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Blue Connection Fine Arts Gallery, located at 117 N. Water St. in Decatur, Ill., will host a SweetheARTS Valentine's Day show as part of its February After 5 Live event. The event is scheduled for Friday, Feb. 7 from 5 p.m. – 8 p.m. Ceramics, jewelry, and other fine art gifts will be on display as well as fresh floral designs from the Secret Garden of Decatur. Complimentary refreshments will be provided; the event is free and open to the public.

The featured artist for the February After 5 Live event is Sarah Kisly, a junior studio art major from Crystal Lake, Ill. Kisly's studio artwork features symmetrical and functional elements.

"When people purchase my art, I hope that it provides something beautiful to a space that wasn't as beautiful before," said Kisly. "I make every piece with love and happiness and that is what I hope it brings other people."

Darrah Hulva, a senior communication major from Forsyth, Ill., says, "This event allows you to pick a piece of fine art, the vase, and then choose a floral arrangement from the Secret Garden of Decatur to add to the beauty of Sarah Kisly's work. It's a unique gift for Valentine's Day."

Julienne Shields, instructor of entrepreneurship at Millikin University, says, "I'm excited to see the blending of beautiful art with florals. The idea for this show came from the current Blue Connection Gallery Team, and I look forward to a vibrant semester full of gallery exhibits."

Millikin's Arts & Entrepreneurship program provides performance-based business opportunities for students to exercise self-employment. The program utilizes student-run ventures to provide students live practice in developing, launching, and growing a business.

For further information on Millikin University's Blue Connection visit www.millikin.edu/blueconnection, or contact the gallery at 217.428.0112.
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Millikin University - Decatur, IL
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