Celebrate — Or Don’t Celebrate — Valentine’s Day With Some Art!

Ah, Valentine’s Day — a dreaded holiday for some and the ultimate heart-warming day for others. In either situation, though, viewing some diverse art is a good remedy. Here are some good shows taking place on Friday the 12th, in Portland and Seattle. They’re group shows that show that it’s not just about selfish relationships on Valentine’s Day! Community love’s worth something, too.

SEATTLE – ARTIFAKT SHOW

Yet another event from Seattle art collective Artifakt


Damager by Grym.


Terror by BeeryMethod.

[PICTURE LINK EXPIRED] Lutjanus campechanus by Crystal Barbre. Oil on canvas. 42″ x 72″.


Matroyshka Dolls by iamintricate.

PORTLAND – LOVE SHOW

For the fifth year in a row, the Portland Love Show will be taking place this year at the Olympic Mills Commerce Center (107 SE Washington St.) from 7:00pm to 12:00am.

Here are just some of our favorite pieces showing this year.


Inevitable by BMAC. 16″ x 20″, $100.


Love and Lust Contemplating Their Predicament by Chuck E. Bloom. 14″ x 18″, $950.


Tied by Kindra Crick. Encaustic mixed media. 10″ x 8″, $180.


last of the famous international playboys by John Gajowski. 17″ x 22″, $250.

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Vivian Hua 華婷婷

Vivian Hua 華婷婷 (they/she) is a writer, filmmaker, and organizer. As the Executive Director of Northwest Film Forum in Seattle and Editor-in-Chief of the interdisciplinary arts publication, REDEFINE, much of their work unifies their metaphysical interests with their belief that art can positively transform the self and society. Vivian regularly shares human-centered stories through their storytelling newsletter, RAMBLIN’ WITH VEE! In 2021, they will begin production on a BIPOC metaphysical comedy film entitled RECKLESS SPIRITS. They are passionate about cultural spaces, sustainable practices, and finding ways to covertly and overtly disrupt oppressive structures. YEAH!

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