It's all about exposure 

Seeing is believing, when it comes to hidden hometown artists, and happenings like Orlando Museum of Art's "1st Thursdays" series do help to gather the forces -- artists and art lovers.

"Art of Love, Love of Art" kicks off the monthly series on Thursday, Feb. 3, in the marble-floored atrium, bringing together artists, poets, dancers, musicians and DJs for a well-rounded night of entertainment themed around artistic interpretations of love.

The outreach, organized by the museum's Associates, is hoped to bring a more diverse crowd to OMA, not only to partake in local talent but to wander the many exhibits available that are not usually open at night.

Serving as the northern anchor of the developing cultural corridor, the Orlando Art Museum, a sprawling campus that's been expanding since its opening in 1960, is home to galleries rich with permanent collections of the artistry of bygone eras.

According to marketing director Dale Intemann, the Associates, now in its 25th year, is a group of volunteers who assist the museum with membership development by organizing events to spark the community's interest in the museum. One of the major focuses of the Associates' activities has been about showcasing local artists, following the receptiveness to previous outreaches, such as the popular "Art After Dark" series.

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