After 36 years, Sherrie Gallery in the North Court will close on July 30

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After 36 years of running a gallery in the Short North, Sherrie Hawk is closing shop. When its lease ends on July 30, Sherrie Gallerie, 694 N. High St. — a contemporary gallery specializing in ceramics, glass and fine art and three-dimensional art jewelry — will close its doors.

Hawk, 62, said her decision to close is partly because she’s moving her elderly mother to Florida and partly because a building will be built in the parking lot behind her gallery and “I didn’t want to deal this side”.

“It has nothing to do with the rent. The Wood Companies (its owner) have been great and have always supported Short North Galleries.

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Hawk plans to take a brief hiatus from the art scene and then return as a freelance curator — with several jobs already lined up with area museums. She will continue to represent and champion artists, including jeweler Marilyn Parker and pencil artist Christian Faur.

“Everything has changed, and sometimes I think the gallery model needs to change,” Hawk said. “I want to be more fluid, more present in the community, organize exhibitions, do pop-up exhibitions, maybe do artist tours.”

Hawk began gallery work with the Riley Hawk Gallery, devoted to glass art and sculpture, which opened in 1986 in the Short North. Hawk was married and divorced from Tom Hawk, owner of Hawk Galleries in downtown Columbus. In 2004, Sherrie Hawk opened Sherrie Gallerie, specializing in contemporary art and fine jewelry.

“She has a great eye. I always recommend people who are particularly interested in three-dimensional art to go to Sherrie Gallerie,” said Michelle Brandt, owner of Brandt-Roberts Galleries in Short North.

A few years ago, Brandt was a graduate student writing an article about Short North gallery owners and approached Hawk for an interview.

“She was open and supportive of me, a student,” Brandt said.

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Hawk became a friend and mentor to Brandt, who would eventually own his own gallery.

“Sherrie is an excellent example of a gallery owner. She’s been doing it for a long time and doing it very well,” Brandt said. “But there aren’t many of us – maybe a dozen in the Short North – so when you lose one you lose a lot. I’m glad she made her decision personally, but I’m sad for the Short North.

In addition to the Brandt-Roberts Galleries, the remaining Short North Galleries include, among others, Emergent Art & Craft, Hammond Harkins Galleries, Lindsay Gallery, Marcia Evans Gallery, Sean Christopher Gallery, Sharon Weiss Gallery and Studios on High Gallery. The Sarah Gormley Gallery recently announced plans to move to downtown Columbus.

Marcia Evans, who like Hawk has worked in the gallery business for 36 years (16 of them in the Short North), said she wished Hawk “the best… She will be missed but not forgotten”.

Brandt said she believes the Short North gallery scene will remain strong and is bolstered by a vigorous art scene throughout Columbus.

“I’m a big believer in the arts being big in the city rather than concentrated in one neighborhood,” Brandt said, mentioning Franklinton’s art scene in particular.

Hawk said she thinks the Short North gallery scene remains strong.

“We have some really good galleries in the Short North,” she said. “When I go to other cities and look at their art districts, I don’t see anything as good as the Short North.”

Hawk said she would keep her website (www.sherriegallerie.com).

“My biggest feeling is to say thank you,” Hawk said. “I am extremely grateful for this lucky run and especially to the artists and people who have supported the gallery.”

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