Get Ready for Cinco de Mayo with Art

Hard to believe but May is just about upon us!  As you get ready to celebrate May Day and Cinco de Mayo, why not take in some art?  Listed below are events occurring throughout Central Ohio.  And, oh, don’t forget the Short North Gallery Hop!!

Fresh A.I.R. Gallery

Celebrating 10 Years!

Opening Reception

Wednesday April 29th

4-7 p.m.fresh aire
Come out for the Opening Reception Wednesday, April 29 from 4:00 – 7:00 pm. Enjoy light hors d’oeuvres, refreshments, and live music by the band Trial & Error.

Fresh A.I.R. Gallery’s 10 year Anniversary Exhibition presents new work by 32 artists who have previously exhibited at Fresh A.I.R. Gallery (Artists in Recovery). The artists represented range from the inaugural exhibition to the most recent. Fresh A.I.R. Gallery met a milestone in 2014 by celebrating 10 years as a nonprofit art gallery with a mission to exhibit the works of individuals affected by mental illness and/or substance use disorders. Our mission is through art, we educate the community and work to break down the stigma of mental illness and/or substance use disorders by bringing focus to the artistic vision. Since opening our gallery doors in September 2004, Fresh A.I.R. Gallery has shown 60 exhibitions, displaying the artwork of over 200 artists, sold more than 250 pieces of artwork totaling over $60,000. All of the sales of artwork go directly to the artists. Fresh A.I.R. Gallery does not take a commission or charge any fees. Many exhibits demonstrate the courage and struggles of the artists as they combat stigma and address social issues. Fresh A.I.R. Gallery is a project of Southeast Inc., Healthcare Services, a comprehensive provider of mental health, chemical dependency, physical healthcare, and homeless services serving Columbus and six surrounding counties since 1978.




May 1st

6-9 p.m.


For the month of May, Tacocat has created an open call for entries, asking artists to submit the piece of artwork they define as their best. The juried exhibition will be a highlight of the best work of artists in their own eyes. Explainations from each artist will accompany each piece for viewers to become aware of the reasoning each artist finds the individual works to be their best.

Vanderelli Room

Opening Reception 

Espreet Decor

Friday May 1st

7:00- 11:00 p.m.

Show Continues Saturday 11 a.m. – 8 p.m.vanderelli room may 1Espreet Decor is a pop-up show featuring art work from the legendary, Columbus based artist, James Beoddy. The show will feature Beoddy’s early work *circa 1970’s, 3D comix, and recent large scale paintings. This is a rare opportunity and one that should not be missed. The gallery will host the artist’s reception on Friday May, 1st and will be open Saturday, May 2nd 11 a.m. -8 p.m.
*Some works may be interpreted as “explicit”

Beyond Photography

Concourse Gallery

Upper Arlington Municipal Services Building

Show starts this Friday, May 1st


Reception May 14th 6-8 p.m.


Beyond Photography brings together a diverse group of artists who use photography as an element of their work; from photogravure, encaustic, and iPhone snaps; stretching the traditional view of photography. Curator, Char Norman has selected work from the following artists; Helen Hoffelt, Kathy McGhee, Duncan Snyder, Steve Elbert, Hiroshi Hayakawa, Denny Griffith and Barb Vogel. Artists were chosen for innovative use of photographic elements and the ability to seamlessly marry traditional techniques with a variety of equipment and media.

Decorative Arts Center


Saturday May 2nd

10 a.m.- Noon

decorative artsThis Saturday, May 2…Art Studio Open House & Public Art Initiative: Downtown Piano Painting

10:00 am – Noon
FREE TO ALL AGES (students under 10 must have adult present)

Art Studio Open House…Come and see what you can do at DACO this trimester. Enjoy snacks and an array of art activities for all ages; meet our staff and teachers and Be Inspired at daco studio!

Public Art Initiative…Join us as we paint a donated piano for the downtown square!

For more info:

Stone Village Church

Gallery Hop

Saturday May 2nd

4:30- 6:30 p.m.

stone village may

Stone Village Church is excited to welcome students from Columbus Public Schools into our gallery for May Gallery Hop on Saturday, May 2 from 4:30 – 6:30 pm.
“Looking at Learning” showcases the work of middle and high school students from across the Columbus City Schools District. Part of a larger project (Project ASPIRE), which created a new model for preparing future urban teachers with a deep understanding of diversity, equity, social justice and multiculturalism, the exhibition provides an in-depth look at the power of integrating visual art into science, math and world language classrooms. Join in celebrating and supporting these exceptional young artists.


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