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Bracelet by MAOM jeweler Kathy Craddock
St. Valentine is believed to have been a Roman priest who was martyred on February 14 around 270. How he became the patron saint of lovers remains a mystery, but one theory is that the Church used the day of St. Valentine’s martyrdom in an attempt to Christianize the old Roman Lupercallia, a pagan festival held around the middle of February.
In the late 1300s, we begin to find the first clear references to a tradition relating February 14, St. Valentine’s Day, to romantic love. Poems were composed for the event, the earliest being Chaucer’s Parliament of Fowls (c.1381), about rival bird-suitors quarreling on Valentine‘s Day. The first Valentine’s Day cards were handmade, but by the early nineteenth century, printed cards were common in England. When this fashion was exported to the United States in the 1840s, a veritable Valentine mania broke out.
Bowler, Gerry. “Valentine’s Day.” St. James Encyclopedia of Popular Culture. Ed. Thomas Riggs. 2nd ed. Vol. 5. Detroit: St. James Press, 2013. 222. Gale Virtual Reference Library.
Missouri Artist On Main offers a wonderful selection of gifts to celebrate the day.
Necklace by MAOM jeweler Ruth Rochester
Necklace by MAOM jeweler Donna Knox
Of course one needs a jewelry box to hold these treasures. Perhaps one of the creations of MAOM woodworker Vic Barr
However one wishes to celebrate St. Valentine’s Day Missouri Artist On Main can offer choices from jewelry to glass and from wood to silk scarves.
Perhaps coming in as a couple for a workshop or a class would be a perfect way to celebrate the day! Check the website http://www.maomgallery.com/Classes_and_Events.html for the list of upcoming classes.