Dogs, roller skating and art

Abigail Hartung is a dog mom, the co-director of a volunteer-operated arts space and an avid roller skater. The latter two will combine Saturday, May 12, at the Roller Disco Fundraiser in support of 934 Gallery's third annual 934 Fest, featuring some of the funkiest deejays Columbus has to offer in the Milo Arts Gym (next door to 934 Gallery). Here are a few things she loves.

Community-oriented arts spaces

Being involved in the operation of 934 Gallery has given me a greater appreciation of arts spaces around town. Some of my favorites include No Place Gallery on the South Side and Corrugate Studio Collective & Gallery in Milo-Grogan. Both bring in national (and local) artistic talents with relevant work. Make it out to an opening; No Place's next exhibit, “As If A Field Could Become Some Dream,” opens Saturday, May 19.

Roller skating

No workout is quite like the one you get on eight wheels. Roller skating is an oft-underrated fave activity of mine, and it's making a comeback. If you're ready to bust out your skates (or boogie down on foot), hit up the 934 Gallery Roller Disco fundraiser this Saturday. When's the last time you got your groove on in a school gymnasium like it's the spring fling?

Heatwave

I enjoy a good dance party nearly as much as roller skating. DJ Adam Scoppa crafts a superb vibe at the monthly Heatwave dance party at Ace of Cups (first Saturdays). Nothing beats live vinyl spins, plus he always plays Jackson 5 for me.

Dog-friendly work spaces

I have been blessed to be employed in dog-friendly work spaces for 10 years and would not have it any other way. Columbus is fortunate to have employers who recognize the morale boost that our canine companions bring to the work environment. My pups, Frebis and Sadie, love going to work with me at RoofSnap, a local tech startup. If I had a tail, it would be wagging, too.

Columbus Dog Connection

Helping animals is of course dear to my heart, and Columbus Dog Connection on Johnstown Road not only facilitates the rescue of homeless cats and dogs, the organization offers a mobile spay/neuter clinic and a monthly low-cost vaccine clinic. Their volunteers are top notch, and you can feel good about saving money for your pets' care and helping other pets in need.