January 28, 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, February 2 and check out the amazing new artwork exhibiting at galleries and businesses all month long.
Brandt-Roberts Galleries will feature new works by Columbus-based artist Rich Lillash. Lillash’s contemporary paintings employ saturated color and active brushwork, which harkens early-American impressionists, post-impressionists and California plein air painters. Flashes of bare canvas or tinted board create an air of spontaneity and effortlessness in these carefully crafted studies. Lillash’s pieces capture moments of everyday life, whether a vase of delicate flowers, a used painter’s tool, or fleeting sunlit landscape.
Hammond Harkins Galleries
Hammond Harkins Galleries will feature Big Works, a group exhibition featuring Laura Alexander, Dennison Griffith, Alteronce Gumby, Paul Hamilton, Andrew Hendrixson, Andrea Myers, Aminah Robinson, and Melissa Vogley Woods. This exhibition will be on view January 18 through March 3.
Marcia Evans Gallery
Marcia Evans Gallery will feature Mixed Media / 3 Female Artists, featuring works by artists Kate Morgan, Robie Benve, and Veena Bansal.
(Not) Sheep Gallery
(Not) Sheep Gallery will continue to feature Reflections While South, an abbreviated guest exhibition by artist Lynne Riding, Professor of Art at the University of North Carolina. The gallery will also introduce a series by Priscilla Roggenkamp titled Keepers of the Faith. Work by Katherine Adkins, Kim Goldfarb, Kathryn Shinko, Darlene Olivia-Mcelroy, Char Norman, and Sue Cavanaugh is also on view as part of the exhibition. The work studies the impact of the cotton industry and religious extremism, as well as environmental, socio-economic and immigration on the south and Appalachian region of the United States, and how that affects the rest of the country and our current political situation.
The Pizzuti Collection 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.
Sean Christopher Gallery Ohio
Sean Christopher Gallery will feature the eighth annual Young Hearts Juried Group Exhibition with an opening reception during the February Gallery Hop from 6:00pm – 10:00pm.
This exhibition is an annual Columbus College of Art & Design-exclusive student show open to current BFA and MFA candidates. Young Hearts has served as an opportunity for CCAD students to receive off-campus exposure for their artwork in an established professional gallery.
Esteemed 2019 guest juror, Kelly Olshan, is a Birmingham, AL native, NYC-based artist, and an arts manager with the Queens Council on the Arts. She received her BFA in painting from UNC-Asheville and an MA in arts administration from Columbia University, NYC.
A Juror’s Awards Presentation will be at 8:00pm. The exhibit will continue through February 23.
Sharon Weiss Gallery
Sharon Weiss Gallery will feature Sketches in Wood, designed and built by Connie Klema. The artist reception will be on February 1 from 6:00pm – 8:00pm. The exhibition will remain on view through February 24.
24 Lincoln Art Studios at Sharon Weiss Gallery
During the February Gallery Hop, studio artists Amy Adams, Lisa Parks Godfrey, and Karen LaValley welcome the public to view their space and works at 24 Lincoln Art Studios, located on the second floor of Found at Sharon Weiss Gallery.
Sherrie Gallerie will feature Perception by William Ortman. William Ortman graduated from the Columbus College of Art & Design in 2007 with a BFA in glass blowing. He currently lives and works in Columbus, and is constantly exploring new techniques in glass.
Attendees of the February Gallery Hop will be able to meet the artist from 6:00pm – 9:00pm. This exhibition will be on view through March 3.
Studios on High Gallery
Studios on High Gallery will feature beingnonbeing by Ben Sostrom, who explores the Buddhist concept of non-duality through a juxtaposition of visible and suggested forms. Using paper and wood, the artist employs a variety of techniques including hand-joinery, steam bending, carving, and laser cutting to create pieces that embody personal experiences, told through the lens of Buddhist symbology and folklore. beingnonbeing will be on view through February 28, with the artist in attendance for February’s Gallery Hop.
Wexner Center for the Arts
Wexner Center for the Arts will be showing John Waters: Indecent Exposure. This is the most comprehensive retrospective of Waters’ gallery-based art to date, spanning more than 160 photographs, sculptures, and works for audio and video produced since the early 1990s. John Waters burst into American consciousness in 1972 with the riotously transgressive film Pink Flamingos. In the decades since, his career as a filmmaker has run parallel to his work as a writer, performer, and visual artist.
In addition, Peter Hujar: Speed of Life will also be on exhibit. Concluding its international tour at the Wex, this exhibition brings together some 140 photographs spanning four decades — works described by the artist as “uncomplicated, direct photographs of complicated and difficult subjects.” Admired within New York’s downtown art scenes before his untimely death from AIDS, photographer Peter Hujar (1934–1987) is only now receiving wider recognition as one of 20th-century America’s most incisive portraitists.
OTHER ART ACTIVITIES
First Commonwealth Bank
First Commonwealth Bank will feature the work of local experimental painter and sculptor Todd Jones. Jones received his Bachelor of Fine Arts and double majored in studio art and psychology at Florida State University. The process of ink marbling has provided him with hours of endless experimentation. His use of layering and distortion is meant to comment on the complexity of the self and the mind and are an investigation into inner human nature. By studying psychology in his art, it allows him to express this understanding.
Gallery Hoppers are invited to stop by from 6:00pm – 9:00pm during Gallery Hop to meet Jones and enjoy his unique artwork and light refreshments. Jones’ work will be displayed through the month of February in the lobby.
First Ohio Home Finance
First Ohio Home Finance will feature work by photographer Pavel Layer. Layer became interested in photography in Russia when he was in high school. He now calls Columbus home and continues to pursue his hobby and explore different and less obvious constructs. Layer’s photographic genres include, but are not limited to, architecture, abstract, and street photography.
Glean will feature Vanessa Jean Speckman’s Bummer Valentines, in which the artist incorporates vintage Valentine’s Day cards with soft-hearted aggressive words and sentiments in a sweet and sour collection.
Additionally, for the month of February, a poetry art piece written by Amy Turn Sharp will adorn the storefront window at Glean. Amy is a wild spirit, copywriter, and adored poet. There will be a silent auction for the piece from February 2 through February 28, and 100% of the proceeds will be donated to Kaleidoscope Youth Center in Columbus. Kaleidoscope works in partnership with young people in central Ohio to create safe and empowering spaces for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, questioning, and ally youth through advocacy, education, support, and community engagement.
The winter sale at Global Gifts continues for the February Gallery Hop and runs through February 15. Find discounts on a variety of artisan made fair trade goods from over 40 different countries. During Gallery Hop, Global Gifts will be giving away one Valentine’s Day gift kit including: hand-carved soapstone from Kenya, a quilled card from Vietnam, and fair trade chocolate truffles from Ecuador. Give to your sweetheart or keep for yourself! Sign up anytime during store hours for your chance to win.
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.
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.
Popping up at THREAD for the February Gallery Hop is L’ESSENCE, a new collection of curated unisex essential oil fragrances.
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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