Whether you've rushed headlong into the holiday season or need a little push to overcome some post-Thanksgiving inertia, Saturday's Short North Holiday Hop might be just what you need.

Whether you've rushed headlong into the holiday season or need a little push to overcome some post-Thanksgiving inertia, Saturday's Short North Holiday Hop might be just what you need.

The shops and galleries will be decorated for the holidays (indeed, you can vote for your favorite during the festivities), outdoor entertainment will be provided by choirs from Ohio Dominican University, Hilliard Davidson High School and more, and Santa will be hanging out at Victorian Gate for photos from noon-9 p.m.

There are galleries still pushing boundaries this month, full of interesting and challenging work. Check out exhibition openings both Friday and during Saturday's Hop. Visit shortnorth.org for more information.

Blake Turner, "Manifesto Library"

Sean Christopher Gallery

This Clintonville artist will install a collection of political tracts and statements representing leftist, militant, anarchist and internet-based political viewpoints throughout December and January. (Not your typical holiday season fare, for sure.)

Turner said the assemblage is "comprised of books I've collected, previously published manifestos, pamphlets dating back to the 1920s, both major and alternative."

"The collection resides within my practice as an artist, which deals with ideas of representation and access to alternate political agency or idea," Turner said. "Rather than just create a database, by giving it a physical manifestation, it gives it some legitimacy."

"I believe this inaugural exhibit of [Turner's] 'Manifesto Library' is very timely considering the current political climate," said gallery owner John McCutcheon.

A reception at which "thinkers, artists and academics will give informal talks" related to the content, Turner said, kicks off the exhibition, which continues through Jan. 28.

Artist reception, 6-10 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 3
815 N. High St., Short North
facebook.com/seanchristophergalleryohio

Laine Bachman, "Second Nature"

Sherrie Gallerie

Landscapes that tread territory between hyper-reality and fairy tale serve as a predominant theme in Columbus artist Laine Bachman's work. She seeks myth and folklore, drawn to imagery that speaks to a dual nature, setting these characters and characterizations in rich and colorful realms. Her large-scale pieces are created using acrylic on canvas.

Artist reception, 5:30-8 p.m. Friday Dec. 2
694 N. High St., Short North
sherriegallerie.com

"Five Artists" group show

Lindsay Gallery

Duff Lindsay has gathered the works of five artists working in Columbus (or with strong Columbus ties) for his December show. Exhibiting artists are Steve Ehret, Amber Groome, Joey Monsoon, Ashley D. Pierce and Meghan Willis.

While their styles and mediums are varied, these artists are distinctive and bold, known for "making strong statements," Lindsay said.

Artist reception 6-9 p.m. Friday, Dec. 2
986 N. High St., Short North
lindsaygallery.com