September's Gallery Hop has a lot of interesting exhibit openings and events occurring this weekend, indicative of a busy and exciting fall for the Columbus arts scene coming in the next few months. Start off on the right foot at the Hop by checking out these exhibits - and any of the other happenings in High Street.

September's Gallery Hop has a lot of interesting exhibit openings and events occurring this weekend, indicative of a busy and exciting fall for the Columbus arts scene coming in the next few months. Start off on the right foot at the Hop by checking out these exhibits - and any of the other happenings in High Street.

"Animal Instincts"

Exciting San Francisco-based artist Calvin Ma presents his latest series of sculptures defined by an aesthetic that's equally whimsical and powerful. Ma's sculptural works are based on action figures and explore personal issues, along with the artist's struggles with social anxiety.

"Even as a child, I was reserved and apprehensive, so I turned to toys to keep me entertained. I believe the tactile activity of playing with them coupled with my active imagination helped establish this passion for the action figure early on," Ma explains in his artist's statement.

Ma's compelling clay works are clearly influenced by the action figure - and may be construed as "fun" upon initial viewing - but as the viewer digests a piece, a quiet apprehension builds. The figures in "Animal Instincts" - often a pairing a human form and an animal (deer, birds, dogs, etc.) - contain an elusive gaze and the use of house elements (particularly the windows) to convey a subtle vacuum that nicely balances Ma's vibrant colors and stirring textures.

Sherrie Gallerie
Through Sept. 30
694 N. High St., Short North
sherriegallerie.com

"Tears Of A King"

When respected Columbus creator Richard Duarte Brown holds an exhibit, it promises to be something special. Brown invited a group of his peers (Joshua Shremshock, Katerina Harris, and Nehemiah Payne) to join him in creating a collection of mixed-media works. "Tears" will contain a historical component, as Brown will present works from years past, along with new pieces from both his collection and the other participating artists.

"The 'Tears of a King" collection is a body of work 30 years in the making," Brown said. "Its backdrop is set on the foundation of identity - who we say we are versus who we are supposed to be. I display an array of ideas and colors to give the viewers the full experience of the story I tell."

Sean Christopher Gallery Ohio
Opening reception: 6-10 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 5
Sept. 5-26
815 N. High St., Short North
seanchristophergalleryohio.com

"Convergence"

Respected artists Christopher Burk and Jacci Delaney will present new series of urban-inspired work. Burk's photo-realistic paintings of Columbus - characterized by a unique perspective that focuses up, building tops and power lines - and Delany's glassworks offer a distinctive approaches to a similar inspiration. Both artists also chose contemporary peers (urban landscape watercolorist Cody Heichel and sculptor Natalia Arbelaez) to pair with their pieces.

Brandt-Roberts Galleries
Opening reception: 5:30-8 p.m. Friday, Sept. 4
Sept. 4-27
642 N. High St., Short North
brandtrobertsgalleries.com.

"Loneliness Will Get You In Trouble"

Renowned Cleveland-based artist Derek Hess - best known for his concert posters and socio-political fine art - will showcase new work and hold a book signing (3-5 p.m.) for his newest title, "Black, White and Red All Over," on Saturday.

Rivet Gallery
1200 N. High St., Short North
Opening Reception: 7-10 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 5
Sept. 5-30
rivetart.com