April 01, 2019
On the first Saturday of each month, thousands of visitors converge on High Street in the Short North Arts District for Gallery Hop. Though many shops and galleries are open earlier, Gallery Hop officially starts at 4:00pm and runs to 10:00pm, with restaurants and bars staying open considerably later. With dozens of galleries and non-traditional exhibit spaces, it’s Columbus’ favorite night of the month to celebrate art. Hop til you drop this Saturday, April 6 and check out the amazing new artwork exhibiting at galleries and businesses all month long.
29 W 3rd Gallery & Studio
New to the Short North Arts District, 29 W 3rd Gallery & Studio will exhibit the work of several Columbus-based artists at Hous 29 for the April Gallery Hop.
Brandt-Roberts Galleries will feature its third abstract invitational exhibition, Permutations, including a select group of regional and national artists. Though the artists’ mediums of choice vary from wood and paint to metal and paper, their approaches rely on endless permutations and variations of elements such as color, line, gestural marks, and rhythm.
Using the language of abstraction, independent from visual references in the world, their resulting artworks convey their contemporary environment and experiences. The works by these six artists exist on the same frequency through tedious and repetitious processes and the use of multiples, layers, and active mark-making. Even though the works are absent of representation, they reflect our current place in time and history. These artists have pulled together material elements to create a sense of control in a time of uncertainty.
Exhibiting artists include Julie Abijanac (Columbus, OH); Teri Dryden (Louisville, KY); Kristy Hughes (Valdosta, GA); Paula Izydorek (Cleveland, OH); Katie Kirk (Los Angeles, CA); Gabriel Gaffney Smith (Columbus, OH); and Michelle Y. Williams (Houston, TX).
Hammond Harkins Galleries
Hammond Harkins Galleries will feature recurring group exhibition 6 plus 1, which includes works by six gallery artists and a “plus 1,” who this year is Tariku Shiferaw. Shiferaw, who previously exhibited at Hammond Harkins Galleries in To Dream Avant-Garde, lives and works in New York City. He is a graduate of Parsons School of Design and recent inductee into the Whitney Museum of Art Independent Study Program. Shiferaw uses unconventional materials in his paintings, including spray paint, iridescent film, mylar, and vinyl. A selection of his three-dimensional works will also be on view.
Other participating artists are Laura Bidwa, Alteronce Gumby, Andrew Hendrixson, Andrea Myers, Kaveri Raina, and Melissa Vogley Woods. 6 plus 1 is on view through April 28.
Lindsay Gallery will feature “patience bottles” from Steve Moseley and stone carvings by Mike Jones.
Steve Moseley is from St. Louis and returns with more of his over-the-top patience bottles that are constructed entirely through the mouths of the bottles. His favorite topics are sex, religion and politics. There is some “adult” imagery that may not be suitable for young children.
Mike Jones lives in rural Georgia where he is a freelance tombstone carver. He says he is freelance because the town he lives in is so small that not enough people die to make it a full time job. Jones uses the leftover pieces of granite for his own art including fanciful creatures and sinister skeletons.
Marcia Evans Gallery
Marcia Evans Gallery will feature French-born American Painter, Annette Poitau. The new works in this solo show convey her bold and dynamic energy and colors that symbolize and represent our environmental landscape and the geological process. Poiteau received her MFA in Paris, studied in New York, and is currently living in Ohio.
This will be the eighth show for Poitau at the Marcia Evans Gallery, which is celebrating its thirteenth year in the Short North Arts District. The gallery opening for Poitau’s work is Friday, April 5 from 5:30pm to 8:30pm, and her works will remain on display through May 28.
Muse Gallery at The Hilton Columbus Downtown will be showing new works from Christopher x Bost.
(Not) Sheep Gallery
(Not) Sheep Gallery will continue to feature their first invitational show entitled One Step Forward/Two Steps Back, a show of work about subjects such as mental illness, growing up in poverty, animal welfare, LGBTQ issues, our prison system, and environmental issues.
The invitational show willfeature guest artists Deborah Griffing, Tom Megalis, David Hostetler, Magda Parasidis, Joey Bee and gallery artists Priscilla Roggenkamp, Richard Garriott-Stejskal, Kim Goldfarb and Char Norman.
The Pizzuti Collection of the Columbus Museum of Art will continue to feature When Attitudes Become Chairs, an exhibition focusing exclusively on cutting-edge chair forms, through April 28. The show includes works by Ron Arad, Wendell Castle, Shiro Kuramata, Humberto and Fernando Campana, and Gaetano Pesce, Donald Judd, John Chamberlain, and Joris Laarman.
The Collection will also continue to feature Light, with seven works in the exhibition that use light to consider space, to illuminate ideas, and to question perception. Light becomes the medium to translate experiences and make visible what we discern about our world.
Sarah Gormley Gallery
New this Gallery Hop is Sarah Gormley Gallery, a pop-up gallery residing at 988 N. High St. for the months April 2019 and May 2019. The April exhibition features black and white New York City street photography by artist Shammara McKay, which will be on view through May 2. McKay’s powerful imagery captures both the anonymity and universal human emotion against the distinct backdrop of New York City.
Sean Christopher Gallery Ohio
Sean Christopher Gallery will feature Lovesick by Columbus artists Emma Kindall and Cat Mailloux. This exhibition explores their personal family history, both in the past and in the present, softening the trauma of mental illness, sickness, strained relationship and loss, sugar coating reality making it easier to swallow.
In Kindall’s work, magic and reality meet in collages, cobbled together sculptures, handmade books, and tentative animations. She collects and salvages from the detritus of her family, scavenging from photographs, hand-written notes, home videos, text messages, letters, and poems to build a patched together narrative of her past and present familial relationships. It is a semi-fictional commentary that draws a thin veil over heartbreak.
Using language, drawings, and sewn forms, Mailloux declares love to her dying father, heralds the bravery of her Madonna-like mother, and maps and documents the grief of her sisters. Cheerful colors, care-free patterns, and peculiar language soften the underlying seriousness of heartbreak and heartache. The exhibition will continue through April 27. A free opening reception will be held from 6:00pm to 10:00pm during Gallery Hop.
Sharon Weiss Gallery
Sharon Weiss Gallery will feature two well known painters from York, Maine: Michael Walek and Todd Bezold. This will be the artists’ third time to Columbus for an exhibit at the gallery. An artist reception will be held on April 5 from 6:00pm to 8:00pm.
Sherrie Gallerie will feature Surroundings by Laine Bachman and Julie Woodrow. These artists traveled to Cuba together after receiving a grant from the Aminah Brenda Lynn Robinson Professional Development and Research Memorial Fund from the Greater Columbus Arts Council. This exhibition represents a continuation of their ideas, illustrating the impact Cuba had on their work.
With keen attention to detail, Laine Bachman’s paintings are abound with realistic and imagined flora and fauna, whose unique illustrative quality contributes to the deeper narrative within her work.
This body of work showcases animals as the true luminaries of their realm. Embedded with fables, folklore and a bit of wordplay, this series embraces the idea of an animal kingdom in a symbolic and anthropomorphic way. Bachman is a graduate of the Columbus College of Art and Design and resides in Columbus with her husband and daughter.
Julie Woodrow has an intense curiosity and awe for the flora, fauna and geography of her surroundings. Her sculptures often reveal architectural and natural boundaries, passages and divisions. Bridges, landscapes and ruins are joined with figures, suggesting a physical and psychological tie. Twenty-five years into her career of teaching and making art, Julie continues to emphasize that the reciprocal relationship between the two is always at the core of her work.
This exhibition will run through April 20, and an artists’ reception will be held during the April Gallery Hop.
Studios on High Gallery
Studios on High Gallery will feature Metal Musings, an exhibition of metalsmithing by Carole Bucklew. A love of drawing and a fascination with the varied properties of metals is the focus of Bucklew’s exhibition, who uses hand fabrication, etching, drawn paper patterns, and metal forming techniques to incorporate drawings into the one-of-a-kind jewelry, etched images, and unique small metal sculptures that are featured in this exhibition.
There will be an artist’s reception on Sunday, April 7 from 1:00pm to 3:00pm, and the exhibition will be on view through May 2.
Wexner Center for the Arts
Wexner Center for the Arts will be showing John Waters: Indecent Exposure. Drawing from his experiences with film and his fascination with celebrity, crime, religion, and kitsch, Waters subverts mainstream expectations of visual art, enticing viewers with his astute, provocative, and wickedly funny observations about society.
Waters has had numerous solo and group exhibitions (including his first one-person museum show at the Wexner Center for the Arts in 1999), and his work is represented in the collections of The Museum of Modern Art, Metropolitan Museum of Art, and New Museum of Contemporary Art in New York, among other institutions. Organized by The Baltimore Museum of Art, John Waters: Indecent Exposure makes its only other stop at the Wex.
The Wex will also feature Peter Hujar: Speed of Life. Private by nature, combative in manner, well-read, and widely connected, Hujar inhabited a world of avant-garde dance, music, art, and drag performance. His mature career paralleled the public unfolding of gay life between the Stonewall uprising in 1969 and the AIDS crisis of the 1980s.
OTHER ART ACTIVITIES
Brothers Drake Meadery
Brothers Drake Meadery will be hosting a night of music and art to celebrate the first issue release of The Dollhouse Magazine. The Dollhouse is founded on the principles of intersectional feminism. They work to empower queer, people of color, transgender, gender non-conforming and women artists. Their goal is to showcase and compensate artists and writers who have been marginalized by society to shift the representation of art away from being so incredibly male dominated. This magazine serves to inspire, educate and comfort readers in a world where some fight to feel included. The Dollhouse hopes to be a voice in the fight for equality, visibility and human rights.
First Commonwealth Bank
First Commonwealth Bank will feature the work of two-dimensional acrylic artist, Said Oladejo-Lawal, and three-dimensional stained glass artist, Kara O’Dea.
Oladejo-Lawal was born in Nigeria, where he studied painting and graduated from the prestigious Yaba College of Technology. Oladejo-Lawal also received a Bachelor’s Degree in graphic design from the Art Institute of Pittsburgh and is a member of the Ohio Art League, Guild of Artists and Artisans, and the Worthington Area Art League.
O’Dea has been making glass work since she was a teenager, formally studying at Bowling Green State University. Currently, O’Dea is a stained glass and mosaic glass instructor at Glass Axis. Her goal is to bring whimsy to the traditional art of stained glass, bringing it out of church windows and into modern décor
Gallery Hoppers are invited to stop by from 6:00pm – 9:00pm during Gallery Hop to meet the artists and enjoy their unique artwork and light refreshments. Their work will be displayed through the month of April in the lobby.
Global Gifts is celebrating the intersection of fair trade and environmental sustainability at the April Gallery Hop with a free PLARN Workshop, transforming plastic bags into usable lanterns, from 3:00pm to 5:00pm. Space is limited for this make-and-take event; call (614) 621.1744 to reserve your spot.
Additionally, just in time for farmers market season, Global Gifts will be giving away a tote made from recycled cement bags, along with a bouquet of handmade silk paper flowers. Visitors can sign up for a chance to win now through the April Gallery Hop. Hoppers can also sample fair trade coffee and baked treats.
Greater Columbus Convention Center
Visit the Greater Columbus Convention Center during Gallery Hop to view the largest contemporary collection of central Ohio art, featuring the interactive “As We Are” sculpture by Matthew Mohr. This 14-foot-tall, three-dimensional universal human head sculpture contains a photo booth capable of shooting 3-D pictures. After each photo shoot, the guest emerges from the booth to see his or her portrait projected as the enlarged face of “As We Are.” The special Gallery Hop parking rate in the Goodale Garage is $5.00 per vehicle from 4:00pm – 10:00pm.
Hai Poke will feature local photographer Kevin Oakden, who recently returned from Thailand, where he spent time at an rescued elephant reservation and documented his adventures through photographs. There are five prints of his work on display and for sale in the shop.
In April, Gallery Hoppers can view ON PAPER GALLERY COLLECTION, a brand new curated selection of beautifully framed, archival, fine art prints, including abstracts, landscapes and florals in a variety of sizes. Prints are affordably priced and are perfect for creating a gallery wall or as a special new addition to your home.
During Gallery Hop, visitors to Sole Classics can enjoy a night of music, art, and fellowship, and purchase one-of-a-kind artwork from Sole Classics. The iconic store will be parting ways with the artwork that has made the Short North shop a staple for over 13 years. Art will be on sale beginning at 4:00pm to 10:00pm.
During Gallery Hop, Skully’s Music-Diner will host Get Right with DJ Tron, a 21+ EDM/Trap/Hip-Hop dance party. The party begins at 10:00pm; there is a $5.00 cover charge until midnight and a dress code is enforced.
THREAD will host Fiona Miller of Fiona Miller Art, who will be live-sketching and selling a selection of her watercolor cityscape art prints and notecards. Ten percent of all profits from the event will go to She Has A Name.
Various Vendors, Performers, and Musicians
Throughout the neighborhood each month, performers settle into the many nooks of the Short North Arts District to entertain the throngs of fans. You will also find vendors selling their hand-crafted one-of-a-kind items.
GALLERY HOP SPONSORS
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