Gwinnett residents strolling along Main Street in Duluth this evening might be pleasantly surprised when given a long-stem rose by an old-fashioned street peddler.
The roses are just one way the Duluth Fine Arts League hopes to create an ambiance of romance surrounding its First Friday Art Walk.
Visitors to the downtown area can enjoy "The Art of Romance" early in anticipation of Valentine's Day, which is a little more than a week away.
Inside the Duluth Art Gallery at 7, 7:30, 8 and 8:30 p.m. tonight, local actor Curt Cloninger will conjure the romance of lovers of the past, reciting famous love letters, poems and quotes about love.
Those who attend the Art Walk are invited to visit participating merchants handing out conversation hearts bearing words and phrases that can be used to create a sentence. The person who puts together what is determined to be the most creative sentence will receive a prize.
"(Guests have) got to visit all of (the merchants) to get some good verbs, nouns and adjectives," said Shelley Howard, who organizes the monthly walks.
At the downtown bistro Chocolate Perks, one of the participating merchants, guests can take in work by Lawrenceville photographer Alan Darmody in an exhibit titled "UP." Darmody has selected some of his favorite photographs from his travels and some taken locally to represent the perspective of looking up.
"It's kind of fun to have an outlet for some of the art stuff I do for fun when I travel," Darmody said. "(There) may be some hope in the photos, but that's perspective. It's really organic. There's trees and birds and sky."
Darmody will be on hand at Chocolate Perks during Friday's Art Walk, which will be held from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. to meet and greet guests.
For more information on tonight's events in downtown Duluth, visit the art league's Web site at www.artsduluth.org.