Valentine's Day Weekend in Metro Phoenix: 10 Artsy Things to Do

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Love Letters February 13 R. Pela Contemporary Art

Hear essays about love and romance crafted by diverse assortment of local writers (including New Times contributors Katie Johnson and Jason Woodbury), theater types, and other deep thinkers during the Love Letters literary event at R. Pela Contemporary Gallery, owned by New Times contributor Robrt Pela, where you can also explore an exhibition titled "Forever Yours: New Works by Christy Puetz and Paul Wilson," who present their creative takes on love in the age of venereal disease.

Return on February 14 for a two-hour Social Disease Brooch Workshop with Puetz and you can create a VD-inspired decorative brooch or tie pin while drinking a glass of wine and waxing poetic about all the ways venereal diseases get your creative juices flowing. Love Letters tickets are $10; Puetz workshop reservations are $15.

Find more information on the R. Pela Contemporary Art website.

Opening Reception February 13 Mesa Contemporary Arts

Immerse yourself and your sweetie in eclectic art offerings in five galleries at Mesa Contemporary Arts, which presents an opening reception for its spring shows that's perfectly timed for those who find a good art fix really gets the heart pounding. The reception celebrates the February 13 opening for MCA's "36th Annual Contemporary Crafts" and "Beaded, Not Broken" exhibitions -- as well as three continuing exhibitions featuring works by Charity Hall, Julie Comnick, and Diane Gilbert. The free event includes musical performance, light refreshments and cash bar, and time with exhibiting artists. While you're in the area, stroll along Main Street to explore sculptures, new IN FLUX public art installations, and downtown Mesa's Friday Night Out event. Find more information on the Mesa Arts Center website.

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Lynn Trimble is an award-winning freelance writer and photographer specializing in arts and culture, including visual and performing arts
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