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Be the star in your Love Story with ‘Heart Art’ from Art Under the Umbrellas at Old Town La Quinta, February 9th

With Valentine’s Day just around the corner, Art Under the Umbrellas – the Valley’s best loved single day  art event – offers the perfect solution to select something special for someone special, Saturday, February 9th at Old Town La Quinta.  Event hours are from 10 am to 4 pm.  Admission and parking is free.

 Feel the love from 80 Southern California artists displaying their original creations in a dazzling array of media for sale along the streets and lawn of Old Town La Quinta. Live music by Steve Madaio & Friends will entertain art patrons throughout the day as they stroll the art-lined streets, and visit Old Town’s many boutique shops and restaurants.

 You’ll never have to say you’re sorry with Jewelry — the February 9thth event will showcase 18 fantastic Jewelry Artists with silver and gold and gems and beads in every price range that are sure to WOW.  Gems are the specialty of Lorraine Hornby, a  Certified Gemologist from Laguna Beach.   Check out Jeweler Sarah Anderson’s booth for hand hammered and burnished gold bead heart necklace, and you can’t go wrong with one of Kathy Caldwell’s stunning Sterling Silver pieces. Janice Osborne has affordable sparkling dichroic glass pendants which make a great BFF gift, as will a colorful something from Darlene Goins, one of Art Under the Umbrella’s most unforgettable characters!  

 Valentine inspired Hearts will prevail this day in several media types – the most special one being Hannie Goldgewicht’s “Red Heart” Ceramic Vessel. The piece is hand thrown on a potter’s wheel, and then finished with patinas and weaved on the rim with pine needles. It was one of four pieces of Hannies’ selected by the The Cheongju International Craft Biennale 2011 in Korea where she was invited to be an artist representing the USA. It’s a fabulous gift with a great story behind it.

 Set the mood with a painting, the firey passion represented in Richard Daniels abstract alchemy using metallic paints, solvents and acrylic, or the lovely Plein Air settings from Robert Ferguson evoking tender memories of near and distant travels. 

 For romantics with commitment issues, metal, glass or bronze may save the day.  Check out Ric and Tim Vigallon’s metal heart wall sculptures, Jason McQuaid and Marcus Theising’s blown, sculpted glass hearts, and the whimsical bronze musings of Nobe Babayan.

 Looking for something more adventurous……there is nothing more evocative than silk against the skin…and wearing one of Virginia Akin’s hand painted kimonos, wraps and scarves will reignite even the oldest of flames.

 There’s sure to be something to make your heart throb at Art Under the Umbrellas!

 Old Town La Quinta is located in the Village of La Quinta. Take Washington Street south; go west on Calle Tampico for two blocks. Old Town La Quinta will be on the left. For more information, visit or call 760-564-1244.