Inside Atlanta: Artist Britt Bass Turner

Local Artist Britt Bass Turner shares her favorite spots in Atlanta

Inside Atlanta: Britt Bass
Kathryn McCrary Photography

We're back with our series Inside Atlanta – each week, we sit down with influential locals to talk about what Atlanta means to them. Today we’re chatting with local abstract artist Britt Bass Turner. Turner has been a staple in the Atlanta art scene since 2011 after graduating from the University of Georgia. The full-time artist now works from her 1000-square-foot studio and storefront in Downtown Roswell, where she produces abstract paintings, tote bags and other merchandise with her artwork. “I'm most proud of building and sustaining a business focused on spreading joy and fun in the form of artwork,” says Bass Turner.

The Atlanta native has been featured in Atlanta Magazine, Jezebel, Southern Living, Better Homes and Gardens and a bevy of other national publications, and you can find her colorful abstract work hanging on walls all over the country. Today we get a tour of The Big Peach lead by Turner herself.

I live in…Downtown Roswell and I love it so much! Over the past few years, I've also lived in Decatur and Cabbagetown. There's something to love in each of Atlanta's diverse neighborhoods, but we have chosen our latest home in Roswell because of the slower pace of life, yet its close proximity to the city.”

I Wish People Knew… “how great the community is in Atlanta. The people are so wonderful, you won't want to leave!”

You Can Find Me… “On the Westside! The Westside holds some of my favorite shops, galleries, studios, coffee shops and restaurants in the whole city. It's my one-stop shop for a full day of showing friends around.”

It’s Dinner Time, I’m headed to…Pure Taqueria. Their margaritas pack some punch and I'm partial because I worked at the original location when I was in high school. In Decatur, Leon's for great cocktails and yummy locally-sourced entrees. On the Westside, my favorite dinner spot is JCT Kitchen, sit outside and order oysters and champagne — my favorite combo. West Egg Cafe is the best breakfast sandwich in the city and Sugar Shack in Roswell is the best breakfast sandwich outside the city.”

Clock strikes 5 o’clock, I’m drinking… “A hot toddy. Victory makes a killer one with a cinnamon-spiced rum. While in Decatur, I'd check out Kimball House for fancy cocktails too.”

If I Had to Stay in a Hotel, I’d check into… “The W Buckhead. The decor is really cool and they are always hosting fun events.”

Atlanta’s Best Kept Secret Is…The Village Theatre, an improv theater downtown. It's hilarious and owned by some friends of ours.”

When I’m Playing Tourist, I go to…Inman Park and Ponce City Market. I also take visitors to the High Museum of Art, Anne Irwin and the other galleries off Miami Circle, possibly the Atlanta Botanical Gardens or a show at the Fox Theatre.”

I Get My Sweat On… “At my yoga studio in Roswell, Roswell Yoga Life. As for the city, the Atlanta BeltLine and Piedmont Park are my favorite go-tos for getting outside.”

I Love Spending My Money At...Billy Reid, The Merchant, Ann Mashburn, W.Port, and Waiting on Martha.  Also, Henry and June in VaHi, Young Blood Boutique in Poncey Highlands and Scott Antique Markets in Decatur.”