July Gallery Hop: Four exhibitions not to miss

Staff Writer
Columbus Alive

This weekend’s Gallery Hop is sure to be overflowing with jubilant crowds, given it’s ’Merica day — but mostly because the Doo Dah Parade takes place in the district to kick off the celebration. For those looking for some post-Doo Dah fun, here’s a rundown of four exhibits well worth experiencing.

New Work by Sare

Paris-based, Armenian-born artist Sare — represented by Muse Gallery in German Village — has a bond with Columbus, which means this city is often treated to a display of her compelling paintings. Sare will debut a series of new works in the stylish Short North hotel — which also houses works from over 100 artists as part of its permanent collection — for the Hop.

Her paintings often depict bulbously macabre or bizarre figures conceived with a masterful touch and technique that mesmerize, titillate and scandalize the viewer. These are complex paintings for sure, but the dichotomous crossroads of jubilance and anxiety unsheathes a part of the mind we try — regrettably — to discount. Discounting Sare and her paintings isn’t possible.

Hilton Downtown

Through July 31

401 N. High St., Short North

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“Joyce Hayden: Resilience/Reverence/Resistance”

Joyce Hayden is a recently retired English professor whose foray into visual art is defined by thematic resonance. Here Hayden will present a series of storytelling paintings, homage collages, assemblage construction, and audio/visual presentations addressing resilience in the face of personal and/or political adversity — something we should all relate to, given our current socio-political atmosphere. Hayden’s visceral visual work will be augmented by a performance and artist talk during the Saturday reception beginning at 6 p.m.

Sean Christopher Gallery

July 4-Aug. 29

815 N. High St., Short North

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Sandra Erbacher and The Page Collective

This exhibit features multiple thought-provoking individuals in Sandra Erbacher — a multidisciplinary artist who’s capable of captivating intellect in any medium — and The Page Collective (Maria DiFranco, Amanda Le Kline and Jessica Naples), which bridges thought, material and narrative with installations and visual works engaging the written word and its imagery. It’s sure to fascinate. The opening reception (7-10 p.m.) and closing artist discussion (2:30 p.m. Sunday, July 25) offer multiple opportunities to embrace notions of compelling consequence.

ROY G BIV

July 4-25

997 N. High St., Short North

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Arlo Moon

The Short North Tavern will be ground zero for revelry, from easygoing to outlandish, after Doo Dah. Arlo Moon’s infectiously charming pop art will perfectly match the vibes inside the Short North’s stalwart watering hole. Moon’s latest series of pop-art paintings will feature iconic movie characters (Edward Scissorhands, David “All right, All right, All right” Wooderson), musicians (KISS, Bob Dylan) and even staunch purveyors of logic (Spock).

Short North Tavern

Through July 31

674 N. High St., Short North

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