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Heart and art

Linda Boman, 57 or Mount Pleasant, and her grandson Dominic, 8, ponder which pieces of art they will take home from Spectrum School of the Arts and Gallery on Saturday, Feb. 8, 2014, as they check out the gallery’s newest exhibition “Wear a Heart — Get Some Art.” Those who attend the Valentine’s Day-themed exhibition wearing a heart can pick out a free piece of art made by an artist at the school, located in the DeKoven Center, 600 21st St. / AARON KNAPP / Buy this photo at

RACINE — For those who show their Valentine’s Day spirit at Spectrum School of the Arts and Gallery, artists from the school will return the love this month by offering some of their pieces for free.

It’s part of the school’s latest exhibit, “Wear a Heart — Get Some Art,” which opened Saturday and will run through March 2.

As visitors trickled in and out of the gallery in the DeKoven Center, 600 21st St., on a snowy opening afternoon, they were greeted by seasonally dressed school artists, or “heart police,” who checked to see if everyone was wearing a heart and giving heart stickers to those who were not.

Each visitor wearing a heart to the gallery during the exhibit’s run will be able to choose piece of art to take home with them for free, ranging from paintings, pottery and photographs, according to Denise Zingg, director of the school and gallery.

She said gallery differentiates itself from other galleries by letting artists choose what work goes into exhibitions and letting visitors determine which art they appreciate.

“Where others like to have juries, we like to let people decide what they like,” Zingg said.

The “Wear a Heart — Get Some Art” exhibit is situated in one of the galleries rooms and includes art on display on walls and the pieces for visitors to take home on a set of tables in the middle of the room.

Although Zingg said the art to take home is only available while supplies last, she explained that she and some of the other contributing artists will continue to make more pieces to give away throughout the exhibit’s run.

If You Go

The “Wear a Heart — Get Some Art” exhibit at Spectrum School of the Arts and Gallery will run during the gallery’s regular hours — 12-5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday — or by appointment, through March 2.

The gallery is located on the east side (lakefront) of the DeKoven Center grounds, 600 21st St.

Anyone who attends the exhibit wearing a heart can choose a free piece of art to take home while supplies last. Those not wearing a heart will be given one.

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