July 24, 2012
10 X 10 X 10
Short North Celebrates 200Columbus
Commemorating Columbus’ 200th Birthday, the galleries of the Short North Arts District present 10x10x10: 10 Murals • 10 Galleries • 10 Openings. The district-wide initiative will feature a dynamic collection of original works showcased at 10 of the Short North’s premier galleries. This collaborative exhibition will spotlight the talents of artists living in, creating in or connected to Columbus. “Members of the bicentennial celebrations committee asked if I had ideas about how to support the city’s year-long celebration,” explains Sherrie Hawk, owner of Sherrie Gallerie and 10x10x10 coordinator. “I thought it was important that the Short North help by tapping into its strength… art. This will be the largest and most impactful initiative the galleries have ever undertaken as a group… exhibiting and showcasing Columbus artists.”
The exhibits in the galleries run from August 3rd through August 26th. Many of the artists will be on hand at their respective galleries for a joint opening reception to be held Friday, August 3, from 6PM – 9PM. The reception will give collectors an opportunity to tour from gallery to gallery, talk with the artists, and view the works at a leisurely pace. The exhibit opening will then continue with the higher-energy (and slightly more crowded) experience of Saturday’s Gallery Hop.
The celebration extends beyond the galleries, out into the public realm of High Street. The participating galleries are also creating a “Public Art Exhibit” to further transform the district. Ten new “mini-murals” (each procured by one of the galleries) will be installed in high-profile locations throughout the Short North.
Each mini-mural is a high-resolution photograph of an actual work of art featured at its respective gallery. The photograph is then greatly enlarged and professionally printed on a special vinyl. When heated, the vinyl material conforms to, and clings to, building surfaces… molding itself to the brick and mortar lines. The effect is to create the illusion of murals that have been painted onto the surface of the buildings. The mini-murals will range in size from 120 square feet to 200 square feet. They will be installed over the five days prior to the August 3rd Gallery Openings.
The strikingly vibrant, mini-murals will be on display for up to one year. At the end of the year, the galleries and the community will determine if a Public exhibit of new works will be installed.
The mural exhibit was the brainchild of Ralph Rosenfield (an art enthusiast and fan of the Short North). “It seemed to me that with several of our permanent murals disappearing to make way for new construction, it would be a good idea to inject new features that would make sure we sustained accessible art in the area,” explains Rosenfield. “I hoped that since the mini-murals would not be permanent, it would be relatively easy to obtain property owner and neighborhood commission support.”
The initiative became a collaboration of 10 of the Short North’s galleries with strong support from the Short North Alliance, the Jack & Zoe Johnstone Foundation, and the Kridler Family Fund. The projects production partners, Orange Barrel Media and area property owners, helped bring the vision to life. “We were eager to lend our support to the project,” say John Angelo, Director of the Short North Alliance. “We’re celebrating Columbus’ 200th, promoting area artists, supporting our galleries, building on the district’s art signature AND providing a dynamic experience for our visitors. It’s brilliant project that’s right in step with our mission.” The event is free and open to the public.
Roster of Participating Galleries and Featured Artists
Brandt-Roberts Galleries Columbus: Urban & Outlying (17 artists)
Lindsay Gallery: Paintings by Mark Thomas
Marcia Evans Gallery: Visually Abstract, Michael Halliday & Juan Carrera
PM Gallery Columbus Artists: Michael Secrest, Don Marx, Elijah Secrest, Susan Sturgill
Ray’s Living Room: Curious Cultures, Amandda Tirey Graham
Rivet: Fibers of America, Cory Piehowicz
ROY G BIV: Qin and Lauri Lynnxe-Murphy and Stephanie Rond
Sherrie Gallerie: Columbus Celebrates- Sid Chafetz, Laine Bachman, Janis Mars Wunderlich, Edward Jekot, Christian Faur, Barb Vogel, Leah Wong, POMO
Studios on High Gallery: Artists 24/7 – Representing Columbus artists for over a quarter of a century
Terra Gallery: 200 Visions – Jeff Hersey, Michelle Boerio, Hayley Meyers, Heather Nibert, Rhonda Bartoe-Tucker, Sara Vecchi, Tom Baillieul, Charles Rowland, Karen Groeniger, Yasue Sakaoka, Jim Glover, Rodney Hayslip, and Eric Rausch.
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