November 19, 2018
We’ve cleaned up the construction mess just in time for the holiday season! Show your support of small businesses in the Short North Arts District, where galleries, shops, boutiques, restaurants, and salons have a plethora of perfectly giftable items. Check out the first in a series of Short North Arts District gift guides below. These businesses offer art and beautifully hand-crafted items, perfect for shopping during Holiday Hop on Saturday, December 1. Click here for details on all the Holiday 2018 promotions. See our Short North Arts District Gift Guide Vol. I here.
(Not) Sheep Gallery
(Not) Sheep Gallery artist Char Norman, a Columbus native, is an accomplished fiber artist specializing in papermaking and fiber sculpture. “Milkweed Blues,” a 4″ mixed media sculpture of woven and coiled pods, is a timely comment on environmental concerns that turns scorched pieces of wood into beautiful pieces of art as the metaphorical seeds represent hope and rejuvenation. Find this and other unique pieces from many gallery artists to gift this season.
Studios On High Gallery
Gallery artist Carole Bucklewis a contemporary artist who makes unique jewelry from silver, gold, copper and brass. Her forged Sterling silver bangle was made by moving the metal in alternating directions to achieve the desired shape and is wearable art for jewelry lovers.
Judy Hoberg has been featuring her whimsical, one-of-a-kind animal sculptures at Studios on High Gallery for over 30 years. Her stoneware critters are guaranteed to bring a smile, whether hiding in a garden or inside. The latest series, titled Hide and Peek, features giraffes, ostriches, flamingos, and chickens to perch amid the landscaping year round. The perfect present for your favorite quirky gardener!
Find these and many other pieces at one of the oldest galleries in the Short North Arts District, which boasts a wide variety and huge selection from many prolific and beloved local artists. Stop by to browse their small works show all season long.
Marcia Evans Gallery
Visit Marcia Evans Gallery to add a touch of winter wonderland to any wall with Justin Lee Shaver’s “Winter Birch Trees.” Find this and a wide selection of artistic gifts during the Artful Holiday Gifts exhibition. Artists include Robie Benve, Kate Morgan, Annette Poitau, Linda Wesner, Harry Wozniak, John Evans, Alice Kiderman, Doug Frates, Kate Argow, Keith Culley, and Dareen Wearstler. You can also find Ohio-made soy candles by Swan Creek Candle Co.
Find vibrant blown glass succulent sculptures for the most eye-catching gift around. These sculptures from artist Molly Burke can hang on the wall or sit on a flat surface and look great in groupings or on their own! Priced between $90-$575.
Hammond Harkins Galleries
Among 20 artists participating in Hammond Harkins Galleries annual Holiday Exhibition is a selection of handmade books, prints, and boxes by artist Peter Madden. Give the bibliophile in your life a delight with “Garden Book,” an accordion-fold book with cyanotype photograph on wood and fabric with copper edge.
Give your favorite coffee lover a stylish way to sip their morning cup o’ joe during the Pizzuti Collection’s mug sale, where art mugs featuring designs from artists in the collection, including a few Columbus-based artists, are available one for $6 and three for $15.
Find more beautiful artworks to gift this season at Brandt-Roberts Galleries, Lindsay Gallery, Sean Christopher Gallery, and Sharon Weiss Gallery. Additionally, Sharon Weiss Gallery has gift cards available for purchase to let them choose their new favorite piece.
The Bunyaad Artisan Group, centered in Lahore, Pakistan, crafted hand-knotted rug coasters with an Ohio design specially for Global Gifts. These unique rug coasters were crafted by fairly paid artisans who are guaranteed safe working conditions and sustainable economic opportunities applying rug-making traditions. The coasters are a great gift to pair with libations for the imbiber in your life.
Global Gifts will also be giving away a handmade terra cotta bread warmer from Bangladesh paired with a bottle of extra virgin cold pressed olive oil from the West Bank during Holiday Hop! Stop by to sign up for your chance to win this great host gift (or for your own kitchen) and sample fair trade coffee, hot chocolate, and cookies.
Give your favorite road warrior another reason to look forward to warmer weather with the gift of a quirky-stylish handmade cycling cap from Paradise Garage. Cyclist and seamstress Meagan Gehrke, who loves crazy-colored bikes and funky cycling accessories, found a way to merge her hobbies in creating these caps. Every cap is hand sewn with cotton fabric that is both functional and exciting.
Made in Ohio, the lacquered Crescent pen was favored by none other than Mark Twain. Really! Give to your favorite writer to scribe their own story with this beautiful fine nib fountain pen, available for $195.
Pamper a bath-lover with one of Mukha Spa’s 100% natural loofah, surrounded in vegan and gluten free bar soap made with Shea butter and essential oils, to moisturize and exfoliate all season. Don’t forget the candle – Mukha’s are all-natural and soy-infused with the highest quality oils for exotic and unusual fragrances.
Star Jewelers on High
Know someone who loves to dazzle? Find smart silver cufflinks with colorful hand enameling from Great Britain at Star Jewelers on High.
Handmade map charm bracelets by local designer Daisy Mae Designs are available at Glean for the wanderluster in your life. Map items are also available in wine stoppers, bottle openers, and necklaces.
Find these great gifts and many more during Small Business Weekend on November 24 & 25! Support small, local businesses in the Short North Arts District this Saturday before or after watching the big game in the District, or this Sunday after grabbing brunch at your favorite spot. Here’s how it works:
- Shop at any business in the District on November 24 and 25
- Post a photo of your purchase to Instagram
- Use #shortnorthpole and tag the business
Complete all three steps to be entered to win a $100 parking meter gift card!