For years, individual Short North galleries have welcomed serious collectors to stop by early on Gallery Hop night to check out their new exhibits. Starting this month, the Collectors Preview is going to be an official pre-Hop event at 12 neighborhood galleries.

For years, individual Short North galleries have welcomed serious collectors to stop by early on Gallery Hop night to check out their new exhibits. Starting this month, the Collectors Preview is going to be an official pre-Hop event at 12 neighborhood galleries.

From 3-6 p.m. each Gallery Hop Saturday, art enthusiasts will be able to browse the newest pieces at each gallery, chat with the artists and talk about works with likeminded fine-art buffs.

For gallery owners, it'll be a nice complement to the rest of the Hop crowd, who come out to check out the new shows and shops but not necessarily to buy art, said Diesha Condon, senior director of the Short North Business Association.

"It's more for the serious art people," Condon explained. "This will be 100 percent the portion of the evening that's all about art."

Also, the early starting time will allow collectors to snag convenient parking spots before the crowds roll in later that evening.

One of the artists spotlighted during this month's Collectors Preview will be CCAD graduate Shannon Bonatakis, whose "The Things We Have Lost" will be on display at Rivet Gallery. She manages to infuse her stylized acrylic portraits (pictured) with an intense emotional charge.


Mahan Gallery

717 N. High St., Short North

Platonic crushes - we've all had them. The idea of being drawn to someone but not attracted to them sexually is sort of fascinating, and it's at the heart of "Pallid Spell," an exhibition of paintings and photography opening at Mahan.

In her pale, almost translucent portraits, Kelsey Henderson focuses on physical and emotional flaws, the kind of raw and real beauty that makes people respect you (if not want to sleep with you). Her paintings will be paired with photography by Ben Grieme.


Terra Gallery

8 E. Poplar Ave., Short North

Bright lights at night, pleasing architectural details, interesting shadow play - for its fall show, Terra is finding the beauty in urban environments.

The paintings, photographs and sculptures featured in "Contemporary Landscapes and Cityscapes" depict well-known and under-the-radar scenes from Columbus and other cities. The exhibit runs through Nov. 3.