Cooperative gallery on the Hilltop showcases the work of residents and other featured artists during monthly event

Artists removing decades-old tar paper flooring adhesive from hardwood by hand is either an obscure medium or the toil of opening a new gallery.

In the case of 3060 Artworks, it was the latter (at least, so far). When stained glass artist Patti Von Niessen was presented the opportunity to start a new art space in the Hilltop/Westgate area she's called home for the past 10 years, she jumped at it. Conceived originally as studio space, Von Niessen shifted gears after talking with a bunch of local artists about coming on board.

“‘We don't want a studio. We want a gallery,'” Von Niessen said she heard again and again. 3060 Artworks became a cooperative gallery, showing the work of resident artists as well as the work of monthly featured artists who are not part of the co-op.

Von Niessen acknowledged “it can be a struggle on the Hilltop,” but the success she has had in building the annual Summer Jam West festival and the commitment of the space's resident artists is more than enough encouragement.

The gallery marks its one-year anniversary with a group exhibition titled “Red,” opening during the now-monthly Hilltop Art Hop, which continues to add venues but is currently focused on the businesses near the gallery on West Broad Street at Westmoor Avenue.