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Valentine’s Day at Nickel Plate Arts is no typical “Hallmark holiday.” Art-infused events and activities for singles, couples, children and groups go way beyond candy hearts and red roses this February. Come to one of our Date Nights, enjoy a full day of family-friendly fun, see our Paint the Town Red exhibit and more.

2018 Details

Paint the Town Red Exhibit, February 2-24

Paint the Town Red

February 2-24, Wed.-Fri., 12-5 p.m.; Sat. 10 a.m.-5 p.m.

Judge Stone House


When we think of February, we think of Valentine’s Day; and when we think of Valentine’s Day, we think of the color red. Why? Red hearts, red roses, red wrappers on fancy chocolates… the list goes on and on. Red is the color of passionate love and the color of fire among many things, so we thought it only appropriate to devote our February exhibit to exploring this provocative color. Our “Paint the Town Red” exhibit will showcase the works of Community Artists from our area. Artists from a wide variety of backgrounds and styles will display works in a range of mediums that showcase different shades of red. “Paint the Town Red” will be on display from February 2 – 24 with  most works for sale. Nickel Plate Arts will host a special opening reception on Friday, February 2 from 6-9pm with live music, refreshments, drinks, and more. After the reception, the exhibit will be viewable during normal gallery hours, Wed – Fri from noon – 5pm and Saturday from 10am – 5pm.

Family Valentine’s Day, February 10, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.

Creatives of all ages are encouraged to drop by to create Valentine’s Day-themed arts and crafts, inspired by famous works of art. Paint, build, collage and more, and make a masterpiece for the person you love most!  We’ll have sweet treats and many craft projects to appeal to artists of any age and skill level!

Regular Craft Project: $5

Large Craft Project: $10

Unlimited Crafts: $20

Register in advance by clicking here.

Date Nights, Feb. 14, 15, & 16, 6-9 p.m.


Make this the most creative stop on your Valentine’s Day! Enjoy artist-led art projects for two, live performances, local wine & beer, hor d’oeuvres, and more. This is a unique and artsy way to celebrate Valentine’s Day with your sweet!!

$10/activity for two, or all 6 activities for $50 (why choose … they all sound like so much fun!)

~ ‘Instant Ukulele’ lessons with Geoff Davis
~ Oversized cupcake decorating with College Fund Cupcakes
~ Create complimentary ceramic tiles with Kristina Oliver
~ Evoke poetry collages with Alys Caviness-Gober
~ Design puzzle hearts with Debby Bauman
~ Create an essential oil infuser with Kat Ho

Click here to sign up. We look forward to seeing you!

NEW THIS YEAR: Caravan Classes is teaming up with us to offer Date Night Drop Off!  Your kids can have artsy fun at Caravan Classes while you make art with us!  $28/child, registration required – call 317-452-3690

Get Involved

We’re weaving together the fabric of our community. Add your thread during our Valentine’s Day celebrations as an attendee or sponsor!

We’re Blushing

“I loved that each activity involved a bit of creativity. You don’t usually go out on a Friday night and paint together or write poetry, so it was awesome to share that kind of experience. Way more interesting than the typical “dinner and candy” Valentine’s Day that a lot of people do.”

– Kelli Yates –

“So much fun! We went with friends and had a totally different Valentine’s Day experience from just doing dinner and a movie. Great crafts and a great time! Definitely will be going again this year.”

– Mike and Linda Felix, attended Date Night –

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