The galleries of the Short North have really got a good thing in store for May Gallery Hoppers. This month's slate of new exhibitions spans a significant breadth of looks and feels, from a selection of important national artists to the best in local and emerging talent.

The galleries of the Short North have really got a good thing in store for May Gallery Hoppers.

This month's slate of new exhibitions spans a significant breadth of looks and feels, from a selection of important national artists to the best in local and emerging talent.

This month's Gallery Hop happens May 7, but Alive hits the streets on May 5. In that spirit (5-5), here are previews of five exhibitions not to miss. Visit shortnorth.org for more information.

"In Our Nature" by Laura Sanders

Columbus-based painter Laura Sanders is noted for the near-photorealistic quality of her work, on full display in this, her first gallery exhibition in Columbus in several years. At first blush, the paintings could be fairly believed to be photographs, but a closer inspection reveals their true nature.

The CCAD graduate's detailed and fluid brush technique tackles the intersection of contemporary society and nature in these new works. "In my work, I feel like I'm joining landscape and figurative, human and the environment that sustains us," Sanders says in her artist's statement.

"In Our Nature" will be on exhibition through June 30.

Joseph Editions

Opening reception 5-8 p.m. Friday, May 6

17 W. Russell St.

josepheditions.com

* * *

"Animating Principle" by Donna Estep

Donna Estep's Pop Art paintings are colorful examinations of characters both real and fictional. The collection on exhibition at Short North Tavern will include her rendering of Prince, as well as nods to science (Albert Einstein) and science fiction (Spock). Those familiar with Estep's work will enjoy a new mashup of Marilyn Monroe and Frankenstein. Those new to her work will enjoy these colorful and quirky images of familiar figures.

"Animating Principle" will run through May 21.

Short North Tavern

Opens noon Saturday, May 7

674 N. High St.

facebook.com/shortnorthtavern

* * *

"Dual Nature" by Bill Miller

Lindsay Gallery's walls will be taken over by vintage linoleum flooring, the material of choice for this collection of works by collage artist Bill Miller. The Pittsburgh-based artist taps into the nostalgic nature of the material to bring out scenes of pastoral beauty, pop culture and politically inspired work.

Lindsay Gallery

Artist reception 6-9 p.m. Friday, May 9

986 N. High St.

lindsaygallery.com

* * *

"Selections" by Chris Taylor

The bright and striking images of painter Chris Taylor will be on display in this latest exhibition at Sean Christopher Gallery. Taylor, a frequent exhibitor at the gallery, has collected these recent works that serve as representative indicators of his distinct, abstract style

Sean Christopher Gallery

Opening reception 6-10 p.m. Saturday, May 7

815 N. High St.

seanchristophergalleryohio.com

* * *

Pints & Paintings

This benefit event for the AIDS Resource Center Ohio was postponed from April's Gallery Hop. The Short North Pint House's second annual Pints & Paintings event is an auction of works created during the Pint House's monthly live painting events. Artworks for Pints & Paintings will be hung at the Pint House and at its neighbor, Forno Kitchen + Bar.

The Pint House

Silent auction, 6-9 p.m. Saturday, May 7

780 N. High St.

shortnorthpinthouse.com