She said yes to artful marriage proposal at Art Gallery of Viera


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Courtney Lowers shows off the engagement ring she received from Melbourne native Jimmy Adams.

George White

Melbourne native Jimmy Adams knew the perfect place to pop the question to his aspiring but shy artist girlfriend Courtney Lowers — just inside the front window display at the Art Gallery of Viera at The Avenue.

Lowers, who lives in St. Augustine, is a freelance artist with degrees in graphic design and fine arts. She has been reluctant to share her personal creations, which lately have been themed around realistic graphite drawings mixing female portraits with octopuses.

She met Adams about four years ago while visiting friends in Brevard County. For a year or more, they were only friends. But what started out as a friendship — once both realized that their differences could be their strengths going forward — became a relationship destined for marriage. And, they had laughed about having a small wedding, she said.

“We are so different, but so much alike. Her strength has inspired me and leveled me out and put me on a path to be a better person. I’ve tried to encourage her art whenever I can,’’ Adams said.

Proudly showing a photo of Lowers’ artwork, Adams said it was amazing that she has seldom shared the drawings, let alone offered them for sale in a gallery. Helping bring her out of her shell in that regard was a big reason for the gallery proposal, he said.

But, like everything else, COVID-19 closures put his idea on hold for a while. That gave him more time to plan the perfect artistic proposal.

“We had noticed the gallery during the pandemic when everything was still shut down. We talked about wanting to go to the gallery once it re-opened. I remembered that and decided to do it here,’’ Adams said.

On Sept. 4, Adams placed four special letters around the gallery, each with a different romantic message. Each hinted at a life-long commitment until the fourth letter containing the ultimate question ‘Will you marry me?’ and Lowers began to cry. 

“I was caught off guard completely. It felt like it was only the second time I’ve had on makeup all year. Of course, I said yes,’’ she said.

Going forward, the couple plans to pursue Lowers’ plans to share and sell her fine art and she has in turn encouraged Adams on his writing and creating, whatever form it might take.

The couple, now of Suntree, plan to have a small wedding in the spring of 2021.