Valentine’s Day is here again!

If you and your sweetie are looking for something different to do this Valentine’s Day, consider going out to one of the many art shows happening in town. Portland is a mecca for artists and some truly amazing art, so no matter what neck of the woods you live in, there’s sure to be an art show close by to take your honey bun.  


Ford Gallery is hosting The Love Show, a not-your-average show about love in all its forms—good, bad, or ugly. Over 200 hundred local artists are featured in this event, where they were invited to dig deep into the mysteries of love and expose what love means to them. The Ford Gallery is attached to Ford Food and Drink, so you can grab dinner after checking out the art.

6 a.m. to 8 p.m.
2505 SE 11th Ave (and Division)

Check out these nearby murals too:
Large Banana at 1125 SE Division St.
Rhino at 1300 SE Morrison St.
Cats, Bunnys, Rhinos, and More at 407 SE Pine St.


Red E Cafe is hosting an event called Taking Shape. Red E Cafe is an art gallery/coffee shop hybrid, so you can grab a cup of coffee with your love while checking out the art.

6 a.m. to 8 p.m
1006 N Killingsworth St.

Check out this nearby mural while you’re in the area:
Keep Your Chin Up at 2127 NE Alberta St.


The Pearl District is famed for its many art galleries. These are just a few of the events happening on Valentine’s Day:

PDX Contemporary Art is showing Midnight Florist, a solo exhibition by local artist Justin L’Amie presenting floral still lifes with his own unique spin.

11 a.m. to 6 p.m.
925 NW Flanders St.

Gallery 903 presents The Shape of Things, new works by Washington state artist Tom Anderson, who creates his art using recycled materials such as copper, steel, aluminum, and brass.

10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.
903 NW Davis St.

Charles A. Hartman Fine Art Winter 2018 Group Exhibition presents several excellent works by various artists.

11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
134 NW 8th Ave.

If you have time left over, check out this mural:
Zebra Stripe at 722 NW Glisan St.


Littman and White Galleries at Portland State University presents Rainbow Utopia. “Rainbow Utopia invites its viewers to breathe in crystalline color and dream the possibility of a supremely liberated and ecstatic existence with no means of denying the despair in our universe, but with intention of instilling harmony and inspiration in its midst.”  

12 p.m. to 5 p.m.
1824 SW Broadway (second floor of Smith Memorial Student Union)

It’s hard to walk anywhere downtown without catching sight of some breathtaking art in the form of murals, statues, and giant sculptures like Portlandia on 6th and Main. Keep your head up and you won’t miss them.

There’s no need to miss out on seeing gorgeous art if you’d prefer to stay in. Give your sweets The Tall Trees of Portland for Valentine’s Day (or the whole set!) and they can experience art right in their lap.

Got kids? Ice Cream Work and Tolly are two beautifully made children’s books your kiddos can devour without getting cavities.

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