Holiday Shopping and Art Galore This Weekend!

This week is chock-full of great ways to celebrate the holidays, buy local and support Columbus- based  and surrounding area artists so there is absolutely NO excuse to buy anywhere else!

Give a gift of art this holiday season!!!

Get out and have some fun on Over-the-Hump Day and support a great cause…

an Ugly Sweater Party

The Avalon

Wednesday December 2nd

6-8:30 p.m.

uglyGrab your ugly sweater and come out to the Avalon December 2 and support building better futures for Columbus families!

GGEL invites you to attend this event to help support the work of Godman Guild. 100% of the funds raised will help support education and workforce development programs in Columbus.
There’ll be games and swag from White Castle and The Olentangy Paddle Photo Booth!
You’ll have a chance to bid on networking lunches with Columbus executives! There’ll even be prizes for the ugliest sweaters! A portion of all food and drink purchased at Avalon will also go toward thecause.
Additional contributions can be made at both the individual and corporate level. For more information on ways to donate head over


Thursday, head out to the Roscoe Room for some fun for children and adults alike!

Book Signing…a home for kikaru

Local Illustrator and Resident Artist at Roscoe Room, Megan Hogan


7-9 p.m.

megan hogan

Come join in the fun celebrating the  the release of JT Milam & Megan Hogan’s first children’s book: A Home For Kikaru !
Meet and greet with the author and illustrator and learn more about the inspiration, process, and creation of the book. There also will be some books available for purchase along with information on how to purchase the book online at a later convenience.
Some light snacks and drinks will be provided as well.
Also Note: if you have children, PLEASE bring them! Kikaru himself will be making an appearance 🙂


The Vanderelli Room

Questions and Answers with GCAC’s Ruby Harper


7 p.m.


Are you an artist or arts organization in need of help but don’t know where to start?  Need help finding and applying for grants? Looking for online resources? Not sure where to find residencies or training opportunities? Ever heard of a fiscal sponsor? Need to know more about crowdfunding platforms?
Greater Columbus Arts Council Grants & Services Director Ruby Lopez Harper is hosting an “open hours” event to answer your questions and find out how the Arts Council can help you.


Then Friday

Cultural Arts Center

6-8 p.m.


FINN, part of “Cap OFF/Art ON”, John Taylor-Lehman’s Loft Gallery Exhibit Dec. 4-29; Conversations & Coffee Art Talk Dec. 3, noon- 1 pm.


Sip, Shop and Sparkle

Strongwater Food & Spirits


4-8 p.m.


Sweaters, Succulents, and Spirits was so much fun, they’re doing it again! Come see Haus of Heathers and get your fill of holiday wear and potted succulents! This time they’re focusing on festive party wear for all those holiday parties, work parties, family get-togethers, and New Year’s Eve parties! They’re going to have vintage dresses, skirts, and tops; all with a party feel. (There might even be a few sweaters, too) There will be so many sparkles and sequins with items from the 50s, 60s, 70s, 80s, and 90s in a variety of styles and sizes. Don’t worry, they’ll have potted succulents in cute vintage vessels again too! They are also teaming back up with Cavalier Distributing to bring you a beer special. This time it  will be Madtree Thundersnow at a discounted price and the photobooth will be back! (Happy Hour on a Friday goodness). Don’t forget to stick around and try out Strongwater’s new menu!

And while you’re near downtown….

The Grand Illumination, The Scioto Mile

Event starts at 5 p.m. and lighting is at 6 p.m.

grand illumination

Kick off the holiday season with the Grand Illumination of downtown Columbus as thousands of twinkling lights illuminate the Scioto Mile.
Enjoy a night on the Mile with holiday inspired activities for all ages, and a special appearance by Santa! Support the Empty Bowls project by purchasing a piece of handcrafted pottery, with all proceeds benefiting the Mid-Ohio Foodbank.
Activities begin at 5:00 p.m. with the ceremony beginning at 6:00 p.m. The lights will be viewable nightly, from dusk until dawn, December 4, 2015 through January 10, 2016. Grand Illumination is presented by the Columbus Recreation and Parks Department.
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Head to the Short North next!…

Lindsay Gallery

Ashley Pierce Opening Reception


6-9 p.m.



Columbus artist Ashley Pierce returns with a new body of mixed media works. In addition to her carved and painted wooden panels, she will be showing select ceramic work for the first time.
First glances can be deceiving. Pierce’s imagery may seem to be lighthearted scenes of animals and her signature human-like beings, but there is dark behind the light. She uses the figures to play out mini-dramas that represent different sides of her own personality and her own inner struggles.
Pierce has been pushing herself to do some larger scale work while still retaining the intimacy and introspection she is known for.


From there you can head north for more art!!!

Plein Air Odyssey: New England to New Foundland

Terra Gallery, Dublin


6-8 p.m.


Come out for the opening reception of ‘Plein Air Odyssey: New England to New Foundland’ oil panting exhibition featuring artist, Susi Havens-Bezaire.
Terra Gallery will be featuring many of Susi’s landscape and coastal paintings of Northeast USA and Canada, most of which were painted on location during her second Plein Air Odyssey completed from June to September.
The December exhibition dates run from December 4, 2015 through January 5, 2016
The gallery is widely accessible with free parking on the street and immediately behind the studio.


And, of course, all weekend, Columbus Winterfair will be in full swing.  I will be booth sitting for Teresa Morbitzer, Vintage Vamp, on Friday evening so stop by, buy a gorgeous piece of jewelry and say hi if you’re there!


Friday and Saturday 10 a.m.-7 p.m.

Sunday 11 a.m.-4 p.m.

winter fair

Over 400 artists, artisans and crafters will have their wares this year at Winterfair. Beat the crowd this year! Purchase Winterfair tickets online

Saturday is filled with all kinds of shopping opportunities and fun events that allow you support local AND take home or gift some amazing arts and crafts!


Head over to Bexley

The Bexley Festival of the Arts

Montrose Elementary School

10 a.m.-4 p.m.


The Bexley Festival Of The Arts is an annual celebration of Central Ohio’s richest cultural assets, the artists among us.  This event is hosted by the Montrose PTO and is held at Montrose Elementary School, 2555 East Main Street in Bexley, OH. It will take place this year on Saturday, December 5th, from 10AM-4PM. Artists & Crafters from all over Central Ohio set up shop in the Montrose Gym, transforming Montrose into a cheerful emporium, filled with gifts for that special someone on your holiday list or a lovely addition to your home.

There is also a Kids’ Gift Gallery, where students from Bexley Schools have their arts & crafts on display for sale. It will be open from 10am to 2pm during the Festival Of The Arts.

Along with all the vendors, the Festival Of The Arts offers live performing arts as well. Dance, music and vocalist are some of the entertainment you can expect on the main stage in the gym.



CCAD Winter Art Fair


10 a.m.-2 p.m.


Be part of CCAD semi-annual showcase of artist work by students and alumni! The proceeds support student wellness initiatives and you can go home with something lovely.
9 to 10 a.m. – First Look: $50 per person
Contact Susan Quinlan at or 614.222.3230 to reserve admissions for the First Look.
10 a.m. to 2 p.m. – General Admission: $5 per person available at the door


If you are in Dublin

Jerome Holiday Bazaar

Jerome High School

10 a.m.- 3 p.m.


The annual Jerome PTO Holiday Bazaar will be held on Saturday, December 5, 2015 in the Dublin Jerome High School Commons from 10 am – 3 pm. Do not miss this one stop shopping opportunity for all your holiday gift giving.


If you love honey and Honeyrun Farms products previously featured here!) as much as I do, head to Williamsport

Honeyrun Farm Holiday Open House

Honeyrun Farms 

9 a.m. – 5 p.m.


Jayne and Isaac are opening up their Honey House to shoppers! Although you can still find their items in their roadside farmstand and pay using the honor system, their Holiday Open House will give you a chance to see many of the beeswax candles and specialty items that are not always available in the farmstand. They’ll have hot cider and cookies, Christmas music, and  employee Katie Massie will be here to help you find the perfect gift. Their honey house is the red building at the back of the property. Find more info here:


Or head to Circleville’s Rhoads Garden Center for…


9:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m


Visit the  5th Annual Event promoting Locally Made Gifts, Baked Goods, Body Products, Home Decor & More! Over 30 vendors will be at Rhoads with the best Holiday Shopping Selection around. Don’t Miss This Annual Event!


Head to Short North again on Saturday for a whole lot of shopping and merriness… FIRST…

Holiday Hop Pop Up Shop

Garden Theater

12-9 p.m.

holiday hop

Thirty-plus vendors will be selling a variety of items that are sure to help you finish off your holiday shopping list and, perhaps, pick something up for yourself if you’ve made Santa’s “nice list” this year (or maybe even if you’ve been just a little naughty).

There will be some fun new features this year starting with swag bags filled with handmade goodies given to the first fifty fortunate people through the door. Thanks to sponsor Wholly Craft for supplying the nifty cloth bags for filling and our participating artisans for chipping in items to fill them. Local rescue groups including I Have A Dream, Peace For Paws and the Columbus House Rabbit Society will be on hand throughout the day with adoptable pets and games with a chance to win a handmade prize. A holiday-themed selfie booth complete with props will be available for folks to creatively capture their Holiday Hopping. No shopping trip is complete without a Santa Claus sighting and Old Saint Nick will be taking requests from 12-6 p.m. Stage Left, the bar inside the Garden Theater will feature special (and warm) holiday drinks and seasonal beer from Ohio craft breweries. There’s sure to be something to entertain everyone at the Holiday Hop Pop Up Shop.


And then , of course, there is the annual Holiday Hop!

holiday hop 1

Holiday Hop is a celebrated Columbus tradition and the biggest Gallery Hop of the year. See new art exhibitions in the District’s galleries, vote for your favorite window display, and grab a drink and bite to eat while you’re out under the glittering arches. Don’t miss the Holiday Hop Pop Up Shop craft fair at The Garden Theater and outdoor performers and artists from 12:00pm to 9:00pm.
The event is free and open to the public. More information is available here:
Holiday programming in the Short North Arts District is sponsored by the Short North Alliance, Greater Columbus Arts Council, and Donatos Pizza.

And, as part of this event, there will be several opening receptions at galleries throughout the area.  To name a few…

Chad Cochran: the art of deception

Stone Village Gallery

5-8 p.m.


Chad Cochran will once again be featured at Stone Village and  brings “the art of deception” for gallery hop. Saturday, December 5th, from 5-8pm. Come and see Chad’s vintage houses, go for walks and visit new places. There will also be matted and sleeved photos, along with some other surprises, which will be available for immediate purchase.

Dana Lynn Harper: Sweet Spot

Sean Christopher Gallery

6- 10 p.m.


Opening Reception – Saturday evening, December 5, 2015, 6-10 pm (admission free).  featured artist, Dana Lynn Harper
“Sweet Spot”, Harper’s solo exhibition of mixed media sculpture and installation art continues thru January 30, 2016 during regular gallery hours. An additional monthly “Gallery Hop” Reception will be offered on January 2, 6-10pm.
Regular Gallery Hours: W-F 3:30-5:30pm, non-Hop Sats 1:30-3:30pm, and M-Sun by Appointment; 815 N High St, Suites H & N; 614-291-5890.


And, as if that is not enough!!!! You can head to Delaware on Sunday

Holiday Bazaar

All Life Community for Integrative Well Being

123 Hyatts Rd, Delaware
1-5 p.m.
holiday bazaar

Come out for some holiday fun! Meet members, learn about their practices and get a chance to purchase art, jewelry, food and herbs, all made by members and partners!

OR…go to Olde Town East for…

Roger Williams Annual Studio Open House

108 S 18th St.


10 a.m.-6 p.m.




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