"Art Meets Heart" Exhibit with a Purpose
The first juried exhibit at the ARTgarage will be on display from noon, Thurs., Feb. 4, until closing on Sat., Feb. 27. In a unique collaboration with Bellin Hospital, the ARTgarage is helping to draw attention to the importance of hearts - physically, emotionally, spiritually, and metaphorically. Judges for the exhibit were Graeme Reid, Assistant Director, Museum of Wisconsin Art, and Andrea Werner, Director, Bellin Hospital Heart & Vascular Center. Thirty-one art pieces include a painting of Bob Marley with dreadlocks wrapped around a heart, a photo of hands resting on a pregnant belly and forming the shape of a heart, another photo of a heart image in latte' foam, a drawing of a young child after heart surgery, and a splat of red paint on a white board with the title, "Please Don't Throw My Heart Against the Wall." Interspersed between the art pieces are digital (and artistic) images of actual hearts...veins, arteries and all.Special thanks to the 48 artists from throughout Northeast Wisconsin who submitted entries; the following were chosen to have work in the exhibit: Leah Abrahams, Grace Adler, Diane Allen, Cynthia Barnes-Johnson, Pat Bishop, Kara Counard, Bonnie De Arteaga, Mindy Frank, Barb Halron, Brian Hibbard, Arda Ishkhanian, Molly Johnson, Lucy Bea Jost, Daniel Klewer, Peter Koury, Donna Lindboe-Trupin, Tricia Matthew, Sandy Melroy, George Ouimetter, Heather Peterman, Jeanne Pfister, Mike Riley, Roberta Scherrer, Drew Schmidt, Chris Style, and Joan White. Thanks, too, to the sponsors who made this event possible: Cardiology Associates of Green Bay, Green Bay Cardiothoracic and Vascular, General and Vascular Surgery of Green Bay, Surgery Specialists of Green Bay, General and Vascular Consultants, Green Bay Radiology, Radiology Chartered, Bellin Hospital Heart & Vascular Center, Toshiba, and the ARTgarage. Volunteers who have put their "heart" into this project are Rachel Carstens and Carrie Dorski, who organized all the entries and coordinated the judging process; Ann Gray, Barb Halron, Lindi Kuritz, who decorated for the opening reception; Jenna Neumann, who painted the red wall in the gallery and helped organize the exhibit; Melissa Sinitsky, who typed up all the printed materials for the show. Staff at both Bellin Hospital and the ARTgarage earn applause for doing extra tasks, as well as members of the ARTgarage Board of Directors, who initiated and coordinated the entire project.A public opening is scheduled at 6-9 pm on Thursday, Feb. 4, with the announcement of award winners at 7 pm. Refreshments and harp music, provided by Nancy Watts, will round out the evening. Parking is available along Cedar and Grove streets and in lots off Main Street. Watch for heart-shaped parking signs.
I hope to see you there!