Artlore owners will open a new gallery in the PACA building in downtown Erie


The owners of an art studio in Millcreek Township noticed a new vibe in downtown Erie and decided they wanted to be a part of it.

So Steve Trohoske and Lena Logvina will open the City Gallery to the public starting Friday at 1503 State St. in the historic Performing Artists Collective Alliance building which is already home to the theater as well as other artists and creative entrepreneurs. Trohoske and Logvina said their new gallery will feature interdisciplinary art exhibitions featuring local, national and international artists. They also aim to facilitate dialogue between artists, patrons and the public and promote diversity and inclusion in a new artistic space, they said.

“We love the development of what’s going on downtown,” Trohoske said. “We just feel like we have something different to share and offer.”

Guests gather for an artist reception at the City Gallery on Thursday.

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But fans of their Artlore Studio need not worry. The couple have no plans to close this gallery, store and creative space at 3406 West Lake Road.

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Their new City Gallery will hold its grand opening Friday from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. with three main exhibitions, Trohoske said.

Artist Margo Wolfe, 50, is surrounded by her atmospheric and interactive art installation "Noodles" at the City Gallery on Thursday.

“Noodlefish”, presented by Margo Wolfe, is an immersive and whimsical adventure in an interactive art experience, according to City Gallery Facebook page.

“Ceramic Continuum” will feature 23 exquisite new sculptures by Tom Hubert, a true master of his art, says the Facebook page.

Ceramic artist Tom Hubert, with some of his sculptures on display to the right, takes a break outside the City Gallery on Thursday.

Logvina’s “A Stitch in Time” will feature paintings and multimedia work inspired by Ukrainian embroidery and symbolism and focused on her love for Erie and its monuments, according to a Facebook post.

Artist and City Gallery co-owner Lena Logvina is pictured surrounded by some of her work in Erie.

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The City Gallery will be open Friday through Sunday, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., Trohoske said. He said a website was in the works and people could follow him on Instagram as well.

Trohoske, a musician, said the independent art gallery will also feature music.

“We think it will be a really wonderful addition to downtown,” he said.

Contact Dana Massing at [email protected]. Follow her on Twitter @ETNmassing.

If you are going to

  • What: Grand opening of the City Gallery
  • When: Friday, 7 pm-10pm; normal gallery hours will be Friday to Sunday, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • Where: 1503 State St.
  • Information: 814-218-4185,

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