Artscape: April Gallery Hop

Staff Writer
Columbus Alive

The Short North's Gallery Hop makes its warm-weather debut this Saturday, and if you're looking to celebrate the enjoyable temps by walking the length of the district, you'll find plenty to do along the way.

Otterbein University art students are joining in on the fun this month; five of them will be positioned in galleries throughout the neighborhood, so keep your eyes peeled.

Here are three exhibits not to be missed on Saturday.

ROY G BIV Gallery

997 N. High St., Short North


ROY G BIV is debuting "Emerge/Return" for Gallery Hop, a split show that contrasts images of colorful plant life with cold, old pieces of technology.

At first glance, Krista Birnbaum's images of lush flowers and plants appear to be photos. But upon closer inspection, they reveal themselves to be collages of digitally altered pictures and printed materials.

Printmaker Rachel Heberling's mostly black-and-white work is a study in outdated media and communication - typewriters, rotary phones and the like. In documenting what's lost as society advances, she questions "our blind faith in progress," Heberling explained.

The show's opening runs 7-10 p.m. Saturday, and "Emerge/Return" will run through April 24, when an artist's talk will be held at 2:30 p.m.

Rivet Gallery

1200 N. High St., Short North


At Rivet, local and national artists will be showing off their inventive DIY takes on two customizable toy lines - Qee and Yoka.

The 15th-anniversary Qee Show (running through April 28) features Baby Qee toys, animal-like figurines standing 3.5 or 7 inches tall from Hong Kong-based Toy2R. For this show, 20 artists were given free reign with "platform," or base, figures.

Local artists Clinton Reno and Adam Levene painted their own Qees, along with artists from as far away as Seattle and the United Kingdom.

Similarly, the Custom Yoka show is a traveling exhibit of Yokas - customizable vinyl toys that resemble pandas. Designs from more than 200 artists from 20 different countries will be included as part of this group show, running through April 25.

The show's opening reception happens from 7-10 p.m. Saturday.

Sean Christopher Gallery

815 N. High St., Suites H & N, Short North

High school students will be showing off their artwork at Sean Christopher Gallery in the Greystone Building on Saturday.

Advanced-placement art students at Fort Hayes Arts & Academic High School will present "Concentration II," which showcases each student's specific focus, ranging from photography to painting and mixed-media, said John McCutcheon, the gallery's director.

"Most of these kids are kids that are interested in going on to art school, so they're working on portfolio pieces," he said, adding that some work will be for sale.

This is Sean Christopher Gallery's second-annual showing of work by Fort Hayes' AP art students. In addition to the opening this Saturday from 6-10 p.m., the artists will hold a reception from 5-7 p.m. April 20.