PM Gallery at 1190 N. High Street in the Short North Arts District.

The Short North Is Losing Yet Another Iconic Gallery

One of the founding galleries of Gallery Hop is closing after nearly four decades.

Maria Galloway and Michael Secrest leased a gallery at Buttles and High for $100/month in January of 1980. After months of renovations (and their own blood, sweat, and tears) PM Gallery opened. The Short North as we see it today was still a dream, but with business owners like Maria and Michael, it was closer to becoming a reality.

Just four years later, the couple helped launch The Gallery Hop and it’s been going on the first Saturday of every month since. The gallery has moved locations since then, but it has always retained that same spirit that Maria and Michael put into it at the very beginning.

PM Gallery at 1190 N. High Street in the Short North Arts District.

“We have been in the Short North for 38 years. In that time we have seen so many changes, so many wonderful artists, so many wonderful customers,” said the pair in a statement on their website. “We always hoped we would know when it was time, and now it is. ”

The couple will be retiring to Florida, but they will still keep their business open online. According to a report by 614 Now, the reason for the closure is a mix of economic challenges, neighborhood changes, and personal issues.

It’s no secret that the Short North is in the middle of a transition right now. Several prominent local businesses have left or are planning to leave the neighborhood, many of them being the ones who transformed the area in the first place.

Although it’s sad to see such an icon leave the Short North, Michael and Maria are taking it all in stride.

“It is with a touch of sadness that we make this transition, but relief and gratitude as well. We have left the Short North better than we found it, and gained so many friends along the way,” said a statement on their website. “We have witnessed a rebirth of a city, often led by the arts in many guises. There are so many passionate people here, fighting for a better place to live, work and play.”

The gallery is currently running a retirement sale, offering 10% off everything (excluding fine art and consignment) and with select sales from 20-50% off. PM Gallery is located at 1190 N. High St. They are open Tuesday through Saturday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday from 12 p.m. to 5 p.m.

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