May Gallery Hop preview: Three to see

Staff Writer
Columbus Alive

“Man, Myth & Magic”

Andrea Joyce Heimer found her way through a very difficult time by painting.

“I started these particular paintings in 2012. I was having a really bad depressive bout, wasn’t leaving the house much. It was not a good scene,” said the Washington-based artist during a recent phone interview. “I’d had these scenes in my head from my own mythology of growing up that I wanted to paint for a long time. I sort of assumed people would [only] connect with them if they were painted photo-realistically. It was really frustrating. I wanted to paint it like a photograph and it was not coming together whatsoever. So I kind of quit doing art for a while and that’s when I had this big depressive dip.”

Then Heimer decided to just let go — and it all worked out.

“I decided I’m just going to do one of these scenes with the artistic tools I have available, in my own comfort zone. I did a lot of patterning on the first few, on the wallpaper and stuff, and I found that really meditative.”

Not only did Heimer discover sanctuary in her paintings, she’s also found a successful series that’s drawn attention from national websites. Heimer began by constructing these elaborate, hyper-realistic memories of her childhood — captivating in their aesthetic energy and often conveying a sense of whimsical sarcasm on the suburban lifestyle — which are as accessible as they are stimulating.

“I wanted this work to connect with people, particularly through the stories. And it’s been working; people have said, ‘Oh I’ve lived next to that crazy neighbor. This could be my street.’ Also I think the presentation … is really unintimidating for people, and it’s very approachable,” Heimer said. “It’s this really open way of presenting these stories, because here’s this really honest and kind of embarrassing story, done in this really honest and embarrassing painting style.”

Heimer shouldn’t be embarrassed of this work.

Lindsay Gallery

Opening reception: 6-9 p.m. Friday, May 1

Through June 30

986 N. High St., Short North

AICUO Award Finalists

This exhibit features six up-and-coming artists — finalists for the AICUO visual arts competition, which recognizes outstanding senior artists from colleges and universities in Ohio.

The six finalists offer a diverse array of mediums: Lauryn Olivia King’s life-size human casts (pictured) examine the human condition; Justine Neuberger’s oil paintings lampoon gluttony; Lauren Hector offers print ads promoting sustainable energy; and Audrey Nation’s cut-paper poems depict fragments of notable quotes. Opening reception is 7-10 p.m. Saturday.

ROY G BIV Gallery

May 2-30

997 N. High St., Short North

Annual Pinchflat Bicycle Poster Show

To celebrate its fifth year, the Pinchflat Poster Show will feature 30 local artists’ 30 bicycle-inspired prints for $30. The festivities kick off at Wild Goose Creative (12-5 p.m.) with food trucks, live music and more before moving to Paradise Garage from 6-11 p.m. for more food and music fun (and where they’ll be displayed through May). At $30, why not buy a poster at each event?

Paradise Garage

Through May 30

921 N. High St., Short North