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, May 4 and check out the amazing new artwork exhibiting at galleries and businesses all month long.



Brandt-Roberts Galleries
Brandt-Roberts Galleries will continue to feature its third abstract invitational exhibition, Permutations, with 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). The exhibition will be on display until May 9.

Hammond Harkins Galleries
Hammond Harkins Galleries will feature Carol Stewart: New Paintings. There will be an opening reception on Friday, May 3 from 5:00pm – 8:00pm, and the exhibition will be on view through June 2.







Lindsay Gallery
Lindsay Gallery will feature Bill Miller with new work inspired by a cache of linoleum harvested from an 1800s Maine farmhouse. Miller says he was re-energized not only by the patterns and colors, but by the thoughts of the people who lived out their lives walking on the floors. As always, Miller’s work is done entirely in recycled vintage linoleum. Lindsay Gallery will host an artist reception on Friday, May 10.





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.



(Not) Sheep Gallery
(Not) Sheep Gallery will feature Sue Cavanaugh’s humor to comment on corporate parenthood. They will bring back Conjoined Partnership and add six new sculptures created from iconic white shirt, including Corporate Takeover: Real People Don’t Eat Other People. There will be limited-edition relief prints inspired by her book of cartoons titled A corporation is a Person Like the Emperor’s New Clothes Were Real, and a painting, Not a Corporation (nor a person), in which she appropriates Magritte’s Son of Man and more. This exhibition will continue through May 27.



Pizzuti Collection
The Pizzuti Collection of the Columbus Museum of Art will celebrate the final days of Light with music, a black-light activity, and flashy swag. Seven works in the exhibition 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. Gallery Hoppers can enjoy discounted entrance of $5 after 4:00pm.




Sarah Gormley Gallery
Sarah Gormley Gallery will feature recent watercolors created by Christiane Curry. A native of France who moved to Ohio when she was 19, Curry’s work is influenced both by memories of her native landscape, and Ohio, where she currently lives and works.

Curry’s small-scale, semi-abstract landscape paintings have remarkably emerged following tragic loss and debilitating illness, demonstrating Curry’s belief in art’s transformative power. Her goal and hope is that her work can inspire viewers, to help them also experience the simple beauty, joy, and peace of the healing power of art and nature. This exhibition will show through May 26.


Sean Christopher Gallery Ohio
Sean Christopher Gallery will feature Old School 2, an annual art exhibit featuring recent artworks by 10 select 1970s and 1980s alumni from the Columbus College of Art and Design. 

Exhibiting artists include Lee Baumgarten, Pineville, NC, Class of 1980; Kirsten Swanson Bowen, West New York, NJ, Class of 1989; Steve Caler, Akron, OH, Class of 1976; Helma Groot, Columbus, OH, Class of 1989; Walter King, Tulsa OK, Class of 1980; Lisa Horkin, Columbus, OH, Class of 1985; Marty Hoffelt-Husted, Columbus, OH, Class of 1980; Michael Kaiser, Columbus,  OH, Class of 1986; Mary Ann Sullivan, Columbus, OH, Class of 1974; Robert Tavani, Columbus, OH, Class of 1985.

A free opening reception will be held from 6:00pm to 10:00pm during Gallery Hop. The exhibition will continue through May 25.

Sharon Weiss Gallery
Sharon Weiss Gallery will feature Journey, an exhibit of paintings and photography from artist Michael Guinane. This show is inspired by Guinane’s travels over the past few years. From the Maine coast to the streets of Havana, over Icelandic glaciers and vineyards in France, he has captured moments that document the beauty of each place in its own spirit. Also, for the first time, Guinane will be displaying his photography from these journeys, opening a new chapter for the artist. An artist reception will be held on May 3 from 6:00pm to 8:00pm. This show will be on display through May 26.



Sherrie Gallerie
Sherrie Gallerie will feature a special exhibition of new work by internationally renowned glass artists Kari Russell-Pool and Marc Petrovic.







Studios on High Gallery
Studios on High Gallery will feature their annual Hit the Hop exhibition. This exhibition opens May 4 and continues through May 30. The Short North tradition features a juried selection of outstanding Ohio artists. This years works in the exhibition take on the theme of “Enduring Earth: For Love of the Planet.” The exhibition includes new works in a range of mediums and reflects the gallery’s commitment to promoting the work of local artists. Visitors during Gallery Hop are invited to vote for their favorite artwork for the People’s Choice Award. 

There will be an artist’s reception, award ceremony, and cash prizes given on Sunday, May 5 from 3:00pm to 5:00pm, and the exhibition will be on view through May 30.




Association of Independent Colleges and Universities of Ohio
In addition to artist exhibitions, Short North Arts District galleries will also be featuring artwork by students of various Ohio colleges, as hosted by the Association of Independent Colleges and Universities of Ohio (AICUO). Marcia Evans Gallery will host Nina Josephson of Oberlin College; Sharon Weiss Gallery will host Sarah Baker of Wittenberg University; and Studios on High Gallery will host Ariella Har-Evan of the Cleveland Institute of Art.


District Art & Apparel
Through the month of May, District Art & Apparel will host Mikey Nelson, who will display his canvas art as well as his imaginative pallet paintings on wood. Mikey will also have his clothing line ‘Embien Empire’ available, which includes different bleached and tie-dye looks with positive propaganda slogans and images across them.

Also part of the May exhibition will be Orlando Shaw’s fine, large charcoal and graphite drawings of animals and other scenes. As always, District’s resident artist Nick Harper will have an assortment of large and small hand cut stencil and spray paint artwork available.



Enso Tattoo
Visit Enso Tattoo during Gallery Hop from 7:00pm – 10:00pm as they celebrate their three-year anniversary with an appropriately themed gallery show honoring the iconic “battle royale!” This show features artwork from resident Enso artists Kevin Stress, Curt Everitt, Alex Powell, Haley Z, and Iggy Sweeney. There will also be a special guest appearance from the Gentle Giant, who will have a live glass demo set up right out front of the shop (weather permitting).




First Commonwealth Bank
First Commonwealth Bank will feature of stained glass artist Kara O’Dea and three artists who were winners or finalists in the AICUO Awards for Excellence in the Visual Arts, which recognizes outstanding students for the art programs at Ohio independent colleges and universities. Artists include Grace Oppihle, Rosa Rumora, and Andrea Weber-Harris, also hosted by the AICUO.

O’Dea has been making glass work since she was a teenager, formally studying at Bowling Green State University. Currently, she 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.

Oppihle is a fine arts student at the college of Mount St. Joseph. She states, “my obstacles are often a stepping stone, and I gain strength in the pathway that they set. One of my main goals is to invoke an emotional response while focusing on the main subject of the piece. One way I do this is by relying heavily on the way color portrays my emotions.”

Rumora is a graduating senior at Kenyon College. She creates drawings and sculptures that investigate pattern and rhythm relating to the act of mapping body and place. She states, “my work explores the tension between states of both two and three dimensions and is inspired by the concept of change by means of intuition and natural growth versus planning, structure, and control.

Weber-Harris is a recent graduate from Capital University. She describes her artwork as “surreal, fun, and relatable, looking at societal pressures that are pressured for women to attain.” She typically jumps between different materials, mediums, and concepts which adds nuance and variety to her art making practice.

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 May in the lobby.

In May, Glean will feature art from Miles Balfour, a senior at Fort Hayes Arts and Academic High School. Balfour loves to make art in the service of others and wants to inspire individuals to recognize not only the potential in themselves, but also their surroundings. His art is inspired from what he says is “the greatest city in the world,” Columbus, Ohio. Growing up in Columbus, Michael was constantly in awe in the city. The landscapes of Columbus, as viewed through his lens, are truly moving.




Global Gifts
For the May Gallery Hop, Global Gifts welcomes the Bunyaad Rug Event. Enjoy refreshments and learn the story behind exquisite (and durable) rugs crafted by fairly paid adults in Pakistan. Rugs range in size from  2’x3’ to 10’x14’ and from classic to contemporary styles. There will be a large collection of rounds, squares, and runners. A representative from the Bunyaad organization will be present to answer questions and assist customers. Fair trade coffee and treat samples will be offered during Gallery Hop. The Bunyaad Rug Event will run from May 2 through May 5.



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.




Paradise Garage Bicycles
It’s time again for the Annual Pinchflat Party during Gallery Hop! There are some amazing poster choices this year + Lineage Brewing + music from DJs + WIN A BIKE!

Pinchflat Poster Show is an art show celebrating the bicycle from 6:00pm – 10:00pm. 30 artists have created 30 prints, each available for sale for $30 all night. All designs will be on display at Paradise Garage for the month of May.




PENZONE Salon + Spa
During the May Gallery Hop, stop in to PENZONE Salon + Spa Short North to check out the amazing graffiti artwork of local artist Clint Davis. While you’re there, enjoy half-off wine, cocktails, and beer in their Social Room Bar.






Serendipity Labs
Serendipity Labs will be open to the public during Gallery Hop for wine, small bites, views of the city, and mingling.







Skully’s Music-Diner
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.






Stonewall Columbus
During the May Gallery Hop, Stonewall Columbus will be hosting a Market Day. The market will feature vendors and resources specifically for transgender and gender non-conforming folks. There will also be a live painting by artist Rae Senarighi.


The Table
The Table will be showing art from Muse Gallery artist Magda Parasidis.








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.






Warby Parker
Warby Parker will host a poetry reading by Joey Doherty during the May 4 Gallery Hop.

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.







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