When visiting the Short North it’s easy to get caught up in the allure and energy of the numerous restaurants and shops lining High Street. What you may not realize is that just a step away from the hustle and bustle, a different side of the city’s “Art and Soul” can be found.


Local businesses Brandt-Roberts Galleries, Victorian Village Guest House, Wine on High and Rose Bredl recently partnered to highlight this side and bring a taste of Italy to the Short North for an “invitation only” event. Hosted by the Victorian Village Guest House, award-winning painter Mark Gingerich, who is represented by Short North fine arts gallery Brandt-Roberts Galleries, showcased several new works from his recent trip to Italy. The paintings, scenes from the Rome, Tuscany, and Venice areas, were paired with red and white wines from vineyards in each of the regions.


Michelle Brandt and Bryan Roberts, co-owners of Brandt-Roberts Galleries, conceived the idea for a wine reception as a way to introduce Mark Gingerich’s works from Italy to select collectors in advance of his upcoming one-man show.  They worked with Karen Reed of Wine on High, to select the wine pairings and the selected artworks were displayed on the terrace and in the perennial gardens of the Victorian Village Guest House. Lisa Craig Morton, who owns the guest house said, “The guest house patio and gardens provided a lovely backdrop for Mark Gingerich’s artwork. Attendees were able to mingle with the artist and sample a selection of Italian wines, while learning about Mr. Gingrich’s trip to Italy.”  Floral bouquets of scarlet dahlias and olive branches were perfectly chosen for the event by Short North floral boutique Rose Bredl Flowers and Garden.



“This private event was a way for people to see a more intimate side of the Short North and what our vibrant collection of unique small businesses has to offer,” said Michelle Brandt.





The general public will be able to see Mark Gingrich’s newest works at an opening reception from 5:30-8:00 pm on Friday, October 4 and at Gallery Hop on Saturday, October 5 until 10 pm at Brandt-Roberts Galleries located at 642 North High Street.


All photographs courtesy of Brandt- Roberts Galleries intern Kayla Holdgreve.