Works by Artist and Metal Worker Cappy Counard on View at Erie Art Museum Frame Shop

Erie, PA, September 26, 2009 --( Works by artist and metal worker Cappy Counard will be on view at the Erie Art Museum Frame Shop, 423 State Street beginning Oct. 2, 2009 through January 16, 2010. A free public opening reception will be held during Gallery Night on Friday, Oct. 9, 2009 from 7-10 p.m.

About the Exhibition
Artist and metal worker Cappy Counard creates jewelry and intricate vessels. Her work embodies surprises and engages viewers in acts of discovery. Her vessels are inspired by both natural forms and traditional Japanese art and architecture. The symmetrical structures of plants and the historical wearable boxes of Japan inspire and inform intricate creations which demand to be touched. Counard’s jewelry is created to be harmonious with the body, and her works evoke those qualities of life which are “essential, pure, and intuitive.”

Counard’s work has been exhibited widely across the country and around the world. She presents frequent lectures and workshops including recently, a series of lectures in Turkey, and a two-week workshop at Penland School of Craft in North Carolina. She has twice received the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts Individual Artist Fellowship – in 2003 and again in 2007. Counard is now an Associate Professor of Jewelry and Metals at Edinboro University of Pennsylvania.

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. Currently under construction, the Museum’s $9 million building renovation and expansion project will create four major galleries, a number of smaller galleries, a 250-person multi-purpose performance space, a new unified entrance, and various visitor amenities. A grand opening is set for the fall of 2010.

The Museum 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.

Erie Art Museum
Tammy Roche