Exhibit to showcase Valentine’s Day inspired art


By Nancy Edwards

Looking to impress your Valentine’s date with a fun alternative to the typical dinner-and-a-movie? Check out the art exhibit titled Love, Lust & Poetry.

The free artwork-and poetry-themed event is “supposed to be fun and quirky and push the envelope a little bit in Hamilton County but not have anything too racy,” Ailither McGill, director of Nickel Plate Arts, said.

The exhibit will debut during an open house at the art gallery’s new location at 107 S. 8th St. in Noblesville on Feb. 14, from 5 to 8 p.m.  In addition to visual art, the event features poetry readings from Noblesville High School students and local residents from Polk Street Review, an annual literary review of Noblesville writers (www.polkstreetview.org).

Those without a date may be interested in the anti-Valentine’s Day event on Feb. 15, also from 5 to 8 p.m. The difference, besides a $5 fee, is that the “content of poetry will be snarkier and tongue-in-cheek and focused on how different people’s experiences have been,” McGill added.

Nickel Plate Arts is seeking artists to display their romantic, if not lustful, inspiration for the event. Those interested in submitting work should also include the title, price and a short explanation of how their submission fits the theme of the exhibit. Artists may submit their work to [email protected]. The deadline for submission is 4 p.m. on Feb. 1.

Artists must be at or over the age of 15 and an Indiana resident or student. Preference will be given to those who live or work in Hamilton County.

Artists will be contacted by 5 p.m. on Feb. 5 if their piece(s) have been accepted into the show. Accepted artwork should be dropped off on Feb. 7 or 8 from noon to 5 p.m.

The exhibit will be open to the public on subsequent Thursdays and Fridays from noon to 5 p.m. and Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. through March 30. For more questions or information, contact McGill at [email protected].