If NICHOLAS GALLERY (23 E. Court St., Downtown) hasn't been on your gallery hop route yet, it's time to revise your map. Barely six months old, this young gallery has been impressive thus far, offering consistent yet varied programming. If you missed the recent Final Friday opening, stop in to view the work of Columbus native JEREMY NICHOLS in Natural Material Selection. Nichols is a printmaker and a graffiti artist who fuses the two forms on rolls of wallpaper and canvas. Using spray paint, inks and found material, his landscapes, which can seem visually pleasing, actually project the truth of a polluted, destroyed environment that humans have created through everyday use and mass consumption. Sobering? Probably, but definitely worth seeing. Closing reception: 7-9 p.m. July 23.
While downtown, make at stop at UNIVERSITY GALLERIES ON SYCAMORE (628 Sycamore St.) and see three years of art in one exhibition.
If NICHOLAS GALLERY (23 E. Court St., Downtown) hasn't been on your gallery hop route yet, it's time to revise your map. Barely six months old, this young gallery has been impressive thus far, offering consistent yet varied programming.
While downtown, make at stop at UNIVERSITY GALLERIES ON SYCAMORE (628 Sycamore St.) and see three years of art in one exhibition. The SOS Art Retrospective captures the work of more than 50 regional artists who have exhibited work in the SOS Art event, an annual art show and event of sociopolitical expression for peace and justice. The exhibition offers a wide array of media, including prints, photographs, digital art, metal sculpture, ceramic, stone, installation pieces and many more. You don't often get a chance to see (or re-visit) several years' worth of art, so make sure to take a look. You won't be disappointed. Through Sept. 8. ...
You only have to travel as far as downtown Cincinnati to see China: The TAFT MUSUEM OF ART (316 Pike St.) offers a personal guidebook when they present the Chinese Culture Fair in conjunction with the newest exhibition, Dark Jewels: Chinese Black and Brown Ceramics from the Shatzman Collection. In addition, visitors will also be able to view the Taft's own collection of Chinese porcelain. The culture fair offers the chance to see the elegant and beautiful fan dance, see a lion dance in the garden or a martial arts master in action, sample food from Pacific Moon restaurant, witness paper-cutting and knot-tying demonstrations and much more. (Be sure to catch a demonstration by I-Chih Wang, a Tai Chi master.) Don't miss your chance for a peek into this intriguing exhibition and its culture. Events are free 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday. ...
Artists take note: BASE GALLERY (1225 Main St., Over-the-Rhine), a nonprofit artist-run gallery, seeks 10 new artists for membership in the cooperative. The gallery offers five gallery spaces and three large storefront window exhibition spaces. Base Gallery also offers 12 new shows per year, and as a part of the cooperative, artists' network together as co-owners of the gallery space on behalf of each other's work. Interested artists should submit 15 photos or examples of their work along with biography, artist history and contact information. Upcoming reviews of work will take place Aug. 2 and Oct. 4. For additional information and membership fees, contact Gallery Director Tom Weast at email@example.com.
Currently on view at the 537 GALLERY (537 E. Pete Rose Way, Downtown) is The Real & The Abstract, featuring artists CHRIS FELIX, KIM SHIFFLETT, DAN MUELLER and JESSICA BECHTEL. The flow of movement and thought within both Shifflett and Bechtel's work carries with it a very similar synergy; a truthful emotion radiates on the surface of their work. Yet the flow of the exhibition is shaken up a bit when you encounter Mueller's stunning glass works and Felix's paintings. Mueller's glasswork is a great dichotomy; while viewing each piece it's impossible not to notice the fluidity of lines and color mixed with the rigid and visible weight each piece contains. Felix's work seems to be conceived in abstract thought and translated into semi-objective reality. Continues through July 21. (Jacquelyn Vaughn) Grade: B+