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Erie Art Museum Opens Zoo.Logic: New Works by Patricia Bellan-Gillen


New exhibition in Erie Art Museum's Main Gallery.

Erie, PA, January 10, 2008 --(PR.com)-- The Erie Art Museum opens Zoo.Logic, new works by Patricia Bellan-Gillen at the Erie Art Museum’s Main Gallery, 411 State Street on Friday, Jan. 11, 2008 through April 6, 2008. An opening reception for this exhibition is scheduled during Gallery Night on Friday, Jan. 25, 2008, 7-10 p.m. Additionally, Bellan-Gillen will deliver a gallery talk on Friday, March 7, 2008, 7:30 p.m. during Gallery Night.

About the Exhibition
Patricia Bellan-Gillen’s new work combines realistic images of animals with abstract designs, squiggly brushstrokes and symbolic doodles. The work is simultaneously majestic and quirky. A recurring motif in Bellan-Gillen’s paintings is erasure; sometimes the surface has been rubbed out, sometimes the background has been obscured by over-layering. This functions as a visual metaphor for what happens within culture to the various symbols she delights in combining; old meanings become wiped out and over–layered with the new, yet traces remain.

According to Bellan-Gillen, she says she is not concerned with plotting out what everything in the painting is supposed to mean, and has allowed herself to combine symbols intuitively.

Bellan-Gillen lives in Burgettstown, Pa. She has taught art for 21 years at Carnegie Mellon University.

Zoo.Logic, new works by Patricia Bellan-Gillen is sponsored by the Talking Phone Book.

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, including an outstanding 1839 Greek Revival Bank. It maintains an ambitious program of 15 to 18 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 5,500 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 24-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 is open Tuesday through Saturday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday from 1 to 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.

For additional information on the Erie Art Museum, visit online at http://www.erieartmuseum.org/ or call (814) 459-5477.

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