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The Erie Art Museum Hosts a Free Photo-Filled Weekend

Erie, PA, March 01, 2014 --( The Erie Art Museum will host a weekend of photography, Photopalooza, Thursday, March 6 through Sunday, March 9 in celebration of two new photography exhibits on display. The weekend has a full schedule of all things photography, including artist meet & greets, photography workshops, and family art-making activities. All events are free and open to the public. For more information on Photopalooza Weekend visit or call (814) 459-5477.

Photopalooza Weekend Lineup:

Thursday, March 6, 5-7 p.m. / Artist Reception
Robert Polidori is one of the world’s most acclaimed photographers of human habitat and environment. His large-scale, expressive photographs challenge the limits of pure architectural photography. His images have been displayed in galleries and publications all around the world. Not only will people have a chance to participate in the artist meet and greet, but they also will have the opportunity to meet with artists from NYC and the Erie region who are a part of the museum’s new exhibit, Exposed: Recent Gifts to the Photography Collection.

Friday, March 7, 7-10 p.m. / Gallery Night
Explore the art-after-dark scene at Gallery Night, and check out the varied exhibitions, entertainment, and vibes offered at each independent venue. Robert Polidori will present a brief lecture about his work in the Main Gallery at the Erie Art Museum at 7 p.m. Also on hand for a meet & greet are the NYC-based photographers from the Exposed exhibit in the Bacon Gallery, and Anna Weaver, whose work is on view in the Holstein Gallery, Opening receptions for First Class, an exhibit of works by EAM studio art studios and their instructors, and Kids as Curators will also take place. Refreshments provided by the WholeFoods Co-op.

Saturday, March 8, 11 a.m.- 4 p.m. / Photo Symposium
Join the museum for a day of workshops taught by the photographers featured in the Exposed: Recent Gifts to the Photography Collection. At 11 a.m., Len Speier, NYC-based photographer lawyer and photographer, will give a lecture on artist’s copyrights. At 1 p.m., NYC native Whitney Browne will lead a dance photography workshop, including dancers from the Lake Erie Ballet. Then at 2 p.m., a panel discussion will be held including Len Speier, Whitney Browne, Diego Bendezu, Loreal Prystaj, and Fred Scruton. Erie’s very own photographer and teacher, Art Becker, will moderate the discussion. The group will talk about and take questions about their work and current photography techniques and perspectives.

Sunday, March 9, 1-5 p.m. / Second Sundays
At this month’s Second Sundays, take a closer look at photos, light and movement. Families will get the opportunity to explore Robert Polidori’s Selected Works exhibit. Visitors can actually become a part of the art by moving inside of projected images of the artist’s work. Also, families can create their own compositions with photo slides and colored cellophane. The Museum is free from 1– 5 p.m. with art making activity from 2 – 4 p.m. For groups of 10 or more, please call ahead to register, 814-459-5477.

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 8,000 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 Friday, 11 a.m. to 5 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.
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