"Short North Arts District helps assuage summer swelter" is not the headline for this story, but it could be. Here are three cool shows you'll want to make sure to visit during this Saturday's Gallery Hop.

"Short North Arts District helps assuage summer swelter" is not the headline for this story, but it could be. Here are three cool shows you'll want to make sure to visit during this Saturday's Gallery Hop.

(And don't forget Family Days and Pacesetters at the Pizzuti Collection.)

Visit shortnorth.org for more information.

"Surfaces," Hammond Harkins Galleries

This group exhibition features the Columbus debut of Pennsylvania native and NYC artist Alteronce Gumby. The recent Yale University MFA grad is headed to first London and then Paris for a combined 11 months of artist residency (although Hammond Harkins does hope to have Gumby here in early September for a program).

Gumby said his recent work is "perfect for this show." "My paintings have a keen sensibility for gestures, for marks. 'Surfaces' is right up my alley," he said.

Gumby's recent creations also feature an examination of color and the use of melted and treated clay as a medium - a nod to the '50s animated character that shares the artist's last name - which necessitated a move to painting with non-traditional instruments as well as his own hands.

"I've been thinking about inheritance of something not of my generation, about how I relate to the world, about socially constructed identity. And I am wanting to dig at the notion of empathy, especially as an African-American male in the United States," he said.

Central to the exhibition is Gumby's "Colors Only," installed high above the viewer's head, like a sign.

"When people stand before 'Colors Only,' they become a part of it," Gallerist Chet Domitz said.

Laura Alexander, Kaveri Raina, Marcia Smilack and Mariana Smith are also featured in this show.

Through Sept. 4

641 N. High St., Short North

hammondharkins.com

"AD ASTRA: To the Stars," Jes Moore, Sean Christopher Gallery

Sean Christopher continues its presentation of this exhibition by Granville-based mixed-media artist Jes Moore. The artist has created a series of encaustic works for presentation in "AD ASTRA."

The exhibition continues through Aug. 27, but will be temporarily closed Aug. 13-20.

Artist reception, 6-10 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 6

815 N. High St., Short North

facebook.com/seanchristophergalleryohio

Annie's Fund fundraiser, Lindsay Gallery

The gallery will exhibit art as part of the annual Annie's Fund for the Creative Arts benefit. The fund supports individual artists and their work, in memory of Dr. Anne Miller, who at the end of her life was a respected surgeon, an artist and dedicated patron of the arts. Featured artists are Robert Falcone and Andy Hudson.

Artist reception 6-9 p.m. Friday, Aug. 5

986 N. High St., Short North

lindsaygallery.com