Known as the Sweetheart City, Loveland is proud of its heritage, including the annual Valentine Re-mailing Program, which reroutes valentines sent in from across the nation with its hearts-and-flowers postmark. But Loveland also has the Loveland Feed & Grain, a converted 1892 warehouse and grain elevator where the Arts @ The Feed & Grain program now flourishes. "We provide a place on the Loveland arts campus to support artists of all mediums, but especially for those creating installation art as performance," says artistic director Megan Tracy. "Feed & Grain, which started out as a real volunteer-run, grassroots place, has now grown to have a national exposure," she adds, noting that funding and sponsorships from the NEA, ArtPlace America, Artspace and the Community Foundation of Northern Colorado have all helped up the organization's visibility outside of northern Colorado.
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To show love for both claims to Loveland fame, Arts @ the Feed & Grain is hosting a three-night Love + Light celebration that will wash the facility's spaces in light, indoors and out, using light-graffiti installations, glassblowers, image mapping, fire spinners and other spectacular light sources. "Light is a versatile medium, and in these cold months, it gives the illusion of warmth," Tracy says. "This is just a way for the community to come out and celebrate the arts and the holiday."
Be amazed by Love + Light from 6 to 9 p.m. nightly today through Saturday at Feed & Grain, 130 West Third Street in Loveland; admission is a $5 suggested donation that benefits Arts @ Feed & Grain. One thing the facility presently lacks, Tracy notes, is heat; that said, don't forget to wear your hats and gloves. Go to lovelandfeedandgrain.com for details.
Feb. 13-15, 6-9 p.m., 2014