Artists and Public Welcome to Experience Unique Collaboration at the Erie Art Museum

Erie, PA, May 15, 2011 --( The Erie Art Museum and Lyons Den Productions are teaming up for a night of music, art, and filmmaking, Friday, June 3, 2011, from 6:30-9 p.m.

The Museum will host its final Open Stage Night of the summer, and any group or individual can sign up for a short set (two pieces, or eight minutes, whichever is shorter) stating at 5:30 p.m. Original work is encouraged, and visual artists can get in on the act, too, by bringing digital images on DVD or jump drive.

“This event is particularly aimed for emerging artists in our community who may not have opportunities to regularly engage with other artists or perform or exhibit for an audience,” said EAM’s Director of Marketing & Development, Carolyn Eller. “It’s not just for singer-songwriters, but for any creative type.”

During the event, the cast and crew of Lyons Den Productions will film a scene in the Museum’s lobby and main gallery for filmmaker John C. Lyons’ latest feature, There Are No Goodbyes. The scene is an exhibit opening for Raina Kowl, a lead character in the film played by actress Jennifer Hooper. The exhibit will feature photography and objects from Erie’s industrial past and is the work of area artist Ian Wallace. Visitors to the museum that evening will be extras in the scene, and will be required to sign a consent form with Lyons Den Productions.

“The museum was kind enough to allow us to premiere one of our first short films Hunting Camp there, and museum Director John Vanco played a memorable role in our last film Schism,” said filmmaker John C. Lyons. “Once the Museum’s beautiful, modern expansion was complete we knew we had to feature it in There Are No Goodbyes.”

There Are No Goodbyes is a fictional story about choices and finding purpose in one’s life in the context of the current sociopolitical climate of blue-collar America. Scenes for the film have already been shot in Poland, Czech Republic, and Ireland and production is currently taking place in Erie, PA. The feature film is expected to premiere in 2012 and stars Matthew King, Jennifer Hooper, Frederick Williams, and Don Kirsch.

The Museum will be free and open to the public for Open Stage Night and the filming, with a suggested $5 donation. A cash beer & wine bar will be available in the lobby. For more information about Open Stage Night, visit or contact Kelly at 459-5477 or

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 and a modern, ‘Green,’ 10,500 square foot expansion. The newly expanded Museum marks the first LEED-certified building in the region, soon to be complete with a planted rooftop.

The Museum maintains an ambitious program of 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 as 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 25-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, café, and gift shop is open Tuesday through Thursday, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., Friday, 11 a.m. to 9 p.m., Saturday 11 a.m.-5 p.m., and Sunday, 1-5 p.m. For additional visitor information, visit online at or call 814-459-5477.

Erie Art Museum
Carolyn Eller