Cupid Crawl Mixes Arts, Valentine’s Day

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February 08, 2019
Daily News-Record  2/8/19
HARRISONBURG — The Arts Council of the Valley is offering couples a different way to celebrate Valentine’s Day.
The second annual Cupid Crawl takes participants on a guided tour through downtown Harrisonburg’s art scene with opportunities to interact with local artists on Feb. 14 from 5 to 9 p.m. Each venue includes drinks and appetizers.
The Cupid Crawl aims to celebrate Valentine’s Day “in a fun, festive, artful way,” said Jenny Burden, executive director of the Arts Council of the Valley.
The crawl begins at the arts council’s Smith House Galleries, 311 S. Main St., for a cocktail hour, sponsored by Brown & Co. Hair Design.
“During that hour we’ll have cocktails and wine, hors d’oeuvres and we have some surprises for people,” Burden said.
Violinist David McCormick, the executive director of the Shenandoah Valley Bach Festival, will perform during the cocktail hour, along with the Harrisonburg Harmonizers, a barbershop-style men’s chorus.
Artist Patricia Hobbs will give a talk about her current exhibition at Smith House Galleries, “Impressions: Monotypes by Patricia Hobbs.” The show opened on First Friday and will be on display in the gallery until Feb. 22.
Guests will then move onto the next stop on the crawl.
“The entire tour is going to be led by Harrisonburg artist Laura Thompson,” Burden said. “She will be leading everyone up to Larkin Arts.”
Larkin Arts’ February exhibition is a regional juried show, which Cupid Crawl participants will view during another artist talk. Thompson is a painter, mixed media artist and local art teacher.
Drinks from Old Hill Hard Cider will be served along with food from The Golden Pony.
The group will then move to The Hub Coworking, at 128 W. Bruce St., for more artful merriment. Kirsten Moore, owner of The Hub, will give a presentation. Moore is a founder of the Sub Rosa Supper Club, a group that organizes small pop-up dinners around the city, and the former owner of Taste food truck.
“She will be talking about the culinary arts,” Burden said.
Barbara Gautcher, an artist and art educator, will also give a lecture about her work, which will be on display at The Hub.
By 7:30 p.m., the Cupid Crawl will move to its final destination: Pale Fire Brewing, at 217 S. Liberty St. A band will perform at Pale Fire starting at 8 p.m., once guests get their fill of beer and desserts.
“It’s a unique way to celebrate Valentine’s Day,” Burden said. “It’s different from the
usual Valentine’s Day dinner.”
The Cupid Crawl acts as a fundraiser for the Arts Council, a nonprofit established in 2000 to promote the arts in Harrisonburg and Rockingham County. The arts council operates Court Square Theater and Smith House Galleries, organizes First Fridays Downtown, and sponsors art projects through a grant program.
The proceeds from the event help the arts council fulfill its mission to cultivate the arts and connect communities, Burden said. The deadline to sign up is Feb. 12. Individual tickets are $50, or $90 per couple. Student tickets are $40 individually or $75 per couple. For more information, visit