There's a new art gallery in town and you'll find it in the Cahuenga Corridor.
Owner Sarah Gough has created an open and inviting space to see and experience art at PROJECT Gallery + Espresso.
The first exhibit, which features the work of Zio Ziegler, is a colorful collection that mixes classical and abstract with texture and patterns.
Gough recently shared with Patch her vision for the new art gallery.
Hollywood Patch: Art displays are usually an element of a coffee shop, but not usually a major influence in the name or concept. Explain your idea behind PROJECT Gallery + Espresso.
Gough: I wanted the focus of the space to be on the art. It will function as an art gallery with new artists and openings every four to five weeks. The espresso bar is the bonus. I love going to gallery openings, but on a regular day the energy can be lost so I wanted to make a space where people can see amazing art and they want to stay for awhile and experience it. I also want to open up the space for other events as well and tie it in with art. Maybe a book signing on a Sunday afternoon? Or a record launch? The possibilites could be endless.
Patch: Share with us your background in art and how it influences the exhibits you will curate in the space.
Gough: My art background is in graphic design, my passion is art. I worked in some galleries around L.A. and just fell in love with the scene. I used to be an event planner and have a degree in Marketing as well, so I feel that they all combine to help create a wonderful space.
Patch: There are plenty of spaces around L.A. where you could choose to open a new gallery. What drew you to the Cahuenga Corridor?
Gough: The people and I love the energy in this area. Hotel Cafe is just down the street, Space 1520, too, plus all the cool restaurants and nightlife. I really fell in love with the space though—the brick wall, concrete floors, big open window—it all just felt right. There is nothing really like this here either. This area has a little grittiness still, and I think it is so cool to be here.
PROJECT Gallery + Espresso at 1553 N. Cahuenga Blvd. is open Tuesday-Friday 11 a.m. - 5 p.m. and Sundays 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. (Expect hours to change once the espresso bar is open.)