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Pennsylvania Folk Arts Exhibit Begins at Erie Art Museum

First stop on state-wide tour

Erie, PA, January 08, 2010 --( The Erie Art Museum is the first stop on a state-wide tour of folk arts in Pennsylvania. Making It Better: Folk Arts in Pennsylvania Today is on view in the Erie Art Museum’s Main Gallery, 411 State Street, from Jan. 15, through April 11, 2010. A public opening reception will be held during Gallery Night on Friday, March 12, 2010 from 7-10 p.m. To learn more about the exhibit, visit or

About the Exhibition
“Making It Better” tells the story of over 30 artists who work within and for their respective communities. The art, coming from every corner of the state, represents a wide array of traditions such as African dance, stonewall construction, Aztec clay flutes, Pysanky eggs, contemporary blacksmith work, and Vietnamese funerary portraits.

Objects, photographs, film, music and interactive stations allow visitors to experience these traditions with all their senses. Dispelling the notions that folk art is “quaint” and “something from the past” this exhibit demonstrates that although most traditional arts are rooted in centuries’ old practices; they are meeting the needs of those living in very modern times.

The exhibit includes works from local artists Tom Schloss, Marta Sam & Victoria Angelo, Mensura BerBerovic, and Yolanda Lorya as well as those from throughout Pennsylvania.

A series of public workshops provides an opportunity to meet some of the artists and participate in hands-on art-making.

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