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464 Gallery presents MONSTER 3.0

Apparently artists aren’t afraid of monsters – or at least Marcus Wise’s crew isn’t. 464 Gallery is opening its doors to beasts of all kinds this Friday for its annual MONSTER event, a spooky multi-media art party featuring an exhibit guest juried by local artist Craig LaRotonda (, plus plenty of music, dancing, installations and live art.

MONSTER 3.0 will feature monster-themed works from a diverse list of local artists, including Brit Barr, Jay Dieterle, Florian Ayala Fauna, Julia Finucane, Jessica Gadra, John Harrigan, Craig LaRotonda, Maria Pabico LaRotonda, Felix Keigh, Amanda Kociszewski, Veronica Kruger, Chace Lobely, Sean Madden, Justin Mages, Dominique Michele, Ryan Mis, Fred Mount, Rob Peters, Biljana Petreska, Deborah Petronio, David Pierro, Gina Quadrone, CJ Szatkowski, Dave Tarsa, Richard VanOver, and Tanis Winslow.

Visitors will be greeted by Tara Sasiadek’s unique take on a monster – her Oarfish installation – displayed in the gallery window. “The rarely seen Oarfish is a real-life sea serpent, growing in deep tropical waters to up to 56 feet in length,” she said. “A cranky, adolescent oarfish is lurking in the shallows at 464 Gallery, hoping to score a date and weather out the latest growth-spurt. Approach her at your own risk.”

Live art will also be taking place at the event, with Thomas Webb holding down the gallery space indoors with his live drawing. Meanwhile, Vinny Alejandro will be outside painting a live mural on the side of the garage behind the gallery.  Across the street from the gallery, Keith Harrington (aka Projex) will be projecting a live installation on the side of 463 Amherst Street, featuring Christina Laing’s MONSTER poster design.

On the second floor of the gallery, Studio 464 will play host to a full line-up of DJs, including 222 Oceans, Armageddon Party, Cloud 11 and DJ Spruke. Sage Psychic Readings will also be on the second floor, offering tarot, palm and oral readings for $10 each or all three for $20.

MONSTER 3.0 will also fall into the line-up for the larger roaming Amherst Street Séance event (learn more), collaborating with Black Rock Kitchen & Bar, Rohall’s Corner, Casey’s Tavern and The Good Neighborhood. The 12/8 Path band will be making a stop at 464 as it proceeds down Amherst Street for the Séance event.  The Black Market Food truck will be serving up food from 7:30-10 p.m. outside 464 Gallery.

The event will take place from 6-11:30 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 25 at 464 Amherst Street. Guests who show up in costume can enter the first annual costume contest, which starts at 10 p.m. The winner will receive a $100 gift certificate good for art and gift purchases at 464 Gallery. Everyone who enters the contest will get their pictures taken and displayed on the 464 Gallery Facebook page.

For more information and updates, check out the MONSTER 3.0 Facebook event page. The event is free and open to the public. The MONSTER exhibit will be on display until November 3.


Written by Sarah Maurer

Sarah Maurer

I moved to Buffalo to attend Canisius College in 2007 and began writing for Buffalo Rising as a journalism intern in 2010. Working with Newell and meeting numerous entrepreneurs, activists and everyday folks who were working to make their city better made a huge impact on my decision to stay here. After witnessing all the positive development and grassroots initiatives happening in neighborhoods throughout the city, I was inspired to pursue a term of service in AmeriCorps and a career in Buffalo's non-profit sector. I currently work in the housing department at the Lt. Col. Matt Urban Human Services Center of WNY and am excited to be a part of their ongoing efforts to revitalize the Broadway Fillmore neighborhood. I also volunteer as the project coordinator for Artfarms Buffalo. I continue to write for Buffalo Rising because I love having the opportunity to stay connected to those working toward positive changes for the Queen City.

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