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Gallery Hop Goes Virtual To Celebrate Art & Support Local Businesses During Covid-19
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Left to right from top to bottom: KaTanya Ingram / Molly Burke, Sherrie Gallerie / 
James Young, Sarah Gormley Gallery / Scott Hunter, Marcia Evans Gallery

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
March 30, 2020

Short North Alliance
886 N. High St, 4th Floor
Columbus, OH 43215
www.shortnorth.org

Media Contact
Betsy A. Pandora, MCRP
Executive Director
614.299.8050
info@shortnorth.org

GALLERY HOP GOES VIRTUAL TO CELEBRATE ART & SUPPORT LOCAL BUSINESSES DURING COVID-19

Short North Arts District galleries, retailers and performers will showcase via Instagram on April 4

COLUMBUS, OH (MARCH 30, 2020) -- The Short North Arts District April Gallery Hop will be held virtually via Instagram on Saturday, April 4 at 4 p.m. Viewers can tune in to “Columbus’ favorite night of the month to celebrate art” by following @ShortNorthArtsDistrict on Instagram. Virtual Gallery Hop participants will include Short North Arts District galleries, local retailers, as well as special performances from some of Gallery Hop’s favorite performers.

Gallery Hop, which is traditionally celebrated with new gallery exhibitions, artist talks, live art demonstrations, artisan street vendors, street performers, and more from local businesses, will still maintain many of the event’s key components as it goes virtual. Art lovers will get to view the latest works and exhibitions, and learn more about the artists currently being featured at Short North galleries. Local retailers will feature first looks at new spring styles, product demos, and try-ons. Many galleries and boutiques will offer the ability to inquire and purchase art and goods directly online.

The April Virtual Gallery Hop will highlight some of Gallery Hop’s star performers, including KaTanya Ingram, Scottie G, Terrance Charles, and more. Viewers can also catch the Stay Away From Each Other Get Together Car "Parade", put on by the Short North Civic Association and Mz. Doo Dah, which will make its way through the District starting at 1pm.

“The majority of Ohioans will be confined to their homes during what would have been the April Gallery Hop, but the need to experience art, embrace community, and support local businesses is crucial now more than ever,” said Betsy Pandora, Executive Director of the Short North Alliance. “A Virtual Gallery Hop will allow viewers to do just that, but safely from the comfort of their own homes.”

Virtual Gallery Hop participants include local galleries Brandt-Roberts Galleries, Hammond Harkins Galleries, Lindsay Gallery, Marcia Evans Gallery, (Not) Sheep Gallery, Sarah Gormley Gallery, Sean Christopher Gallery Ohio, Sharon Weiss Gallery, Found at Sharon Weiss Gallery, 24 Lincoln Street Studios, Sherrie Gallerie, and Studios on High Gallery. Retailer participants include Clover On High, Glean, Global Gifts, Happy Go Lucky, Jolie Occasions, Magnolia Thunderpussy, Prologue Bookshop, Red Giraffe Designs, Rowe Boutique, Small Talk, Sole Classics, Tigertree, Vamp, with more to join.

For more information on how to support local Short North Arts District galleries, retailers and restaurants during Covid-19, visit www.shortnorth.org/supportsnad.

About Gallery Hop
On the first Saturday of every month, thousands of visitors converge on High Street in the Short North Arts District for Gallery Hop to celebrate art at Gallery Hop. Throughout the evening, Gallery Hoppers can enjoy new gallery exhibitions, street performers and artisan vendors, special events, food and drinks throughout the District. With dozens of galleries and non-traditional exhibit spaces, it’s Columbus’ favorite night of the month to celebrate art. Though many shops and galleries are open earlier, Gallery Hop officially starts at 4p.m. and runs to 9p.m., with restaurants and bars staying open considerably later. Due to COVID-19, the April Gallery Hop will be hosted virtually via @ShortNorthArtsDistrict on Instagram.

About the Short North Arts District
The Short North Arts District is the most vibrant spot in the City of Columbus, and is home to more than 300 exciting businesses, the majority of which are locally-owned or headquartered. It has received numerous national accolades, is considered a model for urban revitalization, and is known as the art and soul of Columbus. The Short North Alliance (SNA) is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization serving both the property owners and business owners of the Short North Arts District. For more information, visit www.shortnorth.org.
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