Wednesday, August 23, 2006


This is an amazing installation piece by Meghan Kerr at the RoyGBiv gallery in August. The history of non-profit galleries like ROYGBiv ebbs and flows in the Short North. The original non-profit gallery was ARTreach which was the gallery program of the ill-fated Columbus Center for Contemporary Art which began in 1975 downtown. ARTreach had a gallery from 1978-89 and then went another 5 years doing shows in various public buildings. A.C.E. Gallery began in the eraly 1980's and lasted about 20 years, the longest run of them all. ACME Art Company is what most people remember as an alternative space. It has moved for the fifth time since 1989 and is currently on Cleveland Avenue in the Milo district, but it hasn't shown art in six months.
Other non-profits include the Katz & Dawgs Gallery in the Buggyworks Building for a few years, Nationwide Insurance's lobby gallery in the early years, and Studio 16 that recently changed focus completely away from art.
This leaves the Ohio Art League, a 100 year old organization that has done yearly events and publications over the years, but only in recent years has its own storefront gallery.

Grimaldi Circus on the Street

The Grimaldi Circus is one of stilt-walking dance groups that perform under the Columbus Movement Movement .
The other being Katrina Isabella's Highjinks Dance Co.. The Grimaldi Circus brought a Flock of Flamingos to the August Gallery Hop. Pretty bizarre Flamingos, I must say.

Wednesday, August 09, 2006


"The Dakota Apartment Building project was starting to take shape. Also, the Yukon Building was showing one of their upstairs condos for $140,000. Real Estate is still the largest business in the Gallery Hop area of High Street.
"The Great Art and Appliance Give Away" was advertised at the Body Shop
. This reflects the REAL art market on High Street. One artist displayed his art of the back of his pick-up. He didn't seem to find much interest.

Signs and street performers took the day as the monthly Gallery Hop turned 21 years old. Lindsay Gallery displayed a new giant sign to match the Mahan Gallery's regular super poster on the side of a building.

The crowd was comfortable in size, but parking filled-up. People were out enjoying the less humid weather.

Ballerinas Hit the Streets

Is that an ipod with speakers on the back of the front ballerina?
Do ballerinas hit parking meters when doing their excercises?

A flock of ballerinas floated along High Street under the leadership of J. Lillian Gray.