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10 Art Galleries Located Off The Beaten Path

Walker Evans Walker Evans
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The Short North is the official “Arts District” in Columbus, and is home to the highest concentration of art gallery spaces in any of our neighborhoods. The area is a huge asset to the local arts community, and while Gallery Hop (which took place last weekend) always draws out huge crowds, many local art aficionados prefer something a little more low-key. For those seeking something a little different, we’ve compiled a list of 10 great art gallery spaces “off the beaten path”. Some of these galleries are well known, while others may be flying below your current radar… but all 10 of them are located outside of the Short North Arts District, and are still worth a visit.

Lyle Gallery – This Downtown gallery is tucked away on a tree-lined residential section of East Town Street, just outside the workday bustle of capital square. The Lyle, which opened in 2007, is housed on the ground and basement floors of a beautiful historic home.

Hawk Galleries – The Hawk Galleries reside in the heart of Downtown, at the corner of Main and Fourth Streets. Their exhibits showcase glass, metal and wood sculpture from a variety of modern artists including Franklin Park favorite, Dale Chihuly.

Caterina – The main floor of Caterina boasts a variety of European housewares, but the third floor in the building is home to “Gallery Three”, a space reserved for featured local artists. This gallery can be found on Third Street in German Village.

Clayspace – Clayspace is located on South Front Street in the Brewery District and serves as both a classroom space as well as a gallery space. Their focus is on clay pottery and sculpture, but their gallery showcases a variety of styles of work.

Chop Chop – Located on the busy strip of Parsons that runs through Olde Towne East, Chop Chop is home to not only a gallery space for shows, but also a store space, work space, and a design and manufacturing facility for larger industrial arts projects.

CCAD Canzani Center Gallery – The Columbus College of Art and Design is a very well known college throughout the region, but their student exhibition space in the Canzani Center is often overlooked as a space to view the work of many talented emerging artists.

Fresh AIR Gallery‎ – This gallery is located on High Street in the heart of Downtown, as a part of the Southeast Health Care Services. Fresh AIR features work from artists who have a mental illness or are in the recovery process from a substance abuse disorder.

OSU Urban Arts Space‎ – It’s hard to imagine anything related to OSU being “off the beaten path” but the new Urban Arts Space is tucked away inside the Lazarus building Downtown. Exhibitions include work from students and faculty, as well as other special events.

The Shelf – The Shelf is located Downtown on the 4th floor at 57 East Gay Street. Their gallery space hosts regular exhibitions, artistic performances and workshops. The building includes artist living spaces as well.

A Muse Gallery – A Muse is located on Third Avenue near Grandview. It was opened by Caren Peterson in 1998, and a second location was opened in Taos, New Mexico last year. Their gallery features a mix of established artists and lesser-known artists with an emphasis on knowlegable collecting.

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