When you walk into the light-drenched Market Arcade on Main Street, chances are you'll catch a glimpse of Michael Mulley sitting behind a tiny desk inside a tiny room, surrounded by framed photographs.
Mulley and his pint-sized Queen City Gallery, a venue to display his own photography of the Buffalo streetscape and the work of many Buffalo artists, have been a fixture in the downtown landmark since 2007. The gallery is celebrating its 10th anniversary with a party from 6 to 10 p.m. March 3 featuring new art, poetry readings and musical performances.
Since Mulley opened the Queen City Gallery, it has featured more than 100 artists. Like Mulley's College Street Gallery, an Allen Street fixture which closed in 2014, its focus is on under-represented artists whose work does not often appear in the region's commercial galleries or museums.
"My open door policy has given artists a place to exhibit their work regardless of their background or status," Mulley wrote of his curatorial mission. "It's that attitude that has made Queen City Gallery a different kind of space -- one that values the individual artist and their work over the more traditional means of determining who gets work displayed."
Friday's celebration, part of the Allentown First Fridays Gallery Walk, will feature a reading from local poet and playwright Justin Karcher at 8 p.m., as well as music by Paul Kozlowski and Buffalo band Chloroform.
Cake will be served. Call 868-8183 or visit queencitygallery.tripod.com.