June 5, 2021 marked the return of the Short North Art District’s first Saturday of the month Gallery Hop in over a year. It was welcomed by artists, art galleries, street entertainers, shops, restaurants and of course…the public! The weather cooperated with it being a warm and sunny day as well. It was good to see the area working towards some degree of normalcy – a word that is debated by many but none the less, we are all working towards some form of it.
There were new exhibits at these long standing galleries I visited – Marcia Evans, Studios on High and Sharon Weiss.
And then there was a new kid on the block, Emergent Art & Craft. This gallery opened in November 2020 while things were still under the specter of the virus. Their mission statement, taken from their website, is “To provide a safe space for artists and artisans to exhibit and sell their work and receive mentor-ship in building their businesses while building our own. Emergent is an inclusive space that strives to represent the diverse community we exist within.” Way to go Emergent!
High Street was bustling with the streets being fuller than I’ve seen in some time. People were out with friends and loved ones enjoying a meal, celebrating an event or just enjoying the lovely day in general.
And there was a line out the door for Jeni’s Ice Cream. Always a good sign.
It wouldn’t have been the gallery hop without the street entertainers who were out there singing, playing guitars and performing magic tricks. Attendees happily picked a card with the magician while others sang and danced along with the singers.
Welcome back Gallery Hop, it is so good to experience you again! For more information about the Gallery Hop and the art gallery exhibitions for this month, check out the Short North Arts District page here. As the event is held downtown in Columbus’ Short North district, parking options are pay garages and parking lots or street parking meters.