Gallery owner Frank Rose was still waiting on the city to determine how many people could be in his new space at one time. With less than two weeks before his scheduled grand opening of Hecho Gallery, he was feeling the pressure.
Artworks leaned against walls, waiting to be mounted. Empty pedestals filled the interior, soon to serve as bases for three-dimensional works. His small office is at the back of the gallery, where a surreal mixed-media collage by artist and 516 Arts director Suzanne Sbarge hangs above his desk, but the walls of the office are still mostly bare. It’s where Rose, 41, keeps works from his private collection. A big leather recliner with a separate footrest provides a comfortable spot for guests.
On Friday, April 1, visitors to Hecho Gallery, Rose’s second gallery space in town, will walk into an exhibit of works by local artists Terran Last Gun, Kat Kinnick, and Daniel McCoy and Oaxacan artists Alberto Cruz and Alfonso Barrera. All of these artists have shown their work in Hecho’s sister gallery, Hecho a Mano, on Canyon Road.
But at 2,200 square feet, the new space at 129 W. Palace Ave. is much larger than the space on Canyon (about 500 square feet). That means that Rose can show different kinds of works, even by some of the same artists. Hecho a Mano’s focus is on works on paper, particularly prints. Hecho Gallery has a wider purview.