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Short North Neighborhood Events/News • May/June 2016
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Start the Gallery Hop at the Elevator Brewery
The Elevator Brewery taproom located in an industrial space downtown at 171 N. Fourth St. is now exhibiting pop-up art shows during Gallery Hop the first Saturday of every month. The space, 13th Floor Taproom, launched its first pop-up show on May 7 with the paintings of Steven Fisher. If you’re interested in submitting artwork for consideration, email email@example.com
Hubbard Mastery School Bazaar/June 4 Yardsale
The Hubbard Mastery School will be hosting a bazaar during the Short North Yard Sale on Saturday, June 4. The school, located at 104 W. Hubbard Avenue, will open its door and playground area to vendors and yard-salers who need a space to sell their wares during the neighborhood sale, which takes place 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., rain or shine, throughout the Short North. Booth fees at the school are $40, paid in advance, with proceeds benefiting the school PTO. Vendors are expected to bring their own tables, chairs, set up and display items. A tent is permitted. Visit FriendsofHubbard.org for more information about the bazaar. See shortnorthcivic.org to register for the yard sale, or see the events section of this paper on pages 26-27. The school will also be holding a Shoe Drive. Donate shoes in any condition as long as they’re a pair. Funds2Orgs will then send wearable shoes to people in 26 developing countries to promote micro-enterprises. Shoes in poor condition will be broken down and used to make other products. And don’t forget, parking is available at the school during Pride Festival and Comfest for $20.
‘Gallerage’ on Goodale Supports Public Art
A 800-space parking garage on E. Goodale Street behind Black Point Restaurant on the Cap in the Short North has been open to the public since March 31 and is operating 24 hours a day. Publicized as a state-of-the-art facility, the garage was designed by NBBJ architects, the firm in charge of the Columbus Metropolitan Library’s Northside Branch restructuring and other award-winning projects, making it a step above the rest. The eight-level garage replaces a 192-space surface lot and will eventually include a skybridge to the Greater Columbus Convention Center across the street, similar to the one connecting the center to the Hilton. NBBJ took a unique approach to this project by incorporating commissioned artwork. Each of the levels includes its own “Art Park” creation near the exit, featuring work in either handmade tile, glass, mosaic or graffiti art, as well as some artwork digitally reproduced onto tiles. In addition, LED lighting attractively illuminates the exterior.
The Franklin County Convention Facilties Authority owns the garage and managed to construct it at no cost to taxpayers. The FCCFA deserves praise for bringing the project to fruition and for providing drivers to the Short North with a distinctive parking destination. Prepayment is available online through Parking Panda and other reservation programs. - Margaret Marten
Wheeler Dog Park Opens
The Columbus Recreation and Parks Department opened half of Wheeler Dog Park on May 9. The park, located at 725 Thurber Dr. W. behind Giant Eagle, was closed in January to preserve the turf for future grass growth. The city will rotate the open area every 30 days in order to preserve the grass, otherwise the ground becomes barren and muddy and hazardous in wet weather. The 4-acre lot is small enough and popular enough to experience unusually high usage for such a small area. It is the first dog park in the city to be entirely closed for reseeding.
COTA Route Between Downtown and Airport
Central Ohio Transit Authority (COTA) now offers direct bus service between downtown and the Port Columbus International Airport seven days a week. COTA AirConnect, implemented May 2, 2016, provides designated stops downtown and at the airport every 30 minutes between 6 a.m. and 9 p.m. with a focus on servicing hotels and the convention center. These buses are specifically branded so passengers can easily recognize them and feature luggage racks and USB charging ports. A one-way COTA AirConnect trip costs $2.75. Tickets can be purchased at COTA ticket vending machines downtown and at the COTA shelter on the Arrivals level at the airport. Passengers may also pay with exact change when boarding the bus. For more information visit COTA.com/AirConnect.
Grant applications due June 6
As part of its continuing mission to support advancements in the Short North, the Short North Foundation is now accepting requests for grants between $500 and $2,500 from area organizations with projects taking place in or around the neighborhood. Specifically, the Foundation seeks projects and programs that benefit Short North area residents, unite Short North neighborhoods, and incorporate or preserve public works of art and architecture. The deadline to submit a grant proposal is Monday, June 6, 2016 at 5 p.m. Projects requiring multiple-year funding will be considered. Past projects that have been funded by the Foundation include the Harrison West Jazz Stage, Goodale Park Music Series, Screen on the Green movie series in Goodale Park, Harrison Park Art Awards, tree plaques in Goodale Park, flowerbeds in Italian Village Park, Columbus Art Walks, Gate restoration in Goodale Park, and the Columbus International Film & Video Festival. Grant guidelines and an application form are available at shortnorthfoundation.org
Lynda McClanahan, one of the artists participating in the Columbus Museum of Art exhibit Art 360: Contemporary Art Hatching Across Ohio, holding her creation, Ladies Choice. Forty-eight artists have each transformed an ostrich egg into art for the show. Others egg artists are Cody Heichel (see his current Brandt-Roberts Galleries show Avenues and Alleyways) and Matt Kish who wrote the Moby-Dick picture book we reviewed last issue. The exhibit is curated by Charles Bluestone and runs through mid-August at the museum. See a review by Ann Starr (her final post to her blog) at starr-review.blogspot.com. Thank you, Ann, for five years of insightful and delightful commentary. - MM
What the Rock?! On Tour: Shop Will Host Pop-Ups
Attention! While What the Rock?! is on tour, our brick and mortar storefront will be taken over by some cool people for rockin’ Pop-Ups! Local freelance film critic Melissa Starker brings you “Watch the Rock!,” a music-fueled pop-up mystery cinema Fridays and Saturday nights in May at What the Rock?! “Rockin’ cult classic? Pop star vehicle? Awesome concert doc? The only way to know is to be there!” Then in June, we host Oldmanwithers Pop-Up shop. Lindsay will have a great selection of handmade jewelry, photography prints, original artwork and taxidermy for sale. We are super excited to bring you something different while we’re away. Please check back for specific hours of operation for both the cinema and pop-up. Thank you! - Mike and Heather
What the Rock?!, a Rock and Roll boutique is located at 1194 N. High St. Visit www.whattherock.com and Facebook
Art Walks and Landmark Talks
The fourth year of Art Walks and Landmark Talks, a collaboration of the Landmarks Foundation and Columbus Public Health, begins in May. Free hour-long tours are led by expert historians and guides exploring the art, history and architecture of Columbus neighborhoods. This year’s line-up includes 21 walks, kicking off on Monday, May 2 with the Discovery District Art Walk at the Columbus Museum of Art.
Art Walks are offered on scheduled Mondays from 7 to 8 p.m. Rain dates are the following Sundays at 7 p.m.
May 2: Discovery District - Columbus Museum of Art, 480 E. Broad St.
May 9: Franklinton - Genoa Park – COSI, 303 W. Broad St.
May 16: Arena District - North Market, 59 Spruce St.
May 23: Near East - Columbus Public Health, 240 Parsons Ave.
June 6: Highland West - St. Aloysius Church, 2165 W. Broad St.
June 13: German Village - Livingston Ave. UMC, 200 E. Livingston Ave.
June 20: Merion Village - St. Leo’s Church, 221 Hanford St.
June 27: Clintonville - North Broadway UMC, 32 E. North Broadway
July 11: Short North - Wonder Bread Sign, 728 Hamlet St.
July 18: University District - Ohio Stadium, 411 Woody Hayes Dr.
July 25: Capitol Square - Central Presbyterian Church, 132 S. Third St.
Aug 1: Brewery District - King Gambrinus Statue, Near 585 S. Front St.
Aug 8: River South - Cultural Arts Center, 139 W. Main St.
Aug 15: Near South - Driving Park Library, 1442 Livingston Ave.
Aug 22: Arena District II - Arch Park, Nationwide Blvd.
Aug 29: Near East II - Lincoln Theatre, 769 E. Long St.
Sept 12: Short North II - Goodale Park Elephant Fountain, 120 Goodale Blvd.
Sept 19: Merion Village II - Barrett Middle School, Deshler and Bruck avenues
Sept 26: German Village II - Schiller Statue, Schiller Park
Oct 3: Clintonville II - Indianola Alternative School, 251 E. Weber Rd.
Oct 10: Franklinton II - Harrison House, 570 W. Broad St.
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