: Moving is tough, of course.

YKL: I’ve done it before. When I moved last time, this space itself wasn’t built out, and now the timing was right.

HV: Are the dimensions comparable?

YKL: It feels more spacious because it’s all one floor instead of three with nooks and crannies. I’ve developed a gallery-within-a-gallery called the Grey Gallery, which will only have exhibitions of works on paper.

HV: Which artists are scheduled for the grand opening on March 22 and how long will they show?

YKL: Six weeks. Kent Knowles will be in the Grey Gallery with a show called “Avalanche.” He is a SCAD professor. Nathaniel Galka’s show “Cloud Bouncing” will also open, with all of his newest works. He was recently awarded Tennessee Artist of the Year.

HV: I know the Buckhead Village has had a few noteworthy struggles with the ongoing massive construction gulch. Was it a good move for you to go there when you did?

YKL: I think so. I had a great time and we did really well and grew as a company. Buckhead is obviously affluent and it allowed us to reach a broader collector base. It doesn’t really matter where we go in Atlanta. It really matters that we have great exhibitions and continue to foster relationships with collectors and artists.

For more about Kai Lin Gallery and the March 22 opening event, visit

Collin Kelley

Collin Kelley has been the editor of Atlanta Intown for two decades and has been a journalist and freelance writer for 35 years. He’s also an award-winning poet and novelist.

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