Valentine’s Day Date Tips for Artists (and the People Who Love Them)

Looking for something to do with your special someone this Valentine’s Day (even if that special someone is yourself)? While Valentine’s Day is not exactly the most popular holiday, and perhaps a hassle for many couples and singles, it’s still a decent excuse to spend some quality time together. While the dinner date might be getting a little old, there are plenty of art-related activities in Buffalo happening around Valentine’s Day, as well as plenty of ways artists (and the people who love them) who don’t live in Buffalo can also enjoy some time together for the holiday.

Here are some ideas I’ve come up with that will allow you to celebrate the arts, as well as each other:

Try something new.

Image courtesy of Paint the Town.
Image courtesy of Paint the Town.

Take a beginner’s dance class together, perhaps at Free Soul Dance & Fitness, founded by StreetPoetz blogger Kara Mann. Check out one of those painting classes you see all of your Facebook friends posting pictures from.

Paint the Town has paint and sip classes especially tailored for singles and couples alike for Valentine’s Day:

Locust Street Art provides free or low cost visual art classes for all ages. Creating something together, or trying a new challenge, can be fun for a relationship and keep things fresh and the creative ideas flowing.

Go to a concert.

For something odd but nonetheless incredibly entertaining, check out the Blue Man Group at Shea’s Performing Arts Center, where they have three different show times Valentine’s Day weekend.

The folk rock group The Felice Brothers will be at the Tralf Music Hall on February 12th, and trumpeter Chris Botti will be at Kleinhans Music Hall on February 13th.

Also performing on the 13th at the Tralf Music Hall, is an amazing lineup of artist’s performing at Will Holton’s Love Cadenza Part II.  Buffalo always has something to offer for your musical tastes, it’s just a matter of taking your pick.


Go see a movie.

For the comic book artist with a snarky sense of humor, perhaps you’ll see Deadpool, opening Valentine’s Day weekend. You could even make a stop to the comic book store after the movie (but know that it is not a kid-friendly film).

For the nostalgic artists who appreciate the quirky memories of childhood, see the 1971 film Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory, playing at the Riviera Theatre at 2pm on Valentine’s Day. You may want to sneak a couple chocolate bars in your pockets. Note that this is a kid-friendly film, as long as you disregard the boat scene that gave me nightmares as a child.

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Check out a local art gallery.

Take a romantic stroll through a local gallery or exhibit. Buffalo has plenty to offer, from the Monet exhibit at the Albright Knox Art Gallery or some the Burchfield Penney’s current offerings: an exhibit on Buffalo’s first African American architect, John E. Brent, and an A-Z Historical Survey of Women’s Artists.

You could also check out the Castellani Art Museum at Niagara University, which showcases contemporary artists as well as works of famous artists such as Picasso, Dali, and Warhol. Some other smaller galleries include the Glow Gallery in Allentown, Starlight Studio & Gallery, which showcases art made by people with disabilities, and the CEPA Gallery, which is a gallery for photography and visual arts. Not only would any of these places make a nice date, they would be an inconspicuous place to wander alone as well.

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Go to a poetry event.

If you’re more of a poet, try going to a local poetry slam, especially if you’ve never gone before.  Aminata Creations & Kafe’ InterNational is hosting a poetry night on February 14th at 7:30pm.

Flyer courtesy of Aminata Creations & Kafe' InterNational.
Flyer courtesy of Aminata Creations & Kafe’ InterNational.

Not from Buffalo? Search for some poetry events or open mics in your own area. You may be surprised by what events take place at cafes, restaurants, and bars in your area.

Explore a local bookstore.

If you’re of the literary sort, take your bookish sweetheart to a local bookstore. There’s Talking Leaves Books, which is independently owned and has an extensive poetry selection for all of your love poem needs. For something with the kind character only a used book can provide, check out Second Reader Bookshop for a unique pick.

Stay in.

Not the social type? Staying in can be equally as fun or romantic as you like. You try a new recipe together, listen to your favorite music, or watch your favorite film. You could even try making art together at home, with a couple or sketchbooks and some pencils, a canvas and some paint, a couple balls of clay, or a pen and paper. Or even better, if your creative styles clash, make it a competition. Just make sure to encourage one another when all of the competing is over.

Valentine’s Day can be a drag, even for people in love. But when you’re creative, it doesn’t have to be. Always think outside of the box, keeping your interests and creativity in mind. The important thing is being together, and if you’re alone, it’s about celebrating yourself. Hopefully these artistic ideas make your Valentine’s Day just a little bit more vibrant and fun.


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Hanna Etu

Hanna Etu is a Buffalo, New York native passionate about writing, literature, and travel. From a young age, she loved to read and write and attempted to write her own novels. This love for words has continued on into the rest of her life through constant writing. She is heavily influenced by the novels of Jane Austen and the dark humor of David Sedaris. Hanna graduated from Canisius College in the spring of 2015 with a degree in English, Creative Writing, and German. Throughout college, she began to focus more on creative nonfiction. She hopes to publish a few memoirs someday. She studied abroad at the Catholic University of Eichstätt in Bavaria, Germany in the spring semester of 2014. During her senior year of college, Hanna was the co-editor-in-chief of the Quadrangle, Canisius College’s literary and visual arts magazine. For Hanna, writing is about sharing a part of one’s creative soul. She sees writing as a way for creative people to show others little glimpses of their imagination that they would not be able to express otherwise. Hanna writes to acknowledge art, beauty, and new and interesting places and people.

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