Holiday Edition Gallery Night

Erie, PA, November 27, 2011 --( Galleries throughout town usher in the holiday shopping season with a holiday edition of Gallery Night on Friday, Dec. 2, 2011, from 7-10 p.m.

“There’s nothing like giving a locally-made handcrafted gift. Erie’s galleries offer unique gifts such as fine art, art classes, professional framing, memberships and more. You are not going to find these handcrafted gifts at the Big Box Stores,” said Carolyn Eller, Director of Marketing for the Erie Art Museum. “Gallery Night was in part created to support local commerce.”

Gallery Night coincides with the Erie Downtown’s Downtown D’Lights event. Perry Square will come alive at 6:15 when Santa and Mayor Joe Sinnott “flip the switch” and thousands of lights fill Perry Square, which marks the beginning of the holiday season in downtown Erie. The public can enjoy live music and shopping at Erie’s local galleries from 7 until 10 p.m. A complete list of participating galleries is available at

Always a popular way to get around Gallery Night, EMTA’s Bayliner will be providing free transportation on the gallery circuit. Trolley maps and schedules are available at each gallery or at

Participating galleries will be offering visitors a chance to win a $25 gift certificate as an incentive to attract patrons into touring their galleries. Those visiting five or more galleries will be entered into the drawing.

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