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Gallery Night: Abstract Thinking. Glasses Clinking.

Erie, PA, March 04, 2010 --( Abstract thinking, glasses clinking, free admission, artist demos, tasty bites and live music combine for Gallery Night on Friday, March 12 from 7-10 p.m. Hosted by the Erie Art Museum, Gallery Night features a tour of eight local galleries, each with an exciting array of activities for the whole family.

“If you’ve been waiting for a break in the weather to check out Erie’s local art scene, wait no longer. With EMTA Trolleys shuttling visitors between the galleries, there’s no excuse to stay inside and miss all the fun,” said Carolyn Eller, Director of Marketing and Development at the Erie Art Museum. “Gallery Night is the perfect way to chase the end of winter blues.”

Participating galleries include Accents By the Bay, Allen Stoneware Gallery, Glass Growers Gallery, The Kada Gallery, Presque Isle Gallery Coffeehouse, Ralph Miller Jewelers & Gallery, Urraro Gallery, and the Erie Art Museum. Galleries will be offering visitors a chance to win a $25 gift certificate as an incentive to attract patrons into touring their galleries.

Erie Art Museum highlights include: Gallery talk by local taxidermist and artist Tim Schloss, featured in the Making It Better exhibit, at 7:30 p.m. in the Main Gallery. Schloss has over 30 years of experience in his field and has won many awards including the National Taxidermy Association Award of Excellence in waterfowl taxidermy; there will be an African Beadwork demonstration with Yolanda Lorya from 7:30 -10 p.m; Interactive Clay and Oriental watercolor demos in our Kids as Curators exhibit; and an Artist Meet and Greet in the Frame Shop gallery in conjunction with Malcolm Christhilf's Objects as Color exhibition.

Trolley maps and schedules are available at each gallery or by calling the Erie Art Museum at 814-459-5477 or by visiting All Gallery Night events are free and open to the public.

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.

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Erie Art Museum
Carolyn Eller

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