Holiday Hop 2010

Staff Writer
Columbus Alive

Carolers, gift discounts, festive window displays - all have helped make the Short North's Holiday Hop one of its busiest nights of the year.

Santa will be stationed across from the Dakota Building at 848 N. High St., where you can also warm up with a cup of hot chocolate.

This hop's big gift is a chance to win a $2,500 shopping spree anywhere in the arts district. (That's a lot of Jeni's!) Sign-up, logically, will be near Kris Kringle.

Here's a look at what you'll see in some of the galleries Saturday.

Plush rush

The popular "Stuff This!" show at Rivet is on its fourth cotton-crammed leg this year, bringing 28 artists' plush creations to the designer toy boutique.

"This is a fun show and a community favorite," said owner Laura Kuenzli. "It gives you a glimpse into the creative minds of many artists."

Those minds are internationally and locally based, and the stuffed pieces range from delightfully childish to delightfully creepy.

Don't miss Amanda Louise Spayd, who has mastered the latter.

The Medina resident crafts creatures that belong on Rudolph's island of misfit toys. Despite their decayed appearance and human teeth (yes, human teeth), they're charming.

Mini men

A visit to Sean Christopher Gallery at Health Perspectives will engender the magical spirit of the holidays without any cheesy decor.

Photography and installations by Katelyn Cody and John Joseph McCutcheon let you spy on the lives of tiny toy people as they row a boat across a bowl of soup or paint giant (to them) strawberries.

Salons galore

Other galleries are in the giving spirit and are offering space to a list of artists rather than just one or two.

Marcia Evans Gallery is hosting a "Holiday Salon" featuring several of the gallery's regular artists such as Doug Frates and Tony Vouis.

Find vibrant acrylic paintings by Mary Ann Crago at the "Winter Salon Show" opening at Terra Gallery as well as drawings and sculpture by other local artists.

Sherrie Gallerie will have six artist booths where hoppers can meet the artists and talk about their work.

Gallery-goers are in for a treat, said owner Sherrie Hawk, because the art fair setup lets "the artist show off their entire collection, rather than a few pieces selected by the gallery."

Gallery Hop

4-10 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 4

Short North

"Stuff This! IV"

Dec. 4-29 at Rivet

"Play Date: Katelyn Cody and John Joseph McCutcheon"

Dec. 4-Jan. 29 at Sean Christopher Gallery

"Holiday Salon"

Dec. 4-31 at Marcia Evans Gallery

"Winter Salon Show"

Dec. 4-28 at Terra Gallery

"Artist Art Fair"

Dec. 4 at Sherrie Gallerie