EAM hosting weekend of photography

If you love photography, you will not want to miss what the Erie Art Museum has prepared for this weekend.

The museum will host a 4 day photography event called Photopalooza.

From Thursday, March 6, until Sunday, March 9, the Erie Art Museum will feature world renowned, Canadian-born New York City photographer Robert Polidori, along with other photographers from New York City and the Erie region.

They will be part of the Photopalooza photography weekend hosted by the museum.

Photopalooza is a one-time event, celebrating the two major photo exhibitions on display, Robert Polidori: Selected Works and Exposed: Recent Gifts to the Photography Collection. The photography display is free to all and includes free lectures and workshops from the artists.

Polidori is one of the world’s most acclaimed photographers of human habitat and environment.

His large-scale architectural images have been displayed in galleries and magazines all around the world.

Director of Marketing and Public Relations, Carolyn Eller, says “it’s a very rare and special treat that Robert Polidori is coming to the Art Museum.

We’re flying him in from LA. He’s a very famous photographer.”

The Photopalooza kicks off Thursday with an artist reception where visitors will have the opportunity to meet and greet all the artists.

Friday, from 5 to 7 p.m., the museum will feature Gallery Night.

The night will be packed with various exhibitions and activities. It will end with a lecture by Polidori regarding his work in the Erie Arts Museum.

The exhibit continues Saturday with the Photo Symposium. From 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., workshops will be given by various photographers featured in the Exposed: Recent Gifts to the Photography Collection.

Among them, expect to find Len Speier, a New York City photographer and lawyer, who will give a talk about copyright infringement.

Photographer Tom Caravaglia will give a workshop about dance photography alongside fellow New York City photographer Whitney Browne.

The event will conclude Sunday from 1 to 5 p.m.. This will be everyone’s opportunity to take a look at the Polidori: Selected Works exhibit.

Visitors will have the opportunity to become part of the art as described by Eller by “moving inside of projected images of the artist’s work. Also families can create their own compositions with photo slides and colored cellophane.”

Eller believes coming to the Photopalooza is an opportunity every art lover should take.

“It’s an honor to feature the work of Robert Polidori. Anyone interested in photography or art should check out the four days of events during Photopalooza next week,” Eller said.

The Erie Arts Museum has recently restored their mid-19 century facilities with modern, environmentally friendly expansions.

They hold a collection of 8,000 objects, including works of American ceramics, Indian bronzes, Tibetan paintings, and many other works.

Although all activities for the weekend are free, groups of 10 or more must call the museum at 814-459-5477 to register.

For more information visit erieartmuseum.org or call the number above.

The Erie Art Museum is open on Tuesdays thru Saturdays from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sundays from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.