Husband-and-wife team Baruti and Denise Tucker opened a 2,000-square-foot, multipurpose art gallery on the corner of Eighth and Ellis streets and will add a vegetable and fruit Juice Joint in July. The space, called Humanitree House, also will likely be used for yoga and tai chi classes and as an open stage for music, poetry readings, documentary screenings and other art performances.
The brightly colored gallery currently features the work of Baruti Tucker, a full-time artist who uses his fingers to paint, but Denise Tucker said the space is open to anyone.
“We wanted to have a space where regardless of who the artist was, their age, their race, their background, whether they have formal training or are self-taught, they could come exhibit and show their work,” she said.
She is an herbalist and vegan caterer and is in charge of the organic, plant-based juice bar, which also will sell coffee and tea blends. She said she’ll be able to make drinks for customers specific to any ailment or condition they have.
“It’s cold-pressed juice, so we’re able to bottle it,” she said. “You can pick it up or sit down and eat in.”
The Tuckers will serve light breakfast and lunch staples, such as parfaits, fruit cups, vegetable burgers, salads, wraps and soups.
The business, which is open only at night during the week at present, will expand its hours and likely hire employees after the juice bar opens next month.
The couple launched Humanitree House three years ago as an eco-friendly small business and so far has focused on organizing community events in Augusta. The name, Humanitree House, originated from an art series done by Baruti Tucker and meant to emphasize how trees connect mankind to nature.