Now in its 11th year, Gallery Nights are a vital expression of Erie’s lively art scene. Organized by the Erie Art Museum, each Gallery Night offers a different constellation of partners, from well-established commercial galleries to pop-up exhibits, artist’s studios, and boutiques. With the Museum as the anchor, each location brings its own vibe and special fare to these festive evenings.
The Museum opens two new exhibits; the 95th Annual Spring Show, a juried exhibition of works from the region, and Vintage Neon, photographs of mid-century signage by Pittsburgh artist and photographer Chuck Biddle. Also on view: Faces and Places, a survey of six decades of paintings by retired Edinboro professor James McMurray, and Divine Instinct, Gary Spinosa’s sculptures inspired by ancient art and iconography, and various exhibitions from the Museum’s collections. Gallery talk by Chuck Biddle at 7:15 p.m. Dianne Borsenik, Kim Noyes, Barbara Crone, Chuck Joy and Cee Williams recite original poems responding to works in the Spring Show at 8:00 and 9:00 p.m.
- 419 Artifacts– 419 State Street
Our exhibit, Boudoir, features photography by Michael Tkach and mixed-media art by Suzanne Proulx. Boudoir items on display for flappers, floozies, and femme fatales, from 1920 to present, include vintage loungewear for men and women, decorative lamps, furniture, vanity items, and a selection of prints from Matisse, Icart, Parrish, and Vargas. Adult refreshments.
- Allen Stoneware Gallery LLC– 2602 West 8th Street
Featuring pottery designs by instructor Mark Nowak and paintings by Mary Kay Geary. Honeyed wines by Iron Stone Meadery and refreshments provided.
- Angelos Roofing– 1504 Cherry Street
An eclectic display of photography and mixed-media artwork by Andy Vinca, Jason Oros, and Nicole Skias. Poetry reading by Geoff Peterson, and music provided by Paul Gall. Refreshments.
- Attic Rehab– 1501 State Street
An entertaining evening featuring house artists Sarah Whitman, Will Baldauf, Jackie Quigley, and Attic Rehab owners, Sally Jankowski and Julie Brundage. Soothing tunes by Acoustic Earle and tasty treats from local food truck Lake Effect Lunches.
- B3 Gallery and Gifts– 1835 West 26th Street
A night to benefit Emma’s Footprints, featuring artwork by Jason O’Neill of Condor Creative. Refreshments provided by Atacolypse Food Truck, Erie Beer, and Presque Isle Wine Cellars. Audio/Video by Custom Audio.
- Bayfront Gallery– 17 East Dobbins Landing
Erie’s original artist co-op celebrates the grand opening of its 23rd season. Featuring local artists and art in all its forms, including painting, photography, jewelry, antiques and Erie art history. Artists meet and greet. Refreshments.
- Black Eagle Goods– 2424 Peach Street
In search of Eerie Eric Fargiorgio, an exhibit of hairy creatures and sexy poses in acrylics, oils, and mixed-media. Enjoy the best of Independence Hill with catering by Federal Hill Smokehouse and photo ops with a live Sasquatch. Adult beverages available.
- D’ Hopkins Denniston Gallery– 5 West 10th Street
Featuring a collaboration of local, contemporary art and photography titled Faces and Places We’ve Been. Celebrating six years of serving the Erie community with special art sales.
- Erie Art Gallery– 24 West 8th Street
A Woman’s Voice through Art celebrates women who are standing up all over the world and finding their moment of empowerment, their truths, and their stories. This exhibit is the response to a national call for artists to submit work interpreting the female voice. Music and refreshments provided.
- Erie Masonic Temple Building– 32 West 8th Street
The historic Erie Masonic Temple Building, now in its 109th year of operation, features many distinctive architectural features such as plaster ceiling relief, marble floors, oak millwork and a peacock fountain. Masonic Fraternity members will give tours of the Grand Ballroom, Lodge Room, and Camelot Dining Room.
- First Presbyterian Church of the Covenant Community Gallery– 250 West 7th Street
On Your Knees for Recovery features works in oil, watercolor, charcoal, paintings, fabric, and photography by local artists to celebrate 12-step recovery. This is a collaborative effort between Alkeme Restaurant, Cove Forge, and First Presbyterian Church of the Covenant. Light refreshments and live entertainment. Free, off-street parking in church lot.
- Glass Growers Gallery– 10 East 5th Street
Parsing Beauty by Kate Nash features enlarged and closely depicted floral paintings that synthesize drama, strength, form, and color. Nash uses flowers from her own garden as her subjects. Artist meet and greet. Refreshments.
- No Dress Code Studios– 1001 State Street, Suite 210
Proudly presenting “e” Street Style 2.0, an interactive street fashion show where the audience is encouraged to interact with live models. Take a photo! Talk! Mingle! Featuring new “Street Styles” for the summer. Three shows throughout the night with intermission performances by the cast of DRAMASHOP and hoops by Jennifer Dennehy. Refreshments.
- Neighborhood Art House– 201 East 10th Street
Many Neighborhood Art House instructors are also professional artists. This exhibit features ceramics by Sue Hunter, mosaics by Sharon Bannon, mixed-media pieces by Sarah Everett and Chuck Dill, photography by Lourdes Jasso, and others. Student art also on display. Refreshments.
- The Oasis Market– 914 State Street
Erie’s first year-round farmer and vendor market opens for a sneak peek in advance of its grand opening later this year. Featuring local art curated by Bradley Ford of Erie Art Gallery, this evening serves as a fundraiser to kick-off the Market’s mission to feature regional items including produce, manufactured products, and art.
- PACA– 1503 & 1505 State Street
Featuring Fairview High School’s fourth annual photo and art exhibition. The 1503 Gallery showcases drawings, paintings, ceramics, digital, and other media, and the 1505 Gallery hosts photography. This exhibition is the culmination of work created in the school’s advanced classes. Refreshments.
- Pointe Foure Vintage Boutique– 2508 Peach Street
Abstract Bloom, Rachel L. Berlin’s first solo show, explores textures, patterns, and colors through mixed-media with a focus on painting. Berlin highlights elements found in nature and explores how they manifest into art, design, and fashion. Special guests Rebecca Mae and MacKrell Events encourage audience participation through live painting demonstrations. Artist meet and greet. Spirits and tapas available.
- Preservation Erie– 416 State Street
Meet Erie’s New Americans: A Storefront Exhibition, is a partnership between Preservation Erie and the Erie Art Museum in the former American Surplus Store. This retail window has been transformed into a display of housewares, art, and artifacts from Africans who now call Erie home. Meet the artists and collectors from Eritrea, South Sudan, Congo, and Guinea and taste African cuisine from 7:00 – 8:00 p.m.
- Presque Isle Artist Association– Key Bank Community Room, 801 State Street, entrance on East 8th Street
Presque Isle Artists Association art show and sale featuring paintings and photographs by local artists. Wine, cheese, and light refreshments.
- Ralph Miller Jewelers– 3330 West 26th Street
Presenting, COLORS OF SPRING, original handmade works of fine jewelry by the talented RMJ Jewelry Artists: Carrie Magee, Liza Magee, Sally Griffin, Janice, Paul and Daniel Niebauer along with Palm Beach, CA ceramic artist G. Lee Carlson; oil paintings by Diane Wenzel Pierce, and water colors by Sally Griffin, Kevin Bednar and Janice Niebauer. Shop, meet and greet, and gourmet tastings by The Lavender Rabbit.
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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 City of Erie.
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 several education programs and artists’ services including interdisciplinary and interactive school tours and a 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.
The Erie Art Museum and gift shop is open Tuesday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Sunday, 1-5 p.m. The Frame Shop is open Tuesday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. The Whole Foods Co-op Café & Bakery, located in the Leslie Lobby, is open Tuesday through Saturday, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. and on Sunday from 1- 4 p.m. For additional visitor information, visit online at ErieArtMuseum.org or call 814-459-5477.