Shift your focus to Columbus’s budding art scene for a day, but first start off at Skillet, a boite-size German Village joint known for its locally sourced, Southern-style grub (think biscuits and gravy and hearty hashes). Afterward, swing by Keny Galleries, which has an impressive collection of American art, including works by nationally recognized Ohio artists George Bellows, Edward Henry Potthast, and William Sommer. Next, make your way to the Short North, the city’s designated arts district and the setting for the "Mini-Mural" project, a series of ten works that have been photographed, printed onto vinyl, and installed on the sides of buildings. The Pizzuti Collection, scheduled to open in its permanent Short North home this fall, is the city’s most significant new art development and a must-see for its selection of contemporary works. If it’s not open yet, try the Lindsay Gallery for outsider and folk art and Roy G Biv, which showcases emerging artists, many from Ohio. Nearby you’ll find a handful of indie boutiques, including Milk Bar, which sells custom-painted motorcycle helmets and artsy tees, and Tigertree, which stocks clothing by Dear Creatures and quirky tabletop items like Areaware ceramic cargo containers ($30). Make a pit stop at Jeni’s Ice Cream for a quick sugar fix (try the Yazoo Sue, a new flavor that marries cherry-wood smoked porter and rosemary bar nuts), before heading to the Wexner Center ($5), a one-exhibition gallery currently showing a 156-piece Annie Leibovitz retrospective (through December 30). After an hour or two there, line up for wood-smoked brisket, collard greens, and macaroni and cheese at Ray Ray’s Hog Pit (2619 High St.; 614-753-1191), a pair of food trucks with a permanent location in the parking lot at the Ace of Cups. End the night at the Brothers Drake, a meadery-cum-bar with winelike meads made from local honey, mead-infused cocktails, live music, and a rotating art collection (currently on display: Dungeons & Dragonslike paintings by W. Ralph Waters).
5. Oddball Day
Published on Oct 19, 2012 as a web exclusive.