Erie, PA, May 27, 2012 --(PR.com
)-- Explore Erie’s vibrant arts scene at Gallery Night, scheduled for Friday, June 15 from 7:00 until 10:00 p.m., Erie’s after-hours celebration of art and culture. The Erie Art Museum and eleven independent galleries open their doors after hours for visitors to explore the city’s vibrant arts scene in a unique way. Each participating gallery offers its own exhibition, artist meet and greet, entertainment, refreshments and vibe. Visitors are encouraged to visit five or more galleries to be entered in a drawing for a $25 gift certificate from each venue.
The Erie Art Museum will offer two new exhibitions for viewing: Cancelled: The Stamp Art of Michael Thompson, featuring the Chicago-based artist’s subversive art-making that utilizes the form of the postage stamp, adorned with highly unlikely imagery and content; and Justus Cotterill: The Sway, featuring new works by the artist, prints, constructions and sculpture that reflect on the limbo between youth and manhood. Both artists will be at the Museum for artist meet & greets. The Museum will also feature a Clayspace pottery sale and have on-site art demos.
Participating galleries include Art of Yoga, Bayfront Gallery, Center City Arts, D’Hopkins Denniston Gallery, Geary’s Studio 7, Glass Growers Gallery, Kada Gallery, Lighthouse Jewelers, Ralph Miller Jewelers & Gallery, Rustic & Refined and Urraro’s Gallery (in their new location).
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 erieartmuseum.org or call 814-459-5477.