Sometimes an art gallery is more than just an art gallery. Since its launch in 2008, Marcus Wise’s 464 Gallery on Amherst Street has played an important role in the artistic life of the city and the culture of its Amherst Street neighborhood. By fostering many artists from far outside the academic tradition of the fine arts, the gallery’s robust programming has excavated a whole stratum of artistic activity that might otherwise have remained underground or off the radar. And by helping to spur the revitalization of its formerly dingy block in Black Rock, 464 has served as a symbol of Buffalo’s rapid extreme image makeover and as a haven for creative-minded citizens.
At 6 p.m. Friday, the gallery will celebrate its seventh year of culture-shaping existence with a two-floor party featuring open studios, a cash bar and an exhibition showcasing many of the artists who make up the amorphous 464 collective. The members’ exhibition includes work by familiar names Marissa Lehner, Mary Begley, Fred Mount, Candace Keegan and Wise along with plenty of relative newcomers to the scene.
The party runs from 6 to 10 p.m. Friday, and the show remains on view through June 3. Call 983-2112 or visit 464gallery.com.
– Colin Dabkowski