Enjoy Traditional Henna Designs During Mid-Day Art Break at the Erie Art Museum

Introducing Henna Artist during the Mid-Day Art Break June 11 and June 18.

Erie, PA, June 12, 2008 --(PR.com)-- The Erie Art Museum is proud to announce the addition of Sudanese Henna artist Colina Okot during the Mid-Day Art Break on June 11, 2008 and June 18, 2008 between 12 and 1 p.m. Patrons will receive traditional, temporary African designed henna tattoos for $7 and children for $2.

The art of henna, or mehndi, is thousands of years old. A reddish dye extracted from the henna plant is applied, often with elaborate designs, to the hands and feet. Women across Africa, the Middle East, and India paint themselves with henna as part of social celebrations. In many cultures the bride is adorned with especially intricate patterns for her wedding night. The tattoo is temporary and usually lasts two weeks.

During the festivities the Museum will be offering free guided tours through the Galleries at 12 and 12:30 p.m. Visitors are welcomed to come enjoy their lunch on the Museum’s Main Gallery stairs, listen to the live entertainment by premier band File 13 and participate in all the festivities. Visitors can pick-up a quick lunch and shop at the Erie Farmers’ Market in nearby Perry Square before or after their stop at the Museum.

Galleries are open for free to the public every Wednesday 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Mid-Day Art Break is supported by Classy 100, Highmark Blue Cross Blue Shield, Hamot and Erie Insurance Group.

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 at 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 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.

Erie Art Museum
Tammy Roche