Gallery Hop preview: Six exhibitions worth a visit

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From the July 31, 2014 edition

Busy, busy, busy. The August Gallery Hop is filled with a number of worthwhile exhibit openings this weekend, making it the perfect opportunity to stroll up and down High Street from one end of the Short North to the other. Here’s a sampling of six exhibitions Hop visitors should check out.

“It’s Only Natural”

Robert Falcone presents medicinal weeds as classic botanical illustrations through a Trompe l’oeil watercolor interpretation. His goal is for the viewer to recognize nature’s bounty for survival as the encroaching collapse of civilization approaches. Sculptor Nancy Josephson presents luminously emblazoned pieces using mirrors, glass beads, jewels, Scrabble tiles — really anything — to create everyday objects through an unconventional lens. Artist reception is 6-9 p.m. Friday.

“Cut Maps”

Dan Linden merged his two loves — art and engineering — for this showcase at Brothers Drake Meadery, which is celebrating National Mead Day during Gallery Hop. Linden creates elaborate laser-cut street maps of your favorite city (both international metropolises and C-bus) using a monochromatic aesthetic. Trying to find your house on the Columbus map alone is worth it.

“Urban Blend”

Local artists (and friends) Joss Parker and Christopher Cropper join forces for a pop-art exhibition that promises to be as colorful and fun as it is accessible. The duo has mixed and mashed their respective techniques within the genre of street and urban contemporary art. Stone Village Church is a bit off the beaten (High Street) path, but worth the jaunt for this reception.

“The Art of Dino Nemec”

If it’s Gallery Hop, Rivet is the one stop you must make. August features the ink works of illustrator and tattoo artist (ihearttattoo in Clintonville) Dino Nemec. Whether using ink and paper or skin as his medium, Nemec’s work combines intricate, detailed realism with a surreal, occasionally haunting aesthetic.

“Watercolors”

This month’s exhibit presents two watercolor painters, Cody Heichel and Chelstin Ross, working in two distinct styles. Heichel’s watercolors often depict Columbus (in landscapes and portraits) in a commanding fashion. Ross’ paintings are more abstract, buoyed by vibrant color bleeds and swirling interactions. Reception is 5:30-8:30 p.m. Friday.