Tahoe Arts and Mountain Culture
Tahoe Arts and Mountain Culture

Locally Made Valentine’s Day “Art Helmets” in Truckee during February

Posted on February 2, 2008
Filed Under South Tahoe Art Scene

loveslabour.JPGBoxes of chocolate are always appreciated.

But, how about something completely different for Valentine’s Day this year?

South Shore artist Melissa Lanitis Gregory has created a series of recycled paper helmets using papier mache and mixed media.

The trio of art helmets, titled “Sonnet Bonnet”, “My Viking Valentine” and “Love’s Labours” (pictured here) features scraps of Shakespeare’s sonnets collaged onto the bright pink and red exteriors.

They’re intended as purely decorative items, but they‘re a heck of a lot of fun to try too. And, I’m sure your Valentine does not have one already!

The art helmets will be on display at Riverside Studios in Truckee during February and at their Cupid’s Courtyard weekend, February 9 and 10, from 11 am to 6pm.

vikingvalentine.JPGTry them on carefully at:

Riverside Studios
10374 Donner Pass Road

Be sure to visit Melissa’s blog to learn more about her unique creations.

In addition to her art helmets made from recycled paper and mixed media, Melissa also makes earrings, bowls, clocks and other eclectic works of art.

You can find Melissa’s work at Riverside Studios in Truckee and in Reno at ClayNichols and Artisans International; or visit her website at

sonnetbonnet.JPGTo set an appointment to see her studio in Christmas Valley, call (530) 573-1670.

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