If you’re seeking art and entertainment in Columbus, Ohio, you’ll be standing on High Street, the main artery of culture in the city. The street pulses through downtown, the artsy Short North district, Ohio State University’s (OSU) large urban campus and historic German Village. Each of these neighborhoods is pedestrian-friendly and full of surprises, morning and night.
In German Village you can spend time observing and sketching in Schiller Park or wandering the cobblestone streets. While you’re there, stop into The Book Loft, a cozy labyrinth of unique topics that also includes a substantial art section.
An afternoon at the Wexner Center for the Arts on OSU’s campus can easily turn into a night. The Wexner showcases notable exhibitions such as its current, “Catch Air: Robin Rhode,” featuring the African artist’s performance art, drawing, photography, animation and film (April 2 through July 26). And at night, the center produces eclectic performances and musical concerts. In the Discovery District near downtown, another afternoon must-do is a tour of the Columbus Museum of Art, with feature exhibitions and collection highlights from Monet, O’Keeffe, Hopper and Columbus native George Bellows.
North on High Street, the Short North Arts District hosts some of the best galleries and restaurants in the city; Roy G. Biv, Rebecca Ibel, Gallery V, Mahan, Sherrie Galleries and others feature work by emerging, international and local artists. The Gallery Hop (first Saturday of every month) is the best way to explore the neighborhood. Have dinner at Betty’s, which serves comfort to fusion cuisines and stellar microbrews with funky vintage pin-up décor, or end your day at a swanky table at Rosendale’s, and you’ll want to stay for another.
Pictured, top: The Umbrella Girl in German Village’s Schiller Park provides plenty of sketching material. Photo: Larry Hamill. Photos courtesy of Experience Columbus.
Bottom, left: Short North Arts District. Photo: Randall Lee Schieber
Bottom, right: Columbus Museum of Art. Photo: Randall L. Schieber