By: Annmarie Dean
When one thinks of the word “nirvana,” the idea of complete happiness and bliss comes to mind. It’s no question that this would be the theme for the celebration of 464 Gallery’s second anniversary and newest art opening. Marcus L. Wise, gallery owner, is a man who has a lot to be happy about these days.
On February 11th, “Nirvana” will open at 464 Gallery, 464 Amherst Street in Buffalo. The Gallery will display works of art by local artists: Amanda Maciuba, Candace Keegan, Karen Brady, Salvatore Scrivo, Phil Durgan, Tamora Lee Beckman, Marcus L. Wise, Tara Sasiadek, Jeremy Maxwell, and others. 464 will also be expanding their jewelry collection so that no one will be caught empty handed this coming Valentine’s Day. The event will be open from 6-11 p.m. with complimentary food and drink being served. “Nirvana” will run from February 11-28th.
“Nirvana” will reprise 464 Gallery’s interactive arts installation, “What’s In Your Heart,” which debuted at their grand opening in 2009 and continues to be a popular staple of their anniversary events. Each attendee is asked to cut out a paper heart and write what they love most on it. Each individual heart is hung on display in the windows of the gallery for the duration of the show’s run.
2010 proved to be a fruitful year for the gallery. Over the past year 464 Gallery has hosted over 80 art openings and events, better than tripled their membership, represented more than 250 locals artist and was honored the title of “2010 Best Underthe- Radar Art Space” by Artvoice.
The gallery also acts as the home of Emerging Leaders in the Arts Buffalo; a local group of artists, arts administrators and patrons who work to support each other through networking activities, critiques, workshops and community art projects. Most recently, the two have joined forces for the mural located at the corner of Grant and Amherst Streets. As Wise states “I look forward to continuing to serve local, emerging, and student artist populations of Buffalo through increasing the availability of resources and education, expanding opportunities and continuing to spread our positive imprint across this city.”