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New Allentown gallery to feature LGBT artists

In Buffalo’s transient gallery scene, art spaces come and go with reassuring regularity. When one space closes, our tears barely have a chance to dry before another opens in its place. Such is the case with the former SP@CE 224, a funky little gallery run by Jose Rodriguez that was a central hangout during Buffalo’s Infringement Festival and hosted dozens of memorable exhibitions.

On Friday, that storefront will be reborn as The Loop and will serve as headquarters for the monthly newspaper In the Loop and the retail outlet MyBuffaloPride, both run by Michael Rizzo. A new gallery called Glow, operated by 464 Gallery owner Marcus Wise, will also share the space.

Rizzo founded his retail company and newspaper to cater to Buffalo’s lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community, and his vision for the The Loop includes using the space for community discussions and forums.

The inaugural show in Glow will be a series of photographs by Wise, which will give way to a dual exhibition by Wise and Marissa Lehner on Aug. 2. As part of its mission, the gallery will provide four free solo exhibitions per year to LGBT artists.

After an invite-only reception wraps up at 7:30 p.m. Friday, the space will be open to the public until 10 p.m. Call 392-9832 or visit – Colin Dabkowski