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Erie Art Museum Benefit Whets the Palate

Gala raises $20,000 for Museum's Annual Fund

Erie, PA, May 26, 2007 --( Friday May 25 was an evening of glamour and exquisite taste as 130 sponsor members of the Erie Art Museum came out in style for Palette to Palate: A Benefit Gala for the Erie Art Museum.

The sold out event featured a gourmet dinner prepared by renowned Erie Chefs Bertrand Artigues and Dennis Dunne who reunited since their time together at the former Aviation Club. They displayed their talents by making delectable courses including gazpacho crème fraishe cilantro and petite beef filet sauce béarnaise with duck breast. For dessert, Gateau au Chocolat featured a Steffanelli chocolate art palette. A wine auction proceeded dinner where members could bid for some of the most highly sought after wines. Music by Kelly Armor & James Pearson and Solitare Miles provided a lovely backdrop for the event.

Works from the Museum’s 5,500 object permanent collection inspired the tables centerpieces which were prepared by Allburn Florist.

Over $20,000 was raised for the annual fund on Friday from ticket sales. Palette to Palate benefits the annual fund, which provides a vital source of unrestricted income that supports every aspect of the Museum--from keeping the doors open and galleries lit to serving the educational and cultural needs of a diverse community.

“The Erie Art Museum has long relied on the support of generous art lovers to purchase and protect art work, to educate and delight visitors. Our donors are the ones who make it possible to bring the arts to thousands of visitors, from school children to scholars,” said Museum Director John Vanco.

About the Erie Art Museum
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

Contact: Tammy Roche, 459-5477

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