February 7th, 2020

Glen Hawkins, “Lavendar Rose,” oil, 7″ x 9″

By Veronica Vale

Dear Gallery MAR collector,

Flowers and chocolates are lovely, but if you’re thinking of ways to truly “wow” this Valentine’s Day, we cannot think of a better way than through art. We invite you to show the one you love how special and unique they are with a one-of-a-kind work of art. After all, flowers will wilt, but art and love is forever.

For inspiration, we’ve curated a few of Gallery MAR’s most romantic pieces to put the art in heart this Valentine’s Day:

KOLLBAS, “Jo and Jolene,” mixed media, 48″ x 72″

The artist duo KOLLABS are already fans of a great pair, and their work shows it. This sweet bear couple, “Jo and Jolene” are our couple goals.

Bridgette Meinhold, “Blind Trust,” encaustic, 36″ x 54″

Local artist Bridgette Meinhold knows how to create a dreamy world, and the soft atmosphere and cotton candy hues of “Blind Trust” is no exception. The soft pearly pink of the sky and the misty blues along the horizon transport us to another realm, like strolling through an Austen novel. Meanwhile, those two trees in the foreground coupled with the sweet title, have us feeling all kinds of romantic.

Havoc Hendricks, “Emerald Geode,” mixed media, 43″ x 40″

With this dazzling piece by Havoc Hendricks, you can give your significant other brilliant gemstones AND fine art all in one. The emeralds and gold streaks of this mixed media piece have us swirling and swooning.

Nina Tichava, “I Hope This Song Will Guide You Home,” mixed media, 60″ x 48″

Nina Tichava’s masterfully crafted mixed media pieces blend together soothing colors, perfect lines, and organic shapes in beautiful harmony. Not only are her creations themselves gorgeous, but her delightfully romantic (often lyrical) titles keep us mesmerized. (Any music fans recognize this title?)

Jylian Gustlin, “Illustrus 35,” mixed media, 48″ x 48″

Jylian Gustlin’s figurative work pulsates with energy. Gustlin’s loose brush strokes and playful use of color bring this graceful dancer to life, and we can’t help but fall in love.

Jared Davis, “Desert Formation Spire – Red,” glass, 23.5″ x 14″ x 10″

The luminous ruby red glow of Jared Davis’s one-of-a-kind glass piece is bringing up all the heart imagery this Valentine’s Day. A photograph doesn’t do justice to just how gorgeous and intricately textured Jared Davis’ work. Plus, if you haven’t seen one of his glass pieces lit up by sunlight, stop by Gallery MAR to have your breath taken away.

Shawna Moore, “Agnition,” encaustic, 40″ x 30″

The rich depth of Shawna Moore’s work is created through layers upon layers of encaustic (sometimes up to 40 layers in a single piece!). The juicy reds and maroons of this piece truly heighten that feeling of richness and depth.

Joe Norman, “Love/Fear,” bronze, 9.5″ x 4″ x 4″

Perfectly sized for a bookshelf or dresser, Joe Norman’s shining bronze piece challenges us all to choose “love” over “fear.”

Fran Nicholson, “Pillow Talk,” bronze, 2.5″ x 4″ x 3.5″

Speaking of couple goals, these two sweet dogs in Fran Nicholson’s bronze piece “Pillow Talk” make us feel tender-hearted. Whether this piece brings to mind you and your significant other or simply your beloved furry friends, this pocket-sized piece makes for the ideal gift.

Matt Flint, “On the Water,” mixed media, 30″ x 42″

Give your partner the eternal symbol of love and grace with this work of art by Wyoming-based artist Matt Flint. These gorgeous swans swim in a lake of gestural strokes and moody colors, creating the most romantic ambiance for any room.

For even more brilliant pieces, stop by Gallery MAR (and bring your date!) Regardless, we hope these romantic works inspire you to show your loved ones everything they mean to you this Valentine’s Day.


Gallery MAR