Hop at Home for the Short North Arts District October Gallery Hop! Columbus’ favorite day of the month to celebrate art will continue virtually primarily via the @ShortNorthArtsDistrict Instagram Story, as well as on the Short North Arts District Facebook PageThe October Virtual Gallery Hop will feature nine brand new exhibitions, many of which will also be on view to the public in-person, in addition to products and promotions from District retailers, local performances, and more.

Select art galleries and other businesses will also be open to the public, with many offering private appointments in addition to virtual options. Specific details on how to shop and explore Short North Arts District galleries during this time can be found at Art By Appointment. You can also view public art throughout the area via the Short North Arts District Art Trail.

Gallery Exhibitions

Brandt-Roberts Galleries
Brandt-Roberts Galleries is pleased to announce Ten: A Decade of BRG, a group exhibition celebrating the ten-year anniversary of Brandt-Roberts Galleries. The exhibition features new signature pieces from BRG’s represented and exhibited contemporary artists. Each artist has created artwork to commemorate the occasion based on the number ten. This exhibition will be on view through October 31.

Hammond Harkins Galleries
Hammond Harkins Galleries will feature Exploring the Art of Paul Hamilton: People, Places & Things, the artist’s first solo exhibit in the Short North Arts District in over three years, which will be on view through November 15.

On the gallery’s exterior walls, visitors can interact with Heart on Your Sleeve, a public interactive wall installation by Andrea Myers, which will be on view through October 21. People are invited to bring small 2D artworks, writings and mementos to place in one of over 150 repurposed denim pockets as a way to create a collective voice and a living time capsule of this present moment in history. The collection from the community will be exhibited in an online archive via photographs of the submissions.

Additionally out of the blue, a solo exhibition by Melissa Vogley Woods, is also on view in the online catalog of the same name posted on the Hammond Harkins Galleries website.

Lindsay Gallery
Lindsay Gallery continues to present Pretty Thing: what glitters is not always gold, its annual fundraiser for Annie’s Fund for the Creative Arts. This foundation was created by artist Robert Falcone in the name of his late wife, Anne P. Miller, to give grants to small arts groups. Featured paintings are all 16″ x 20″, oil and gold leaf on canvas.





Marcia Evans Gallery
Marcia Evans Gallery presents Robie Benve’s Journey, an exhibition of Benve’s travels from her hometown in Venice, Italy, to Columbus, Ohio. Journey provides a personal glimpse of paintings she created that had a personal meaning in her life. The exhibition will be on view through October 31.





(Not) Sheep Gallery
(Not) Sheep Gallery presents The Masks We Wear, a show of work by gallery and visiting artists depicting not only physical masks that a person wears, and masks as art, but also showing work that talks about the masks we wear every day. We wear masks to work (our professional face), to hide our problems or identity (LGBTQ+ issues), wear a face to hide mental health issues, etc. Guest artists include Jeff Mann, David Underwood, and Randall LaGro. Gallery artists exhibiting include Juliellen Byrne, Char Norman, Kim Goldfarb, Paul Richmond, David Hostetler, and Brandon Smith. The Masks We Wear will be on view through October 31.

Sarah Gormley Gallery
Set within a meticulously designed world of vanity, beauty, and abundant pattern, Kyla Zoe Rafert’s paintings and etchings often reference fairy tales — the feminine and the sublime, hinting at the absurd. But who are these women and girls? Do we envy them or feel sorry for them? The intricacy and detailed patterns evoke a carefully crafted stage rather than the happenstance of real life. We are moved by her characters, but we are not entirely sure why. This exhibition will be on view through October 31.






Sean Christopher Gallery Ohio
Columbus-based photographer and videographer Adam Berta’s Shooting Back continues at Sean Christopher Gallery Ohio with its second in-person public reception scheduled during Gallery Hop on October 2, from 6:00pm to 8:00pm. Over 40 photos “shot” from the first few hectic weeks of the anti-police brutality protests in Columbus from late May through mid-June 2020, as well as a video wall projection piece, are being shown through October 31. 

Large and small format framed photographs of the events that unfolded in Columbus will be on sale, with a portion of the proceeds being donated to the Equal Justice Initiative (@ej_org). Berta states, “It’s my goal to raise more awareness to the cause with this exhibition, and hopefully make some kind of positive impact – while showing how Columbus came together under one righteous cause,” Berta said.

Sharon Weiss Gallery
Sharon Weiss Gallery presents works by Steven Walker. Walker’s show will run from through October 31. Steven Walker will also be in attendance at the in-person opening reception on Sunday, October 4 from 2:00pm to 4:00pm.





Sherrie Gallerie
Two legendary Columbus artists are exhibiting together and collaborating on a series of new artworks at Sherrie Gallerie. Embedded Memories, explores the passing of time and memories through works by Melinda Rosenberg, who works in wood, and Barb Vogel’s experimental photography techniques. Embedded Memories will be on view through October 23. The James Cancer Hospital Gallery will be exhibiting the second half of the show. Visit sherriegallerie.com for complete show images.

Studios on High Gallery
Studios on High Gallery presents Hit the Hop, their annual, open-call, juried exhibition. The goal of this show, titled Our Fragile World, is to exhibit defining artwork created in response to the fragility of our modern world with themes inclusive of social justice, the environment, and global health. This exhibition will invite viewers to contemplate our times, our challenges, and our hopes through the keen, observing eye of the artist. Our Fragile World will be on view through November 5.




Other October 3 Activities

Clover on High
Clover on High’s new fall inventory has arrived, featuring cozy sweaters, jeans, jackets, and more.










Samantha Davis is a college student double majoring in fine arts and history. Her artwork, which will continue to be featured at Glean, consists of portraits of social activists in the past and now, along with other historical people. Her drawing style is divided into regions of line and color, resembling colorful maps. With her art, she hopes to inspire others to learn about the history of people from around the world, and to understand the human story as a diverse, interwoven tapestry of triumphs, failures, cooperation, subjugation, and hope.




Global Gifts
Stay cozy the ethical way in artisan-made hats, scarves, glittens, flittens, and gloves. This Gallery Hop, Global Gifts will be featuring newly arrived hand-knitted woolens from the artisans of Creation Hive, based in Eldoret, Kenya, made from merino wool and available in a range of colors and styles. Global Gifts is a nonprofit, Fair Trade shop with sustainable goods from over 40 different countries.







Greater Columbus Convention Center
The Greater Columbus Convention Center encourages visitors to the District to park in any of its garages and enjoy the art installations at each elevator bank. All of the art in the garages are from local artists from Central Ohio, including the Vine Street Garage, which features art from Columbus City School students. Take a self-guided tour to see it in person. 



Happy Go Lucky
Happy Go Lucky will have a dried flower bar for customers to create their own custom dried flower bouquets. The assortment will feature an autumn-inspired palette of over 12 varieties of dried flowers and foliage. In addition, Happy Go Lucky will be having a secret sale just for Gallery Hop.






Prologue Bookshop
Prologue’s Sidewalk Sale full of bargain books is back! Check out a wide variety of great books at deep discount prices. Prologue’s bargain books don’t appear often, so make sure to check out the table in front of the store.






On Paper
On Paper is ready to welcome everyone back to school with supplies and materials, including bullet journals and all the accessories; planners and calendars; office supplies; pens and pencils, and, of course, paper.








Gallery Hop is made possible with support from our sponsors:

Those interested in visiting the Short North Arts District in person can make their visit Short North Safe. Masks are currently required for entry into any Short North Arts District business. Local businesses are also taking additional safety precautions, such as offering private appointments, limiting capacity, increasing routine cleaning, encouraging clients to social distance and sanitize, and more. Select local retailers, restaurants, cafes, and other Short North Arts District businesses are also open to the public for shopping, carry-out and dine-in services, and more. 

Additionally, enjoy a discount on contact-free parking via the ParkColumbus app with a complimentary validation code. For more parking and transit information, visit the Parking & Transit page or download the Parking & Transit Guide.

For more information on how to support local Short North Arts District galleries, retailers, and restaurants during COVID-19, visit ShortNorth.org/SupportSNAD.