Art preview: Holiday Hop

Jim Fischer
"Moon Ring Atmosphere" by Dana Lynn Harper

'Tis the season all right, but don't forget to build some hopping into your shopping schedule.

December's Short North Arts District Gallery Hop is, of course, the Holiday Hop, with the district's stores and galleries in the spirit of the season. Browsing is OK, too, as the weekend will be filled with plenty to see and do.

Don't miss the Pop Up Shop craft fair at The Garden Theater (1187 N. High St., from noon to 9 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 5, which will also host Americana artist Megan Palmer's Triumphant Return at 8 p.m. that same day.

Here are a few highlights to get your hopping started. Visit for more information.

Dana Lynn Harper: Sweet Spot, Sean Christopher Gallery

The emerging and prolific Harper is an ideal match for Sean Christopher's unique space – four interconnected rooms, each with a view into the others.

Gallerist John Joseph McCutcheon called Harper's work "approachable and relatable for viewers interested in both non-traditional and traditional work."

Harper said her newest works are informed by recent social and political events, an artist reacting to "a bombardment of tragedy, trying to find joy in dark times."

"This new body of work has every intention to unite people, by providing a safe space that is accessible and pleasurable to all," she said. "This universal accessibility happens through the use of everyday objects as well as abstraction. (These pieces) give me an ability to physically change the world, even if it is just the invention of a painting."

The exhibition will remain on view through Jan. 30.

Sean Christopher Gallery

Opening reception, 6-10 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 5

815 N. High St., Suites H & N

#Selfie, Little Fish Printing and Gallery

Make sure to seek out this delightful space's alternative take on the ubiquitous selfie. Little Fish exhibits original screen-prints, as well as one-of-a-kind works of art created by artists with developmental disabilities, enabling them to channel their creativity through uninhibited self-expression.

This show features each studio artist's visual interpretation of him or herself and those most important to them.

"It has been an exciting opportunity to use the selfie phenomenon as an outlet for each artist to redefine how they see themselves and the people that mean the most to them in one way or another," said Megan Massara, art studio coordinator. "These masterpieces capture the personality behind the art and artists of Little Fish Studios."

#Selfie will remain on view through Dec. 31.

Little Fish Gallery

Opening reception, 6-9 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 5

1254 N. High St.

Ashley D. Pierce, Lindsay Gallery

Columbus artist Ashley Pierce returns with a new set of mixed-media works for this winter show. In addition to her carved and painted wooden panels, she will be showing ceramics for the first time. Patrons may find some unexpected darkness in these colorful pieces, a result of the artist's inner struggles and a self-imposed challenge to represent different aspects of her personality. Expect some larger-scale works in this collection, as well.

Lindsay Gallery

Opening reception, 6-9 p.m. Friday, Dec. 4

986 N. High St.

Small Works & Thumb Box, ROY G BIV Gallery

Thumb Box, an exhibition of small pieces, is an Ohio Art League tradition (albeit not a continuous one) dating back to 1919. ROY G BIV offers aSmall Works exhibition once a year. This year, the two are one and the same.

"Through the early part of the league's history,Thumb Box was held annually," director Kim Webb said. "It returned in 2006 as an exhibition of works by our members that are under 6 inches in each dimension."

This year's ROY G BIV-hosted event will feature both OAL member artists as well as those represented by the gallery.

The exhibition will remain on view through Jan. 30.


Opening reception, 7 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 5

997 N. High St.

Linda Apple Art Show, Stonewall Columbus

Stonewall Columbus will host an exhibition of new works by Linda Apple during the Holiday Hop. Apple works in a variety of media, with a colorful and whimsical style.

You can check out "Black Cats Get a Bad Rap," a book illustrated by Apple and written by her son, J.G. Piper. Signed copies of the book will be available for purchase.

Stonewall Columbus Center On High

6-9 p.m. Friday, Dec. 4 and 5-7 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 5

1160 N. High St.