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Erie Art Museum Presents First Class

An exhibition of the works by Erie Art Museum instructors and their students.

Erie, PA, February 01, 2007 --( First Class, an exhibit featuring exemplary works by Erie Art Museum instructors and students, will open at the Erie Art Museum’s Annex Gallery, 423 State Street, on Friday, Feb. 9 and run through Feb. 13. A free public reception for this exhibit will be held on Friday, Feb. 9 from 7-9 p.m.

Art is a participatory activity. Through classes at the Museum, ordinary folks try their hand at artmaking, with the help of some of Erie’s most distinguished artists.

Included are works in watercolor, jewelry, acrylic, photography and ceramics by Museum instructors Deborah Sementelli-Hoenes, Fran Schanz, Wilda Sundberg, Christine French, Kathy Umlauf, Aaron Young, Jan and Dan Neibauer, Art Becker, Esther Hong and their students.

Opening night includes a two-hour delight of demonstrations and hands-on opportunities guaranteed to stimulate the inner-artist. Visitors can throw-clay on a wheel, watch a weaving or watercolor demonstration, see a bellydancer in action and much more.

The mission of the Erie Art Museum is to maintain an institution of excellence dedicated to the advancement and promotion of the visual arts by developing and maintaining a quality art collection, encouraging art in all its forms, by fostering lifelong art learning and by building community among artists, art students and the public.

The Erie Art Museum offers an ambitious, year-round schedule of exhibits, performances, classes, workshops, lectures and more. The Erie Art Museum holds a $10 million permanent collection of 5,600 cultural objects that includes significant works in American ceramics, Tibetan paintings, Indian bronzes, contemporary baskets, and a variety of other categories.

The Erie Art Museum is located a 411 State Street in downtown Erie, Pa. Gallery hours are Tuesday-Saturday, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. and Sunday, 1-5 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. One-year memberships to the Erie Art Museum are $15 for students and senior citizens, $35 for individuals, and $65 for families. Guided group tours for adults or students are available for all major exhibitions.

For additional information on the Erie Art Museum, call (814) 459-5477 or visit online at

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