Erie, PA, November 14, 2009 --(PR.com
)-- Galleries throughout town usher in the holiday shopping season with a holiday edition of Gallery Night on Friday, Dec. 4, 2009, from 7-9 p.m.
“There’s nothing like giving a locally-made handcrafted gift. 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’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, Cummings Gallery at Mercyhurst College, Geary’s Studio 7 Gallery, Glass Growers Gallery, Old Main at Mercyhurst College, Ralph Miller Jewelers & Gallery, Schuster Gallery at Gannon University, 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 9:30 p.m. Trolley maps and schedules are available at each gallery or by calling the Erie Art Museum at 814-459-5477 or by visiting www.erieartmuseum.org.
Participating galleries will be offering visitors a chance to win a $25 gift certificate as an incentive to attract patrons into touring their galleries.
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 http://www.erieartmuseum.org/ or call (814) 459-5477.