Even though it's chilly out, this weekend's Gallery Hop offers a number of exhibit openings throughout the district that make venturing out worthwhile. So bundle up and get out there, because these are only a few highlights of all the happenings. Plus, there is some really great Valentine's Day art on display (for those of you looking to get a head start on the holiday and avoid doing it like everyone else).
Even though it’s chilly out, this weekend’s Gallery Hop offers a number of exhibit openings throughout the district that make venturing out worthwhile. So bundle up and get out there, because these are only a few highlights of all the happenings. Plus, there is some really great Valentine’s Day art on display (for those of you looking to get a head start on the holiday and avoid doing it like everyone else).
“Be My Valentine”
Yes, that dreaded Hallmark holiday is right around the corner. Thankfully, the February exhibition “Be My Valentine” at Rivet Gallery actually makes it fun by incorporating a vast array of styles.
Now in its second year — and an annually scheduled exhibit due to last year’s popularity — “Be My Valentine” has 44 artists creating one-of-a-kind Valentine’s cards. Local printmaker Igloo Letterpress donated cards to local, national and international artists so they could channel “the days of Valentine greetings being handed out at elementary school, the nervousness of silly little crushes and fears of past rejections … a modern-day twist on the little Valentine square,” said Rivet owner Laura Kuenzli.
Some cards are cute, others macabre. Some are even a bit biting (see pictures). But you’re sure to find something you’ll be proud to give on the groan-inducing-est of holidays. An opening reception from 7-10 p.m. will have some artists in attendance and feature sweet treats and libations from Actual Brewing Co.
1200 N. High St., Short North
“Campana Brothers: Brazilian Design Now” and “Tomory Dodge”
The Pizzuti Collection unveils two new exhibitions by Brazilian designers Fernando and Humberto Campana and Los Angeles-based artist Tomory Dodge this weekend.
The Campana Brothers’ fresh and modern designs are often complimented by eccentricities — tables made from stuffed animals and couches created out of leather alligator dolls. Dodge’s work (a mixture of paintings, collages, prints and watercolors) is an addition to the current main exhibition “NOW-ISM: Abstraction Today,” and displays the young artist’s recent forays into abstraction, including two paintings fresh from a show at the CRG Gallery in New York.
Dodge will give an artist’s talk 6-7 p.m. during Gallery Hop, followed by a reception. The talk is free to members and students, and $10 for the general public.
The Pizzuti Collection
Feb. 7-June 20
632 North Park St., Short North
“A Digital Journey”
Emerging artist Ty P. Carroll, who recently participated in the “Urban Arts Space for BFA Senior Projects Exhibition,” will present his otherworldly digital landscapes. Carroll’s wildly imaginative landscapes start with a foundation of images, ranging from space photos to refracted light imagery, which he then constructs a fantastical cityscape or landscape atop of. The result is some vibrantly catching work signaling the artist developing a compelling series. Carroll will be working on a new piece Saturday from 4-10 p.m.
937 N. High St., Short North
“A CCAD Valentine’s”
Marcia Evans Gallery is also a hosting an exciting Valentine’s Day-themed showcase, with a collection of projects from CCAD illustration students. Two class projects — digital patterns imprinted on fabric for a steampunk Valentine’s Day design challenge and digital illustrations of beloved recipes — resulted in a collection of digital prints. An opening reception is held 6-8 p.m. during Gallery Hop
Marcia Evans Gallery
8 E. Lincoln St., Short North