Longtime arts patron, first-time gallery owner opens space in Short North

Sarah Gormley loves getting her feet wet as a first-time gallery owner in the Short North.

In the few short months Sarah Gormley Gallery has been open, the former corporate marketing exec has displayed a knack for network-building and a keen eye for finding work that will attract attention both on the sizable white walls of her North High Street space and online.

“[Owning a gallery] has been a dream of mine since my grandmother bought me my first piece of art over 25 years ago,” Gormley said. The dream became a reality not long after Gormley moved to the Short North, having returned to Central Ohio to care for her aging parents in Zanesville. The gallery space, just a short walk from her residence, became available soon after.

“I figured at first just to do some pop-ups, but when this became available, I jumped in,” she said. “It's the most fun and rewarding thing I've ever done.”

For July, Gormley will display the work of young, Columbus-based artist Daniel Rona.

"This body of work has been the most self-reflective … of my works,” Rona said. “While I maintain the abstract illustrative qualities, I explore the time of my life not so long ago lusting for hope, and the start of my journey to better myself.”