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Create a love mural this weekend on Fort Lauderdale beach

At the risk of recalling a Huey Lewis and the News song, the Young at Art Museum in Davie will be celebrating the power of love with its new summer-long exhibit.

In “XOXO: An Exhibit About Love and Forgiveness,” artists tackle the emotion with interactive art stations installed around the main gallery. The artworks allow museumgoers to discover hidden messages about love by holding hands; create silhouettes with a series of light boxes; hug soft sculptures that make cooing noises; and convert handwritten notes into personalized tokens using a printing press.

The exhibition, closing Sept. 10, will also celebrate the 50th anniversary of 1967’s Summer of Love with a community love mural this Saturday, July 22, at D.C. Alexander Park in Fort Lauderdale. South Florida artist Christopher MacFarlane will start the 8-by-16-foot mural at 9 a.m. (themes: love, friendship, caring and compassion), and the public can contribute their own messages throughout the morning. Other “XOXO” gatherings are planned at the park for Aug. 19 (a human peace sign) and Sept. 2 (open-air paintings).

When: 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Thursday, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Friday and Saturday, 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Sunday; through Sept. 10 (mural event is 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday, July 22)

Where: Exhibit at Young at Art Museum, 751 SW 121st. Ave., Davie, mural event at D.C. Alexander Park, 501 N. Fort Lauderdale Beach Blvd.

Cost: $11-$14, free for mural

Contact: 954-424-0085 or YoungAtArtMuseum.org

pvalys@southflorida.com or 954-356-4364

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