Explore Erie’s vibrant arts scene at Gallery Night, scheduled for Friday, March 1 from 7:00 until 10:00 p.m., for Erie’s after-hours celebration of art and culture. The Erie Art Museum and eight independent galleries open their doors after hours for visitors to explore visual art in a unique way. Each participating gallery offers its own exhibition, artist meet and greets, 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 feature the public openings for its 9th Annual Kids as Curators Exhibit, featuring the collections of students, The Cup: Works by Valerie Gilman, featuring abstract sculptural works and performance-installation pieces, and First Class, featuring works by Erie Art Museum studio art students and instructors. Other exhibits on view include Looking at Lincoln, celebrating the 150th anniversary of the Emancipation Proclamation and Full Exposure: The Uncompromising Life and Lens of Kathe Kowalski, celebrating the late inspired and committed teacher and photographer of rare sensitivity and vision.
The Museum will also host a Gallery Talk with NYC photographer, Anthony Savini, whose work is featured in the Looking at Lincoln exhibit, at 7:00 p.m. as well as interactive drawing, painting, clay and photo demos for all ages from 7:00 – 10:00 p.m.
Participating galleries include Allen Stoneware, Funky Bungalow, Glass Growers Gallery, Kada Gallery, Lighthouse Jewelers, Ralph Miller Jewelers & Gallery, Schuster Gallery at Gannon University and Urraro Gallery.
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 7,000 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.