What: Valentwe’en 2019
Where: Art Lofts Studio, 10 5th Street North, St. Petersburg (above Florida Craftart).
When: Please send inquiry of interest/image of piece by Jan. 30. Drop off: Feb. 2 10 – 12 or by appointment. Pick up: March 2, 10 – 12 or by appointment.
Contact: Brandy Stark
Details: There is never enough Halloween to last the year. Valentwe’en is an attempt to adjust for that by offering a fun and spooky new spring hoiday. It is a mash up of holidays and combines elements of Hallowe’en and Valentine’s Day. It is heralded by the Grim Cupid and is a dark romantic holiday. Give your sweetheart a black calla lily and take a stroll on the local ghost walks. Give those you love your heart — (made of chocolate and sweets, of course). Create a Valentwine in the vein of the classic poem: Roses are red, violets are blue, blood is sweet and so are you! Dress as your favorite couple — Mortica and Gomez, Audrey and Seymore, or, for more contemporary couples, Bella and Edward (or, if you are team Jacob, get your wolf on!). If your Valentwe’en is solo, wear your best goth to the party.
This year, Valentwe’en will be celebrated in the form of an art show — show us your Victorian best! Artists are welcome to enter 1 work per person, free of charge. Sales should be worked out between artist and patron, and all funds go to the artist. There are also a limited number of wooden 5 inch wooden coffins that artists may make into Valentwines. Coffins will be provided to artists to decorate as they wish and sales will be split with the SPIRITS of St. Petersburg, the co-hosts of this event, to help cover costs for the event.
The show will run from Feb. 2 to March 1, with an opening reception coinciding with the art walk, 5 – 9 Feb. 9. Artists are encouraged to attend.
Prizes will be awarded for first, second and third place. This year’s judge is none other than this master of ceremonies, Dr. Paul Bearer! To see his take on this event, please check out the Valentwe’en video here: https://drive.google.com/file/d/13BU5QQ9AyUHmd1sbL73JhKUvg5Zd6An0/view
To follow more on the event, please check out the Grim Cupid’s Facebook page here: https://www.facebook.com/theGrimCupid/?modal=suggested_action¬if_id=1545876331651639¬if_t=page_user_activity
We lurk forward to working with you! Help make Valentwe’en a St. Petersburg tradition!