/ Modified feb 14, 2012 5:13 p.m.

Poetry Center Reinvents the Valentine

Artists paired off to take laces and hearts to new level

021312_Be_Mine_617_347 Artists Patricia Katchur and Valerie Galloway share their new concepts of the valentine, which are showing in the U of A's Poetry Center exhibition.

Valentine's Day can stir mixed emotions in people. What some view as the perfect day to express their sentiments of love is seen as over-commercialized and artificial by others.

A new exhibit at the University of Arizona's Poetry Center shows the results of local artists trying their hands at re-considering the concept of the valentine. What they come up with is on exhibit at the center,

"I knew I wanted to do something figurative, and I like working with the female form," artist Valerie Galloway says. "I just happened to be working on a series of these antique porcelain dolls. I just like the idea of a female figure, but nontraditional. She's beautiful but her arms aren't there."

Artist Patricia Katchur also was involved in the project and says she collaborated with a poet to produce their unusual artwork.

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