5 art gallery alternatives
Buffalo is dotted with small, independent art spaces far from the well-traveled Museum District or art-centric Allentown. Here are a few of the city’s far-flung
Project 308 Gallery / 308 Oliver St. / North Tonawanda / 523-0068
This inaugural show at this gallery founded in 2012 by local entrepreneur Natalie Brown, featured art that visitors were invited to touch – a practice usually verboten in galleries. The work, by painter Sherri Marranca, included braille lettering and starkly different textures that prompted viewers to consider how art could be appreciated by those without vision. Since then, the gallery has presented an eclectic series of exhibitions meant, as its mission statement says, “to engage those who appreciate the arts, no matter their background.”
Meridian West / 1209 Hertel Ave. / Buffalo / 768-3805
In terms of wall space, the 1,200-square-foot Meridian West is one of the largest new galleries to pop up in the past few years. It’s co-owned by George Grace and Nancy Clarke Mariani, local artists with a passion for promoting their fellow painters, sculptors and craft artists. The gallery often features work by members of the Buffalo Society of Artists.
Glow Gallery / 224 Allen St. / Buffalo / 983-2112
Local businessman Michael Rizzo transformed the former Sp@ce 224 into a space he calls The Loop. In addition to serving as headquarters for Rizzo’s retail business and his LGBT newspaper In the Loop, the small spot on Allen Street also contains the new Glow Gallery. That gallery, operated by Marcus L. Wise of 464 Gallery, features a constantly rotating series of exhibitions, often with LGBT subject matter.
Daddy’s Garage / 586 East Ferry St. / Buffalo / 768-1587
A graffiti gallery and clothing boutique. The retail portion of the space, owned by John and Carol Stiegler, features work by a rotating roster of graffiti artists from around the country. On the other side of the wall, legal work by local graffiti artists can often be found. The space also occasionally features community get-togethers.
Coming Home Buffalo Center for Holistics and Arts / 140 Elmwood Ave. / 884-2646
This holistic healing shop hosts workshops, classes, performances, exhibitions and other community activities. Its owner, Buffalo repat Toni Meldzuk, also launched a separate art space in the light-filled first floor of a house next door dedicated largely to visual arts exhibitions. Both spaces have a warm, comfortable vibe bordering on the transcendental and are meant, Meldzuk said, to be places where members of Allentown and Buffalo’s arts and healing communities can congregate and exchange ideas. The Gallery Next Door is located at 138 Elmwood Ave.