A long weekend serves as an ideal time for a longer Gallery Hop, courtesy the Pizzuti Collection.

A long weekend serves as an ideal time for a longer Gallery Hop, courtesy the Pizzuti Collection.

The three-year-old gallery will move two of its signature events, Family Day and Pacesetters After Hours, to Hop Saturdays starting this weekend, a move that further signals the maturation of the museum and offers new and exciting programming to Hoppers visiting the Short North Arts District.

"This is huge for Gallery Hop," Short North Alliance Executive Director Betsy Pandora said. "Their programming provides another layer of engagement with the arts for people when they come to Gallery Hop."

"It's a way to expand Gallery Hop and for us to further engage in the neighborhood," Pizzuti Collection Director Rebecca Ibel said.

Family Day will begin at 11 a.m. on Saturday, July 2, offering free admission and guided tours of the Collection's art spaces at 11:30 a.m., 1:30 p.m. and 3:30 p.m. The day features a host of art experiences for children and will include a concert by the Shazzbots at 11 a.m.

Pacesetters After Hours, the Collection's 21-and-over event, will feature cocktails from Middle West Spirits, specialty beers from Rockmill Brewery and the music of DJ Patrick. The event also offers free admission to the Collection's exhibitions.

Family Day 11 a.m.-5 p.m., Pacesetters 6-8 p.m., Saturday, July 2

632 N. Park St., Short North


Soutchay Soungpradith, Denmark on High

Central Ohio artist Soutchay Soungpradith is a painter working primarily in oils but also acrylic. A lifelong artist, he abbreviated his studies at CCAD to pursue music, eventually returning to painting while also raising a family.

Soungpradith has selected 12 works to be hung at the Short North cocktail bistro Denmark on High. The exhibit combines new work with older pieces. "Most of the show is inspired by the fragility of life and the fine line between good and evil," the artist said.

The artist will be in attendance during Gallery Hop. The exhibit will remain up through mid-September.

Opening reception, 7-10 p.m. Saturday, July 2

463 N. High St. (2nd floor), Short North


Kate Ball & Rachel Yurkovich, ROY G BIV Gallery

ROY G BIV hosts this expressive pairing of Ohio-based artists throughout July. Kate Ball applies stop-action animation to her printmaking work, giving it a childlike aesthetic, while Rachel Yurkovich will exhibit video and installation work.

Gallery Director Ken Aschliman said both artists' work "deals with animals and human relationships with an impact on animals, and also the kind of darkness of the natural world."

Ball said her contributions "investigate the nature of backyard nature."

"I use humor and surreal narratives to highlight and question the true nature of deer and other backyard wildlife," she added.

Yurkovich's pieces explore, via video and experimentation, myths about the natural world, including the question of whether chickens will eat their own eggs.

Opening reception 7-10 p.m. Saturday, July 2

997 N. High St., Short North