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Through Observation: Paintings by Ann Marie Magenau

Through Observation: Paintings by Ann Marie Magenau is on view at the Erie Art Museum Frame Shop, 423 State Street, from April 30, 2010-July 24, 2010. A public opening reception will be held during Gallery Night on Friday, June 11, 2010 from 7-10 p.m.

Erie, PA, April 30, 2010 --( About the Exhibition

“Through Observation” displays Fairview artist Ann Magenau’s journeys from observation through ending. Through her works, she hopes to share the compositional process, a non-linear transformation in which she uses her subjects as a point of departure. She allows the paint and process to take her where it wills instead of having a predetermined destination.

Magenau’s show includes oil paintings and charcoal and pastel drawings with a variety of subjects. She states that her landscapes, portraits and still-lifes are representational, but with underlying abstract content. Her works allow emotion, spontaneity and experiences to transform the reality she started out with.

About the Artist
Magenau is no stranger to the Erie Art Museum. Her pieces have been exhibited both as part of the annual spring show and in solo exhibitions. In addition, she has given solo shows in Buffalo, NY and has exhibited as part of juried and invitational shows throughout the region. A native of Erie, she studied with Joseph Plavcan.

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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