Deadline: January 30

Art Lofts Studio in downtown St. Petersburg is accepting submissions for Valentwe’en 2021: Word of Mouth.

There is never enough Halloween to last the year. Valentwe’en is an attempt to adjust for that by offering a fun and spooky new spring holiday. It is a mash up of holidays and combines elements of Hallowe’en and Valentine’s Day. It is heralded by the Grim Cupid and is a dark romantic holiday.

Now in its 6th year, 2021 features the theme, “Word of Mouth” – the one part of the body we have largely not seen since March 2020.

Visual artists should submit works for jury approval to Brandy Stark at Up to five works may be submitted, though only 1 work per artist will be shown. Cost of entry is $10 for each participant, and the entry fees will be used to fund cash awards for First, Second, and Third places, and a Most SPIRITed (most on theme) Award. Art sales are direct to the artist and no commission is taken.

In addition to visual art, we are looking for the following. . .

Artists who make and sell masks may inquire about setting up a small table to sell their wares to anyone who wishes to purchase a mask.

Literary artists are also encouraged to apply this year.

And as part of the word of mouth element, we wish to bring in the spoken word. Entrants must be willing to have a printed copy of their poem placed with the show, and to read the poem during the reception. A secondary element may be included with this year’s event: customized poems written for patrons. Literary artists willing to create spontaneous poems may set their own prices per poem.


Selected participants should also prepare at least 1 “Valentwine” – a small poem or artwork (sticker, miniature print, doodle, sketch) along the Valentwe’en theme to give to a patron. Participants may select anyone to whom they wish to give their Valentwine.

The show will run from February 12 to March 1, with an opening reception coinciding with Second Saturday ArtWalk, from 5-9 pm on February 13. In order to maintain social distancing standards, we will have part of the reception outside.

Artists who submit works should indicate if they have a way to display their work outside (via easels or pedestals; and any form of lighting) for the reception period ONLY. After the reception, all works will be brought back into the ArtLofts gallery.

All attendees are REQUIRED to wear masks and numbers of people inside the building will be limited to allow for a steady flow of individuals. Hand sanitizer stations are available inside ArtLofts, and artists are encouraged to bring their own supplies as well.

To follow the event, please check out the Grim Cupid’s Facebook page.