Mid-day Art Break Aims to Make Your Lunch Break Better

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Wednesday, June 7th, 2017 at 9:15 AM
Mid-day Art Break Aims to Make Your Lunch Break Better by Tracy Geibel

Wednesday, June 7

Looking for an excuse to get out of the office?

The Highmark Mid-Day Art Break Series at the Erie Art Museum features live local music and free gallery tours during its weekly lunchtime concerts all summer long.

“Take a break from the working day to dance to some cool jams, find some inspiring artwork in the galleries and leave feeling energized for the rest of your week,” said Ally Thomas, EAM Education Coordinator.

The first show is set for Wednesday, June 7 with a performance by Eric Brewer and Friends. The Erie Philharmonic String Quartet will provide music on June 14, and the Presque Isle Saxophone Quartet will be there on June 28. The shows continue every Wednesday until August 30.

Perhaps one of the most unique shows is “World Refugee Day” on June 21.

“I don’t have all of the musical performers confirmed yet, but in the past we have had Bhutanese dancers and singers from Ukraine and Palestine,” Thomas said. “This year we are hoping to have Syrian musicians.”

A fashion show will show off custom-made dresses, suits and other attire between acts.  The designs are by Ansumana Komba Gbembo, an African tailor from Sierra Leone.

The EAM works with the refugee community through its education and folk art programs.

The full summer line up will be announced on Wednesday, June 7. But Thomas hinted that the July and August shows will include some new performers.

“The lineup is similar to previous years with returning favorites like the Erie Philharmonic, that are sure to attract large crowds that recognize their appeal,” Thomas said. “We also have a handful of new performers that have never played Mid-Day Art Break.”

For example, a singer-and-songwriter showcase this year will highlight young, local women in the Erie music scene.

The shows, she explained, will offer a variety of music. Everyone should be able to find something that fits their musical tastes. There will be orchestral music, bluegrass, jazz-fusion, alternative country and indie rock.

“There are a lot of music events happening in Erie in the summer, and we are happy to be contributing to that scene,” Thomas said.

Free gallery tours take place from 12:30 to 1 p.m. Lunch is offered at the Wave Café. — Tracy Geibel

12 to 1 p.m. // Erie Art Museum, 411 State St. // free // 814-459-5477 // www.erieartmuseum.org

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