North Park's Low Gallery is small, but Meegan Nolan, the artist and curator who runs the creative side of the business, isn't letting size matter. She's gearing up for a jam-packed next few weeks and, come September—somewhere in between her numerous upcoming events—celebrating the gallery's first anniversary.
The first event on Nolan's plate is Stir, an art-and-sound showcase happening from 6 to 10 p.m. Friday, Aug. 29, at Planet Rooth Design Haus (3334 Fifth Ave. in Bankers Hill). The show will feature new works by San Diegans like Joshua Krause, Jason Sherry, Doris Bittar, Joe Yorty, Becky Guttin, Eric Wixon, Pamela Jaeger, Brian Dombrowsky, Anna Stump and Daphne Hill.
Gustaf Rooth—the guy behind Planet Rooth and Barrelly Made It, the handmade-furniture company that shares the space—has been trying to reactivate the gallery side of his building since he moved from North Park's Ray Street to Bankers Hill almost five years ago. He's gotten too busy with his furniture business, though, and, so far, hasn't been able to find the right curator to help. But, he says, the new partnership with Low Gallery, which he hopes will be ongoing, is the best fit yet.
Nolan has two openings at Low Gallery in September—Tijuana artist Toni Larios on Sept. 5 and Minnesota artist Jennifer Davis on Sept. 20—and she's also helping organize San Diego's first-ever Monster Drawing Rally event at San Diego Art Institute in Balboa Park on Sept. 13. But she says that collaborating with outside venues is a way to expand her reach. She's long wanted to show bigger, more diverse art, and she aims to help connect San Diego's art scene by bringing together different audiences and artists.
"That's why I kind of have my hands in every pot right now," Nolan says. "I'm trying to knock all the things I want to do off my list."