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Love + Light: Happy Valentine’s Day From Loveland

With a name like “Loveland,” you have to expect something to happen on Valentine’s Day. Artists are on every corner in this town, it seems, so naturally, we have some creative ways to celebrate this day. This “conceptual & contemporary art and light event” lands Loveland squarely in the 21st century, in my opinion, and that’s a fine thing. While I do have a deep respect for the history of our town as a world-famous sculpture center, it does my heart good to see young and innovative artists coming in and doing cool new stuff!

The first annual Love+Light show was in 2012.

The first annual Love+Light show was in 2012.

When I first came here, though, there didn’t seem to be much going on to celebrate Valentine’s Day except that there were lots of red hearts around town. The hearts were made in the image of candy ones, with cute stencils like “MWF + SF.” Then there was the re-mailing program, by which non-Lovelanders could have their Valentines stamped at our post office, so that their cards would bare our auspicious name. No big dances, parades, or romantic gathering places, really, ever drew my attention.

This lovely piece was made for the "65 Roses" show by Mary Schaefer Benke

This lovely piece was made for the “65 Roses” show by Mary Schaefer Benke

“Love + Light” (Love and Light) is fairly new on the scene. This year is the third such show, and it happens at the same time Loveland is also hosting a snow sculpture show, and a local gallery does a fundraiser for Cystic Fibrosis research, in which artists paint roses. “65 Roses for Cystic Fibrosis,” an art show & auction run by my friend Billie Colson, has been raising money for the past several years. So, as a town, we’ve really stepped up our Valentine’s Day art game!

I wanted to show you some images from the Love + Light show because it really is unique and inspired. The artists in the show this year include my friends, Abbie Powers, G.Mark Lewis, Lynn Kincannon and Olivia Lowe. This year, we also have, all the way from Massachusetts, internationally recognized artist Chris Nelson. Nelson has created a site-specific installation.

This giant, breathing fabric piece was created by Abbie R. Powers.

This giant, breathing fabric piece was created by Abbie R. Powers.

It was my hope to publish this post on Valentine’s Day, but, alas, I spent my evening downtown, viewing and participating in the events. It was not as cold as last year, and the fire dancers and hot drinks, provided by Next Door restaurant, helped us warm up a bit. Of course, seeing lots of local artist and art-appreciating friends, and meeting a few new ones helped a lot, too. The show is open this evening for the final time, 6 – 9 p.m. Come on over!

Olivia Lowe and friends made an environment of words and windows for this year's show. Photo by Alana Brake, Lucky Brake Photography

Olivia Lowe and friends made an environment of words and windows for this year’s show. Photo by Alana Brake, Lucky Brake Photography

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About Mollie Walker Freeman

I am a fine art painter, & I am studying to be a health coach at the Institute of Integrative Nutrition.

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