Thursday, February 28, 2008
Waldo's was first noticed for its sculpture in the windows. This space at Buttles and High has lots of windows.
During the May, 1986 Gallery Hop Waldo's started the first of its annual "Wearable Art Shows" where artsy clothes were encouraged and sold. At the same time, wild 80's hairdos were created as you watched. It was quite a crowded event. The Buttles & High space was also remembered for its manicurist on duty, a feature, along with the Wearable Art Show, faded when Waldo's moved a few doors north to its current space. However, the monthly art shows continued in the new space through 3 ownerships until just recently
Here is Johanna and artist Helen T. Hall again showing what a great space the first Waldo's had for an art gallery once the barber chairs were moved to the side.
Wednesday, February 27, 2008
Ritchey's at 714 was a collectables shop on the corner of Lincoln and High. There was a time when a cigar store Indian graced the front. Hand Motion, a T-shirt shop, had moved next to it from around the corner making way for the Benjamin Marcus Gallerie in 1986
The Spangler Cummings Gallery was the largest Short North gallery. One side of the gallery could hold an dance performance at various times during the hop. Spangler featured large paintings and modern sculpture from most local and regional artists.
Tuesday, February 26, 2008
In 1984 the building across Russell from the Joyce Building was renovated and a artistic fashion show took place called INNOVATIONS. This show organized by Lian Calvo and artist Iris Sandkuhler brought the first heavily attended art event to the Short North, so much so it spilled out onto the street. INNOVATIONS had to find another space after Functional Furnishings bought the entire Yukon Building and kicked ARTreach and the other shops out. ARTreach and Unicef appeared several months later in the Lincoln Ave. shops that Wood Development renovated. Woody's Furniture, as seen above,was nearing the end of its long run. The gallery district as we know it now was materializing.
After the beginnings of the monthly Gallery Hops in 1985 the JOYCE Building was renovated with modern 1 and 2 bedroom apartments upstairs and modern storefronts below. The corner shop that Woody's occupied was still vacant at first. Avant Garde Hair Salon (where MAX the Salon is now) and Jazz Columbus (rear storefront off Russell) moved in by the Spring of 1986. Avant Garde immediately started showing regular monthly art shows joining Waldo's on High.
In late 1986 Art Investments opened up in the corner shop. This was the original name for the Riley Hawk Gallery. The Hawks brought studio glass art to the Short North in a big way. The glass art part of Riley Hawk has moved to Main Street downtown as the Hawk Gallery. Riley continued on in this space with large sculpture and art, but it has been replaced by the Kathryn Gallery more recently. Sherrie Hawk returned to the Short North with her Sherrie Gallerie in recent years.
Monday, February 25, 2008
On down the street the building at Russell and High St. had been renovated with apartments above. The storefront was still empty. The Short North Tavern had opened just to the north of this building (building with a center peak).
Sunday, February 24, 2008
Wednesday, February 20, 2008
Sunday, February 17, 2008
The Community Festival moved to the Short North in the early 1980's from its off-campus 16th Avenue site. It survived many years in the empty lot where Victorian Gate Apartments are now. (Russell and High St.) Comfest had only one stage with vendor tents along Park St. Seating was on a semi-grassy field with rocks and chunks of concrete from the former White Cross Hospital that occupied the site years earlier. As you can see from these pictures of the local band Dark Arts (with Sue Ann Mason lead singer) the buildings in the background were mostly empty and bombed-out. Boy are those days gone.
This is the Yukon Building when it was a one building art district. Functional Furnishings had not yet bought the entire building (moving everyone else out). ARTreach non-profit gallery was the center of art activity, it is second to the UNICEF store on the far right. Both of these businesses moved to the Lincoln Avenue shops in late 1984 beginning the group openings on the first Saturday of each month. A Victorian Village General Store can be seen here and other shops like Off-The-Wall Gallery occupied the building but didn't continue in business. Beyond this building, there was the PM Gallery and the two popular watering holes of Mellman's Corner (site of today's Greek church) and the Short North Tavern (but not were it is today). Linda Apple had the first art space at 689 N. High, but Apple Gallery didn't last far into the 1980's.
This is the corner of Russell and High St. Today, the bar East Village occupies the far right space. Next to that (out of the picture) was a plasma donor business that was torn down for a parking lot. The Short North was mostly furniture businesses at the time, both new and used. In its hey day in the 1950's it was known for car dealers and spaghetti restaurants. The storefronts grew up at the street car stops.
Wednesday, February 06, 2008
Sunday, February 03, 2008
The February Gallery Hop saw great weather for winter, but the crowd was light. The few remaining galleries, however, were often packed with people. The boutiques were less busy and some were closed.
The former Coffee Table (above) has been gutted along with the adjacent storefront to form what is sure to become the area's next big restaurant site. Milk Bar is not a bar but rather a new clothing store featuring independent hip designers from across the country. They are holding DJ-ed opening during gallery hop with I-pods around the shop for those who like other music. A painter was working on a painting , people were mingling, and everyone felt chronically hip.
Across the street RIVET Gallery was jammed with artists and friends for the opening of "Art from the Heartland" a show of two dozen local illustrators. Both shows are starting to turn Fifth and High Street into a fashionable center for the young and creative.
Artist Thia Bella was showing her paintings and painted baby dolls at Haircolorexperts, another hair salon/ art gallery. You were asked to come in and spin a wheel to see what kind of coupon you would get for your next hair cut. Or, you could just view the art.
RoyGBiv and Mahan Gallery seem to be drawing from the same group of artists who don't fully finish their paintings. RyGBiv had sculpture filling the middle of the gallery, and relief sculpture on the wall, both with the same minimalist approach. The central sculptures were so tiny that the custom wooden pedestals seemed to be the bulk of the pieces. These tiny sculptures were welded together metal pieces and rubber grommets.
Melissa Vogely Woods show at Ohio Art League was well attended and provided an audience activity of an urban quilt one can sew on. "Sunbonnet Sue in Trouble" was a show of gossamer quilts featuring a mushroom character who sports shopping carts, guns, etc. Melissa did a wall painting that seemd to show the slaughtering of buffalo type creatures.