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  • Courtesy photos Peter Bremers' pink, icy sculpture is a favorite among visitors to the Fort Wayne Museum of Art.

  • Michelle Murray’s “Mystery” is part of Castle Gallery’s “Valentine’s Invitational.”

  • Courtesy CW Mundy’s oil painting “Roses” is a popular piece this time of year at Castle Gallery.

  • A bronze sculpture by Milton Hebald called “The Dancer” is considered a romantic piece for couples to view at Fort Wayne Museum of Art.

  • Amanda Shepard, Fort Wayne Museum of Art vice president and chief operating officer, describes Bremers’ work as “eye candy.”  

Tuesday, February 13, 2018 1:00 am

Romantic pieces of art

Trip to museum, gallery perfect date for Valentine's Day

TERRI RICHARDSON | The Journal Gazette

There's no doubt that many of the world's best-known artwork was inspired by love and romance. So this Valentine's Day, why not take a cue from the masters and treat your loved one to art that will be both inspirational and romantic.

Artwork tends to capture different facets of romantic love, which is probably why OverstockArt.com tends to see a surge in traffic of its Romantic Art Gallery as Valentine's Day approaches.

The online distributor of hand-painted fine art reproductions listed its top 10 most popular romantic paintings. No. 1 on the list? Gustav Klimt's “The Kiss,” which as you guessed, shows a couple kissing.

Also, on the list is another kissing painting by Francesco Hayez, which too is called “The Kiss,” and “Discarded Roses” by Pierre-Auguste Renoir. And while you may not be able to afford a real Renoir, a gift of that reproduction is just as nice. Or, you could take your sweetheart to some local art galleries for an up-close art experience.

Amanda Shepard doesn't have to think too long when asked about romantic pieces on exhibit at the Fort Wayne Museum of Art.

Shepard, vice president and chief operating officer, suggests patrons view a bronze sculpture by Milton Hebald called “The Dancer.” The woman is twirling her dress around and is a romantic-looking figure, Shepard says. “She is quite beautiful and very graceful,” she says.

Another must-see and apparently popular with many visitors is the work of sculptor Peter Bremers, whose glass sculptures are on display through Sunday, Shepard says. 

Shepard says one of Bremers' pieces is a big, pink, shiny sculpture that looks kind of icy and sparkly. “It's eye candy,” Shepard says of Bremers' work. “I think anybody would like that.”

Valentine's Day is a big holiday for the Castle Gallery at 1202 W. Wayne St. It's also a big day for owners Jody Hemphill Smith and her husband, Mark Paul Smith, who like to celebrate the day together, Hemphill Smith says.

It's one of the reasons she enjoys the gallery's annual “Valentine's Invitational,” which will be on display through March 3. This is its 23rd year, Hemphill Smith says.

The fact that the gallery, located in a 1900s home that was the former site of the Fort Wayne Museum of Art, offers a more cozy and historical setting is a plus for those celebrating the day. 

Hemphill Smith says the Valentine's exhibit has become a tradition for some people. “It's just a good day of love,” she says.

Artists have submitted work that invokes the romance of the holiday, Hemphill Smith says. And while there are paintings of roses and other symbols of Valentine's, “not everyone wants hearts and flowers,” she says. There also are paintings of landscapes and other scenes that are romantic in a different way, she says.

And if you don't have a date for Valentine's Day, Hemphill Smith suggests that people still come and look at the art. After all, you may meet someone while there, she says. “It's definitely a place to go if you are single.”

trich@jg.net