Date Nights You Will He(art)

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Romantic dates to go on this summer!

Spark creativity with these artsy date night ideas.

Love might be messy, complicated and chaotic, but it’s also the most wonderful thing in the world. Think: a kaleidoscope of colors and emotions combined to produce something truly lovely a masterpiece of the heart.

Art, like love, is also unpredictable and beautiful. Whether you are on your first date or your 200th, doing something artsy with your boo is the perfect way to light a fire in your relationship! Learn more about each other while strolling through a gallery, discover how to express your feelings via paint on a canvas, and bond over dancing. The art scene is no longer just a place for the wealthy or for those who know how to properly use “namaste” in a sentence; it’s a place for lovebirds to connect, create and fall in love all over again (or for the first time).

Let There Be Art

Channel your inner painter at Let There Be Art, a mom-owned local studio. Come by during Open Studio (Thursdays from noon-8 p.m.) to let loose, have fun and use acrylic paints to make whatever your heart desires. Or stop by for Cheers Cocktails and Canvas (the second Tuesday of the month from 6:30-9:30 p.m.), where an experienced artist will guide you in making a stunning canvas picture of your own. On June 11, you can literally see sparks flying with your date, as everyone will be painting the crackling “Sparkler!” by Misty Cougill.

Made in Muncie Pottery

Capture memories in the form of pots, plates and vases at Made in Muncie Pottery. Start by choosing a bisque a once-fired, unglazed piece of pottery that is ready to be hand-painted and fired again. You can use brushes, sponges, stencils and other tools to help you get the right look. Afterward, your piece will be finished with a clear glaze, fired for several hours, cooled and ready for you to take home. Every time you see that uniquely painted monkey statue or drink from that hand-decorated mug, you will be reminded of your romantic night out.

David Owsley Museum of Art

Go from creating art to admiring it by taking your date to the David Owsley Museum of Art at Ball State University. This museum has an impressive collection for a local spot, with a range of works from different countries, ancient and medieval pieces, Renaissance artwork, modern paintings, European and American décor and furniture, paper works such as drawings, prints and photos, and more. Debate with your date on the meaning of Vaclav Vytlacil’s “Still Life,” appreciate the talent of the untitled Jackson Pollock engraving and spend the afternoon getting lost in one-of-a-kind works of art.

Downtown Muncie First Thursday Gallery Walk and After-Hours Art Reels

Art can be experienced in many different ways visual art, performance art and the written word come to mind all of them good. Celebrate art in all forms by attending Downtown Muncie’s First Thursday Gallery Walk and After-Hours Art Reel, on the first Thursday of each month at 5 p.m. On June 6, walk through Downtown Muncie to see local artists perform their craft and sell their excellent work. Put on your detective hats, as a Muncie Mystery is taking place from 5-6:30 p.m. You can participate in a whodunit, as ten businesses will reveal clues about suspects and weapons, which you can use to solve the mystery. The perpetrator and weapon will be revealed at 7 p.m., and winners will be entered into a drawing for prizes. Later, when the sun goes down, the projector goes up. Each month, a special film will be screened on the MutualBank wall on Charles Street, beginning with Baby Driver. This event is like an art sandwich: different layers to enjoy that leaves you happy and satisfied when you have to leave.  

Cornerstone Center for the Arts

Finally, nothing will make you more starry-eyed for your partner than when he becomes your dance partner! Ballroom dancing is a (pure) way to make art with your bodies, as you will learn how to move together, communicate through touch and express yourself artistically by spinning, twirling and gliding together. Learn the basics waltz, cha-cha, swing and more with a class of couples of all ages and experience levels. From classy to sexy, this date is sure to turn up the heat!

You may not be Picasso or even Bob Ross but any art you make will still be beautiful because it reflects the memories made with your significant other. Memories that are priceless¾no matter how messy things get!