Forgotten Fish and Frogs

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  Waves crash into the blockades of the bayfront. Seagulls yap in unison as they walk in sync, preparing to lift themselves from the pavement near Smugglers’ Wharf. A pinkish hue blankets the horizon, as customers from bars can be heard chattering while they gaze at the dropping sun. It’s Summertime in Erie, Pennsylvania, and […]

Pebbles of Positivity with #RockOutErie + #GURocks

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There’s a trend buzzing… or, rocking. I first saw this in my hometown of Cleveland, Ohio by members of the Facebook group “Northeast Ohio Rocks,” participants have been painting rocks and hiding them around the city. The rocks are sprinkled with happy messages, bright colors, or inspirational quotes.  Individuals who find a painted rock snap […]

Playlist: Music as a Form of Therapy

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During my freshman year, I took Theater and Culture with Fr. Shawn Clerkin. In that class we learned about different functions of art. One of those functions is therapy. While many plays and other works of theater have a therapeutic effect for the audience members, music and song lyrics also have the potential to be […]

Rundown: Erie Events, 7/6 – 7/12

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Monday, July 6: 11:00 a.m. – Art of the Comic Book: Original Works from Klaus Janson, John Totleben, and the Museum’s Collection will be held at the Erie Art Museum. 1:00 p.m. – Dancing with the LifeWorks stars with Nancy Schuller. 5:00 p.m. – Presque Isle Downs Live Horse Racing Tuesday, July […]

The art styles of downtown Erie

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Ask anyone involved in the arts in some way, shape or form about the importance of local arts and entertainment, and they will speak until they’re blue in the face. Fortunately, that is not what I’m here to do. Rather, I’d like to showcase some of Erie’s less well-known attractions and best-kept secrets for your […]

You don’t need to leave town to see great art

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You don’t need to leave town to see great art. Yes, really. I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: If you want to look at great art, no city in America beats Erie, Pennsylvania. “No city, Pen? Really?” you query. Yes, really. No city beats us: Toronto, Santa Fe, Los Angeles, New York… “Surely […]

This museum has been Scalisized

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Walking in to the Erie Art Museum is always an exercise in unifying contrast. Tucked away in one of the oldest-looking parts of the city, the new entrance to the old museum at 10 E. Fifth St. is imposing and modern, yet integrated and throwback. Its light-brownish bricks blend seamlessly with buildings on blocks close […]

Erie A to Z: A is for art

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For the city’s art enthusiasts, there’s no more welcoming hangout than the Erie Art Museum. Exhibits, performances and workshops comprise the museum, which strives “to maintain an institution of excellence dedicated to the promotion and advancement of the visual arts.” And it has been successful. In 2011, the museum was awarded the National Medal for […]

Expressing wellness through art

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One of Gannon’s best-kept secrets is the Schuster Art Gallery, located on the top floor of the Nash Library, featuring pieces by both student and community artists throughout the year. Currently at the Schuster Gallery is an exhibit titled, “The Art of Well-Being,” sponsored by Stairways Behavioral Health and created by Center City Arts. Stairways […]

From floppy disks to bleeding-edge technology

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A decade before there was such a thing as a “blog,” I attended Gannon as an undergraduate science major. In the late 1980s, I spent many hours in labs doing things such as classifying and dissecting sea creatures for Dr. Stan Zagorski’s invertebrate zoology class. I also spent many hours in the office of the […]