February 25, 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, March 2 and check out the amazing new artwork exhibiting at galleries and businesses all month long.
Brandt-Roberts Galleries will feature Sunset Series by Columbus-based artist Bernard Palchick. Working with alcohol ink on yupo paper, Palchick creates beautiful yet surreal landscapes with saturated, vibrant color and gestural line work. The paintings will be on view through March 31.
Hammond Harkins Galleries
Hammond Harkins Galleries will continue to 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 is on view through March 10.
Marcia Evans Gallery
Marcia Evans Gallery will feature Scott Hunter Abstracts, opening March 1 and running through March 31. Hunter is a Pittsburgh-based artist who graduated from Boston University. His abstract paintings are about the arrangement of images, textures, colors, and shapes. Scott’s related experience includes theatrical set design, illustration, commissioned portraits, and wall murals. Scott’s painting “Bluffs” 96″x84″ oil and acrylic on canvas, has been purchased by the Westmoreland Museum of American Art.
(Not) Sheep Gallery
(Not) Sheep Gallery will feature their first invitational show entitled One Step Forward/Two Steps Back. Artists will present work which deals with mental illness, abuse, immigration, politics, religion, environmental issues, racism, and the prison system.
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.
Sean Christopher Gallery Ohio
Sean Christopher Gallery will feature Concentration 11, an Annual Fort Hayes Arts and Academic High School AP Art exhibition with works chosen and curated by art teacher and Shot Tower Gallery director Teresa Weidenbusch. Each student exhibitor focuses on a yearlong series of work which explores a specific formal or social commentary interest. This year’s show is the first for including recent works by a few select Fort Hayes Alumni, as well. The exhibition continues through March 30. A free opening reception will be held from 6:00pm to 9:00pm during Gallery Hop.
Sharon Weiss Gallery
Sharon Weiss Gallery will feature ENERGY, works in oil by Mathew McFarren. The show will run from March 1 through March 31. An artist reception will take place on March 1 from 6:00pm to 8:00pm.
Sherrie Gallerie will feature the closing reception for 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. This exhibition will be on view through March 3.
Studios on High Gallery
Studios on High Gallery will feature Going with the Grain by Deb Davis-Livaich, who will be present during the March Gallery Hop. Davis-Livaich’s art is about a love of nature with its rich patterns, tactile surfaces, unexpected color, and intrinsic beauty. The artist’s assemblages and nature collages include weathered wood surfaces accentuated with glass rods, beads, decorative papers, drawing, carving, and painting. There will be an artist’s reception on Sunday, March 3 from 1:00pm to 3:00pm, and the exhibition will be on view through April 4.
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.
The Wexner Center will also show “The Making of Raiders of the Lost Ark” during Gallery Hop at 7:00pm. Join Oscar-winning visual and sound effects specialists Craig Barron and Ben Burtt as they go behind the scenes to illustrate the making of the film that spawned four sequels, a television series, video games, and more—while introducing archaeologist and treasure hunter Indiana Jones to an adoring public.
OTHER ART ACTIVITIES
First Commonwealth Bank
First Commonwealth Bank will feature the work of Lynda McClanahan, a contemporary folk artist living and working in Columbus. McClanahan’s retrospective show will feature work completed between 2014 and 2018 that is loosely gathered around the concerns of women.
Gallery Hoppers are invited to stop by from 6:00pm – 9:00pm during Gallery Hop to meet McClanahan and enjoy her unique artwork and light refreshments. McClanahan’ work will be displayed through the month of March in the lobby.
Glean will feature Morning Song Drawings by Shane Sweeney, a musician, visual artist, and songwriter. His love of music has parlayed itself into creating drawings each day. He views them as stagnant little films and are indicative of how he feels about the lyrics at that moment.
Global Gifts will host local social enterprise Women Crafting Change in the store. They will have shea butter lotions infused with essential oils, along with other handmade items crafted by the group. Women Crafting Change is a Columbus nonprofit offering skills training and economic opportunities to women dealing with chronic poverty and other challenges. Gallery Hoppers can sign up for a shea body butter bar workshop happening at Global Gifts on Saturday, March 23 and be entered for a chance to win a trio of spa items.
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.
Rowe will be hosting card reader Tony Clark from 7:00pm to 10:00pm during the March Gallery Hop.
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 poop-up shop Macrame Cafe, who will be selling one-of-a-kind knotted plant hangers, wall hangings, and weavings. Gallery Hoppers can also stop in to enjoy variety of vegan and non-dairy cafe items, including hot cocoas, tea lattes, dark chocolate goodies, and more.
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
Gallery Hop is made possible with support from our sponsors: