Valentine’s Day Gift Guide

By Jill Carlson, AKMA Marketing and Communications Manager

Valentine’s Day is just around the corner, and you might be looking for ways to show you love and admiration for people around you. You’re in luck because the Albrecht-Kemper has a variety of items for everyone on your list. Here are four ways to show the love this February.

1. Gift…a smile

Bring a smile to their face with a special gift that says “I saw this and I thought of you!” These new items in the AKMA Museum Store are a bright pick-me-up even when it’s gray outside.

Brenda Haley handcrafted silk and beaded pins, $24

2022 calendars with artwork by Candace Castle, $35

Billie Sowell handmade quilted greeting cards, $7 – and yes, they can be mailed!

Angie Pickman mug, $13

Frida Kahlo zippered pouch, $12

2. Gift…new skills

The Painted Poster Study Workshop with Cody Wheelock

Friday, February 18, 2022 from 11:00 AM – 5:00 PM

Learn how you can vastly improve your paintings by developing a consistent poster study practice. A poster study is a small, quickly executed painting that captures the essence of a subject. Instructor Cody Wheelock will introduce students to the concept of poster studies, provide demonstrations and explain how to set up your own practice. Students will experiment with creating poster studies of their own with guidance from the instructor. While Cody will be demonstrating with oil paint, any paint media is acceptable for this workshop.

Colored Pencil Happy Hour with Wanda Taylor

Thursdays in March/April 2022, 5:30 – 7:30 PM

$35 per class or $160 for all five classes

An adult coloring class? Yes, please! Learn something new with colored pencil master Wanda Taylor. Join us Thursday evenings in March and April to relax, unwind, have a drink, and experiment with colored pencil drawing. Award-winning artist Wanda Taylor will walk you through the process step by step, layer by layer, as you learn her methods in colored pencil. This class will run Thursdays, March 17 through April 14, 2022 for five weeks.

Kids Media Mix-Up

Tuesdays during the school year through May 24, 2022, 4:30 – 6:00 pm

$12 per class / $60 for 6-class punch card (includes art supplies/materials)

Put your imagination to work by using different mediums to create unique artwork.  With a new project each week, students will construct, paint, and assemble projects ranging from sculptures, paintings, prints, and mixed media pieces – featuring Collection Connections with the AKMA permanent collection.  Perfect after school class for children ages 6-12.

3. Gift…a night to remember

Valentine’s Day Dinner at the AKMA

Saturday, February 12, 2022

Dine in at 6:00 PM, take out available for pick up from 5:30 – 6:00 pm

$75 per person

Show love for your sweetheart with a special dinner crafted by Chef Ralph from Luna’s Fine Dining. Your gourmet meal will include appetizers, three courses, and a glass of bubbly. Reserve for a couple or bring a group, private rooms available. Spaces are limited for this exclusive and unique event! A take-out option is available. Call to reserve and please note any dietary restrictions: (816) 233-7003.

4. Gift…time well spent

Lastly, if we’ve learned anything over the past two years, it’s that we have to live life to the fullest – and spend time with the ones we love the most.

The AKMA is a safe place to spend time with that special someone, whether it is during one of our FREE monthly After Hours events (4th Tuesday of the month from 5:00 to 7:00 pm), exploring a new exhibition, telling your story through artwork, or being a catalyst in this community for others.

We cannot do this alone. AKMA members fuel our mission and make it possible for us to keep our doors open and welcome over 11,000 visitors each year. AKMA memberships start at just $15 per year for a student – and can even be paid in small monthly automatic payments starting at only $5 a month. When you are an AKMA member, you support a vibrant arts community.

Be part of our momentum in 2022.