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464 Gallery mounts LGBT art show

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"Ladies of the Rising Sun" by Marcus L. Wise. Part of the exhibition "Color" at 464 Gallery (464 Amherst St.)

464 Gallery , an alternative art space that recently opened its doors on Buffalo's West Side, will open an exhibition of work by local lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgendered artists next Friday. Work by Paul Rybarcyzk, Scott Klaurens, Michael Klemm, Daniel Rodgers, H. Duane Mallaber, Joelle LoDestro and several others will be on view in the space, which officially opened in March. The show is aimed to coincide with Buffalo's annual Pride celebration, which takes place June 6 and 7.

Gallery founder Marcus L. Wise launched the show, one of two LGBT-themed art shows to hit the Buffalo arts scene in the past few months (the other being "Prism: One Community, Many Perspectives" at CEPA Gallery in March.), to provide a venue for the area's sometimes underexposed LGBT artists.

"I've been part of the gay community in Buffalo for 15 years and now I have this resource which offers me the opportunity to give something back," Wise said. "Idon't really feel that LGBT artists are necessarily excluded from the arts in general in Buffalo, but I thought it would be nice to do something that is special for the community."

Wise said the gallery, which is part of one of the city's less well known artsy enclaves near the Buffalo State College campus, has been attracting steady crowds and doing respectable business since its opening in March.

--Colin Dabkowski

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