One Hip Hop

Sparx annual gallery tour adds a new downtown stop.

With more art galleries popping up in the Galleria these days, this weekend's Sparx Gallery Hop has added the downtown shopping complex to its fourth annual tour of local art spots.

In total, 80 different art venues are included on the Lolly the Trolley-guided Hop. Jazz bands, dance troupes, and jugglers perform on the sidewalk along the route. And you'll have the opportunity to purchase paintings, sculptures, and other works by more than 500 local artists, many of whom greet patrons at the galleries. "How many times do you get to go inside these studios of working artists?" asks tour founder Susie Frazier Mueller. "People can see where they can buy fine art throughout the year."

The Hop starts at the Galleria (which includes Gallery 324 and the Frame Center Gallery, as well as the inaugural Greater Cleveland Art & Gallery Festival), then heads to Little Italy and University Circle for Sobello Design Studio, Ann Van H Boutique, and Artists Archive of the Western Reserve. After that, it's off to Tremont, with stops at the Azure Stained Glass Gallery, Piccadilly's Fine Art, and the Jeff Chiplis Studio. Finally, a swing through the Superior Corridor features the Neopolis, Artefino, and Studio of 5 Rings galleries. Hoppin' happens from 1 to 7 p.m. today and 1 to 5 p.m. tomorrow. You can catch a ride on Lolly the Trolley on Murray Hill Road (between Mayfield and Cornell roads), Superior Avenue (between East 18th and East 27th streets), Professor Avenue (between Starkweather and Literary avenues), and the Galleria (at East Ninth Street and St. Clair Avenue).
Sat., Sept. 16, 1-7 p.m.; Sun., Sept. 17, 1-5 p.m.