Gallery Night Holiday Edition

Erie, PA, November 20, 2008 --( Galleries throughout downtown and around town usher in the holiday shopping season with a holiday edition of Gallery Night on Friday, Dec. 5, 2008, from 7-10 p.m.

“It’s never been more important than it is now to support local businesses. Erie’s galleries offer unique gifts such as fine art, art classes, professional framing, memberships and more. You are not going to find these handcrafted gifts at the Big Box Stores,” said Tammy Roche director of marketing and development for the Erie Art Museum. “Gallery Night was in part created to support local commerce.”

Gallery Night coincides with the Erie Downtown Partnership’s Downtown D’Lights event. Perry Square and State Street light-up for the holidays at 6 p.m. and entertainment as well as a visit with Santa are planned for the concourse of the Boston Store.

Accents By The Bay, Allen Stoneware Gallery, Artworks, Bayfront Gallery, Cummings Gallery at Mercyhurst College, Geary’s Studio 7 Gallery, Glass Growers Gallery, Kada Gallery, Ralph Miller Jewelers & Gallery, Urraro Gallery and the galleries at the Erie Art Museum will host Gallery Night.

Always a popular way to get around Gallery Night, EMTA’s Bayliner will be providing free 1 hour shuttle transportation from 7 to 10:30 p.m. Trolley maps and schedules are available at each gallery or by calling the Erie Art Museum at 814-459-5477.

Participating galleries will be offering visitors a chance to win a $50 gift certificate as an incentive to attract patrons into touring their galleries.

Below is a complete list of schedule of events:

Accents By The Bay
27 West 5th Street
Artist Meet and Greet
ANTware from the collection of Abigail Adams Greenway

Allen Stoneware Gallery
2602 West 8th Street
Studio and Classroom Tour
Pottery Wheel Demonstrations by Jessie Simmons
“Relationships to Rituals” solo show by Studio Potter Eric Thayer

1505 State Street
Opening Reception
Recalibration – the Ceramic Sculpture of Tomas Schneider.
Out of State – a collection of sculptural works by four artists using both contemporary and traditional media. Michael Anthony Smith, Christopher B. Wagner, Jonathan M. Matecki, Brent T. Dollison.

Bayfront Gallery
17 East Dobbins Landing
Artists Reception
Erie Christmas prints by Herb Beard and local artists

Cummings Gallery at Mercyhurst College Mary D’Angelo Performing Arts Center
501 East 38th Street
Artist Meet & Greet
Recent works from Mercyhurst College faculty

Erie Art Museum
411 State Street & 423 State Street
Shohp the Museum store for original art and exhibition items. Gift certificates available for art classes, memberships and framing.

On View
Kanga & Kitenge: Cloth and Culture in East Africa.

Opening Reception.
Artist Meet & Greet.
Lake Erie Fiber Arts Guild

On View
Paintings by Trevor Winkfield

Geary’s Studio 7 Gallery
2807 West 8th Street
Holiday refreshments and plenty of mistletoe!
“The Christmas Collection” featuring new works by over 90 local artists.

Glass Growers Gallery
10 East 5th Street
Artist Meet & Greet.
Noreen Finn: Recent Paintings
Jewelry by Leah Humphries, Sarah Welte, Edie Fisher

Kada Gallery
2632 West 8th Street
Acrylic paintings and collage works by Mindy Duncan

Ralph Miller Jewelers & Gallery
28 West 8th Street
Special holiday meet & greet
Handmade in Erie, PA featuring the RMJ’s fine jewelry artists: Carrie Magee, Liza Magee, Sally Griffin, Paul Niebauer, Janice & Daniel Niebauer

Urraro Gallery
152 West 12th Street
Opening Reception
Artist Meet and Greet
Live Music by East Ave.
Northwestern Pennsylvania Artist Association Holiday Exhibit

About the Erie Art Museum
The Erie Art Museum anchors downtown Erie’s cultural and economic revitalization, occupying a group of restored mid-19th century commercial buildings, including an outstanding 1839 Greek Revival Bank. It maintains an ambitious program of 15 to 18 changing exhibitions annually, embracing a wide range of subjects, both historical and contemporary and including folk art, contemporary craft, multi-disciplinary installations, community-based work, as well at traditional media.

The Erie Art Museum also holds a collection of over 6,000 objects, which includes significant works in American ceramics, Tibetan painting, Indian bronzes, contemporary baskets, and a variety of other categories.

The Museum offers a wide range of education programs and artists’ services including interdisciplinary and interactive school tours and a wide variety of classes for the community. Performing arts are showcased in the 24-year-old Contemporary Music Series, which represents national and international performers of serious music with an emphasis on composer/performers, and a popular annual two-day Blues & Jazz Festival.

The Erie Art Museum is open Tuesday through Saturday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday from 1 to 5 p.m. Admission is free for members, free on Wednesdays, $4 for adults, $3 for senior citizens and students and $2 for children under 12.

For additional information on the Erie Art Museum, visit online at or call (814) 459-5477.

Tammy Roche