Downtown Galleries Form Art Alliance

Emily Thompson

Art collector Angela Meleca opened her eponymous gallery last fall with the intent of bringing contemporary fine art to Downtown. "I really wanted to bring art to Central Ohio that has never been seen here before," Meleca says. But she recognized there was already a strong art presence in the neighborhood, so she reached out to CCAD's Canzani Center Gallery, the Cultural Arts Center, Riffe Gallery and OSU Urban Arts Space.

Dubbing themselves The Downtown Galleries, they've banded together to promote walkability with postcard-sized maps at each gallery. Meleca hopes the collaboration will lead to coordinating exhibition openings on the same night. "It's just a natural fit," she says. "I think each pocket of the city has its own feel or flavor to it, and I think we have our own synergy."