Mary Gamble has been a pillar of the Erie Art Museum’s Board of Directors since 2009 and currently serves on the Board’s Executive Committee as the Vice President. But her leadership extends way beyond the conference room. For the past four years she has organized and run the Museum’s annual Rummage Sale. She collected thousands of objects — vintage clothing, housewares, furniture, and art from friends and the community. She then spends hundreds of hours sorting, arranging, and pricing. This year’s sale was wildly successful and brought in almost $6,000. Mary says, “Some people think I’m a little crazy, but I love antiques and art, and I love to shop at estate sales and thrift shops myself. I have a great team of friends to help and we actually have fun. We laugh a lot.” Nancy Potter, Dale Allgeier, Mary Grace Umpleby, Bonnie Lyden, and Patty Holstein joined in on the fun and helped Mary out with organizing the sale. Mary’s effort didn’t just bring income, it brought over 550 bargain savvy visitors. Mary also engaged five local artists to create portraits of John Vanco that became the stage decorations for ARTrageous. Each one of them sold at the event’s silent auction. The Museum thanks Mary Gamble for her dedication, creativity, her connections with Erie’s artists, and her willingness to roll up her sleeves and give weeks of her time to support the Museum.

Previous Spotlights: EAM Artscope

Maggie Myers: EAM Artscope, May 2017

Jacqueline White: EAM Artscope, January 2017

John Bliss and Lenny Ginnery: EAM Artscope, September 2016

Valerie Finney: EAM Artscope, May 2016

Melissa Shimek and her daughters Ginny, and Mary: EAM Artscope , March 2016

Gil Asher: EAM Artscope, January 2016

Erie Art Museum Volunteer

There are many ways to get involved at the Erie Art Museum, and volunteering is a great way to get connected. Volunteers help with everything from gardening to governance. Every day of the week you will find volunteers here dedicating their time to our common cause, and making new connections.

Volunteering enriches lives through the connections made with others.
Contact us to see how you can become involved.

Email Kirk Oglevee Volunteer Coordinator
phone: ph 814.459.5477

Positions Available

• Erie Art Museum Blues & Jazz Festival
Event production/button sales

• Special Events Assistants
Greet visitors, provide information, pass out programs,
set-up/serve refreshments, clean-up

• Gallery Attendants
Help Erie Art Museum staff set up & take down exhibits, paint walls,
move display furniture, and install artwork, text panels, & labels

• Tour Guides
Facilitate tours for various groups (training sessions required)

• Kids Programming
Help kids explore & create art

• Bulk Mail Assistants
Fold, label, sort various bulk mailings

• Gardening / Grounds-Keeping
Weeding, mulching, trimming