By Debra Bryant

Bastille Day is a national holiday in France and celebrated around the world signifying a day of celebration of French culture. Two big events will be happening in Atlanta to mark the occasion.

Atlanta’s Huff Harrington Fine Art Gallery will be celebrating all things French – especially art – at its annual Bastille Day exhibit starting with an opening reception Saturday, July 14, from 6 – 8 p.m. The opening reception will feature light bites, plenty of red and white wine (French of course!) and music.

The gallery will showcase work from a number of emerging and mid-career French painters, including Pascal Bouterin, Andree Thobaty, Georges Nasri and Christian Nepo. Paintings from the gallery’s French artists will hang side-by-side with work by American painters inspired by the Frnch joie d’esprit.

A new addition to this year’s exhibit is a group show for everyone who participated in one of Huff Harrinton’s Painting in Provence trips, led by Bill Davidson and Nancy Franke. Many of these budding artists will have their work featured in a formal gallery setting for the first time. The Bastille Day Exhibit will continue through Saturday, July 28. Huff Harrington is at 4240 Rickenbacker Drive. For additional information, visit huffharrington.com.

Alliance Française d’Atlanta is its hosting Bastille Day event on July 21 at 7 p.m. at Nelson Mullins in the 201 Building at Atlantic Station. The event will feature  a roof-top soirée with cocktails, fancy foods, dancing and a silent auction. There will be live music, dancing

The adults only event is a fundraiser for Alliance Française d’Atlanta and dress is “casual elegance,” but no jeans s’il vous plaît. Tickets are $45 for members, $65 for non-members. For More Information & Reservation For more information call (404) 875-1211 or afatl.com.

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.