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'Love at the Glove' 2020 is set for Feb. 14

'Love at the Glove' 2020 is set for Feb. 14

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Love at the Glove

Visitors to the Surplus Gallery peruse Valentine's Day-themed art at Love at the Glove in 2011. 

CARBONDALE — Bill Sieber, a third-year graduate student in Southern Illinois University Carbondale’s Master of Fine Arts program, couldn’t have sculpted a better night for the annual “Love at the Glove” Valentine’s Day art show tradition.

The student-run art show is back — and the traditional Friday event this year actually falls on Valentine’s Day, Feb. 14. While that could present some dinner-reservation issues for some couples, Sieber figures many will plan their date night around the beloved art event.

Love at the Glove is an event that is dedicated to “matters of the heart.” The one-night event features art and performances by SIU students, faculty and community members.

The theme this year is “Love in All of its Manifestations.”

The event is set for 7 to 10 p.m. Feb. 14, at the Surplus Gallery inside the Glove Factory Studio Arts Building, at 432 S. Washington St. in Carbondale. Price for admission is $5. Separately, visitors also will have the opportunity to support The Women's Center in Carbondale with donations of canned and nonperishable food items, toiletries and hygiene products for its clients.

Bringing it back to life

This is the 21st year of “Love,” though it took a hiatus, and was resurrected in 2018 by Critical Forum, the creative arts registered student organization.

Sieber, who also earned his undergraduate degree in glass from SIU, noted the event has long been “probably the most popular art show for the community to engage with art. It’s a really great time for everyone.”

The art can be adult-themed and intended for mature audiences. Many pieces also have tongue-in-check humor, so the event is not, therefore, suitable for children or minors.

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