Preview: March Gallery Hop

From the February 28, 2013 edition

Staff Pick: Alternative Fashion Mob’s ArtRageous Art Sale and Mixer

Saturday, March 2

Seventh Son Brewing Co.

Columbus is renowned for its fashion industry, but a new group is aiming to eliminate the scene’s exclusivity and pave a whole new path for independent fashion designers — and shoppers — in town.

“There is a whole market of people dying to get in on the fun with this,” said Amee BellWanzo, a member of the new Alternative Fashion Mob.

That sentiment was confirmed when the group debuted its plans at last week’s Pecha Kucha. Several people in the audience (like fellow Pecha Kucha presenter cartoonist Max Ink) approached the six-person Mob — which includes the patron badass of Columbus fashion design, Kelli Martin — about collaborations for future events.

The Alternative Fashion Mob’s plan is to host a week-long fashion event in June celebrating independent fashion designers in town and to fund that event by presenting various DIY fashion workshops, rock shows and shopping events throughout the year.

Its first event of many is this weekend’s ArtRageous Art Sale and Mixer, where fashion-inspired original artwork will be available for perusal and purchase.

“Our end goal, down the road, is to develop some sort of fashion incubator,” BellWanzo said. “Something that is a pool of resources for people who are just starting out. It can be hard to network now and that’s an area where we can help, where we can help designers stay in Columbus.”

“Ohio, You RAWK!”

Through March 10

Rivet Gallery

If you haven’t seen this group exhibition of 16 Ohio-based artists’ rock gig posters, you’re missing out, man. Represented are artists such as Brian Ewing, Graham Erwin, Rich Rayburn and our favorite Columbus rock (poster) god, Clinton Reno. The posters run the gamut from promotion for local shows to designs done for band like Primus and Death Cab for Cutie. One viewing of “Ohio, You RAWK!” and you will leave hoping rock ’n’ roll never dies.

“Works by Ruth Markus”

Through March 23

Sherrie Gallerie

Before she passed away at age 88 last December, Ohio artist Ruth Markus earned a reputation as part of the enamel elite. Six decades working as a successful artist will do that for you.

Markus’ works, some of which are miniature versions of famous rock musicians, told stories through fired enamel on metal.

“I love how you can feel her creative passion in her work through her exquisite enamel work and sense of humor,” said Sherrie Gallerie owner Sherrie Hawk.

A celebration of Markus’ life and art will take place this Gallery Hop at Sherrie Gallerie.