By Chelsea Butkowski:
464 Gallery's 4th annual members exhibition promises to ignite and illuminate the local art scene by honoring its' member artists in an entirely new way. Tonight, Friday, August 3, Gallery owner Marcus L. Wise will unveil the inaugural issue of a quarterly local arts magazine, Spark, alongside brand new works by the likes of members Max Collins, Chuck Tingley, and CHOW Art.
The ad-free Spark will showcase artistic talent, both literary and graphic. It will feature comprehensive stories about the lives and work of 464 member artists based on interviews by local creative writers. The first issue boasts stories on artists including Max Collins, Nicole Johnson, Paul Klonowski, Marissa Lehner, Kristin Brandt-Rogers, Chuck Tingley, and Thomas Webb penned by Michelle Wlosinski, Phil Durgan, Sarah Maurer, Annmarie Dean, Jennifer Seaman-Cook, Susan Daniels, and Cori Wolff.
Spark also strives to create parallels between art and life in the Buffalo community and that of other cities. Each issue will include an interview with an emerging artist from another city. The first issue features the story of Cleveland-based artist Mark Yassenchack written by Thom Neill.
"Every day, I work with talented artists who have never, or rarely, been given outlet," said Wise, explaining the creative spark behind this new publication, "These feature stories are meant to be inspiration for other emerging artists who have yet to break the surface. Their stories deserve to be told, their work shown, and Spark magazine is going to serve as that vehicle."
All of the Spark featured artists and authors will be in attendance at the members exhibition to answer questions and discuss their work. The premiere issue of Spark will also be available for purchase.
To accompany the fresh magazine buzz, 464 Gallery's walls will be coated with artworks by its member artists, including those of Susie Kelly Flatau and Sean Madden, among many others.
The garage located behind the gallery--previously painted by Ogre and others--will be the site of brand new works by Collins, Tingley, CHOW Art, and St. Louis-based guest street artist Burn 353. Much of Burn 353's mural will be completed during the event.
In classic 464 style, complimentary food and beverages will also be available, including refreshments from favorite, Lloyd Taco Trucks. Guests can also enjoy music, outdoor seating, and performance art.
The 464 Gallery's 4th Annual Members Exhibition and Spark
Inaugual Issue Launch Party will take place from 6-11 pm and the Members exhibition will run until August 19. For more information on 464 Gallery or Spark
magazine, visit 464gallery.com