Missouri Artists On Main
315-321 South Main Street, St. Charles, MO
Necklace by MAOM jeweler Donna Knox
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.
Chain mail necklace by MAOM jewler Melanie Hancock
Hand painted and dyed silk scarves by various MAOM artists.
Earrings by MAOM jewler Kathryn Leventhal-Arnold
Boxes by MAOM wood artist Vic Barr
Wearable art by MAOM master weaver / fiber artists Judith Drew
Perhaps the perfect gift would be a workshop or multi-week class at the gallery. Please visit http://www.maomgallery.com/art-classes-.html for a list of all upcoming classes.