Love is in the Air at Frank Bette Center

Courtesy photo    Carol Squicci’s oil painting hangs as part of Love is in the Air at the Frank Better Center for the Arts.

Through the snappy February air, blows a wind, breeze, zephyr, gust — enough to blow down the border wall or fill the hearts of patrons to the Frank Better Center for the Arts (FBCA) with harmonious bliss.

Margaret Fago and Andrea Bishop showed interpretations of clouds scudding across the sky. One can nearly conjure the smell of loamy grasses and first blossoms carried there.

Sweet treats and bouquets are often offered to a Valentine. Carol Squicci’s small oil painting of candies in a heart shaped box is relatable to all who have ever bit into a chocolate without knowing what was in the center, didn’t care for it but, by then it was too late to put it back.

Nancy Brandt’s “Kiss Cake” is a dense-pink collage full of visual detail and layers of surprise.

Monica Satterthwaite shows a large, masterful watercolor of roses, roses over, under, behind roses. She mixed dozens of colors in the pink family and laid them down with authority in this elegant, extravagant bouquet.

I’ve heard people say they hate Valentine’s Day because if you don’t have a sweetheart, it’s depressing but if you do, the expectations are intimidatingly high. Ros Harper shows a darkly evocative watercolor called “Love Gone Wrong.” It shows a street at night, probably raining. The only warmth is in the golden spots of light in other people’s houses and the headlights of other people’s cars with someplace to go. “My Mama told me there’d be days like this.”

Barbara DiSalvo worked heart themes into both the soft medium of torn handmade paper and the hardness of fused glass containing tiny embedded red hearts that could be broken.

In the backroom, Elizabeth Kueny works in the manner of an aesthetic therapist. She is attracted to discarded and decaying items that she takes apart, reforms, transforms and re-imagines into newly intact art pieces of subtle beauty. Cardboard, packing materials, used tea bags are given a second, elevated life.

The show hangs through Saturday, March 28. FBCA is open Thursday through Sunday, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., and is located at 1601 Paru St. For more information, call 
523-6957 or see