Feb. 10 2015 11:05 AM

Art space leaves North Park in search of cheaper rent and fewer football fans

Meegan Nolan inside her new Barrio Logan location
Photo by Kinsee Morlan

Low Gallery is joining the ranks of art spaces that are moving to more-affordable Barrio Logan.

Located in a small retail space on 30th Street in North Park for a little less than a year-and-a-half, the contemporary-art space is setting up shop at 1878 Main St. inside an old building accessible through an alleyway off Cesar E. Chavez Parkway. The building is the former home of The Roots Factory, which has set up its art and screen-printing studio at Bread & Salt in Logan Heights. The next show at Low Gallery's new location will be held on Feb. 28, during the monthly Barrio Art Crawl.

Meegan Nolan, who runs the gallery with partner Doug Trieschman, says the move is partly financial and partly a response to changing demographics.

"We wanted a bigger space and cheaper rent," Nolan says. "And I like what's going on in [Barrio Logan]. It seems like North Park just keeps on getting more and more beer bars…. It's just, like, the football-watching neighborhood. That's how it started to feel, anyway. A lot of the art stuff has been moving out."

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