In the art district of Short North is a funky art gallery and vintage toy shop, Rivet, which specializes in Pop Art. This gallery is a breath of fresh air after touring Short North’s high-end galleries on the famous Gallery Hop path. Quirky toys and artwork, from limited edition “dunnies” to comical pop-culture inspired portraiture, characterize this relaxed gallery. Underground artists showcase their work once a month, and they sell apparel and accessories in addition to prints, toy, and comic books.
1200 N. High St, Columbus, OH, (614) 294-8697
Wexner Center for the Arts
The Wexner Center for the Arts, affectionately termed the “Wex,” is a multi-functional arts space on the Ohio State campus. This geometric, minimalist structure houses a rotating list of exhibitions, which often feature a Q&A session with the curators. The Wex also hosts music, performing arts, and a superb Film and Video series that runs year-round and screens independent films. Aspiring filmmakers can also apply for the Film/Video Program, which includes the use of the Wex’s filming technology and instruction from staff.
1871 N. High St, Columbus, OH, (614) 292-3535
For any history buff, the Kelton House is a must-see in Columbus’s historic district. Built by Fernando Kelton and his wife Sophia in 1852, this beautiful Victorian home was rendered in Greek revival and Italianate styles. The Keltons were avid abolitionists who harbored runaway slaves, and their home became a critical stopping-point on the Underground Railroad. Today, the Kelton House is a museum that features tours by costumed guides (one of them portraying Sophia herself) that illustrate the history of the home. After the tour, take a walk in the ambling gardens, or have afternoon tea in Victorian style.
585 E. Town St, Columbus, OH, (614) 464-2022
The Sherrie Gallery in Short North is a cozy space that specializes in contemporary glass, ceramic, and three-dimensional art. Exhibitions rotate seasonally, and the shop offers hand-crafted jewelry and home decorations that are unique to this local gallery. Sherrie is defined by provocative and unusual works that draw people in from the street and attract tourists from all over the country. This spot is a must while touring galleries in the arts district and for art lovers everywhere.
694 N. High St, Columbus, OH, (614) 221-8580