What could be a more romantic way to celebrate a “Hugs and Love” Valentine’s Day theme than by covering strawberries, fruit, candy and yes even bacon with rich dark chocolate flowing from a fountain? Maybe more chocolate and desserts? Maybe selecting some romantic art in the form of hearts, flowers and/or romantic landscapes? The Local Color Art Gallery held it’s Friday open house art-walk with all of those things. Seven local artists, Betty Newman, Lindy Kowalczyk, Bonnie Hauke, Karen Swanker, Malenda Trick, Judy Chinski and newest addition to the gallery – Sandra Esham provided not only the decadent snacks, but also were on hand to show their newest art. Attendance was strong as the gallery has built a reputation on the uniqueness of its first Friday hospitality, tasty refreshments and unique artwork. For more information about the gallery, visit

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