I’m looking forward to working with Kari Martin, program director and art director for the Boys and Girls Club in St. Helena, and the children in her program, on Hearts Across the Valley in St. Helena. And I was honored when she asked me to help with the judging for the club arts awards this year (I did a couple of years ago, too). We looked at the artwork in each category, talked about the criteria, and I made decisions carefully and thoughtfully.
Then I returned the following Monday, to see the show, and to watch the children come see it, too.
The children’s drawings, paintings, and collages will go on to regional and national competition, so the judge’s choices can have wider ramifications than purely local recognition. I loved seeing the children’s curiosity as they looked at each piece of art, and their happiness and excitement about the awards.
A number of children made sure all their friends and family saw their award-winning pieces. Their pride and joy was priceless.
Kari has put together an amazing program here. Last year she was recognized with a first place award from the national Boys and Girls Club organization for the best art program in the nation! Her creativity, commitment, and caring for the children is evident in everything she does.
I'll be coming back soon and working with Kari and the children on Hearts Across the Valley. I'll be working with St. Helena Elementary School too, right next door. This is going to be a fun project!
Karen Lynn Ingalls is an artist and art teacher in Napa Valley, California. She wants to spread love, in the form of art installations of hearts, as far and wide as possible, beginning in Napa Valley. The art she does apart from this project can be seen locally at Jessel Gallery in Napa, and online at www.KarenLynnIngalls.com.
Hearts Across the Valley began in 2017 as a community-based public art project in Napa Valley, California, created by artist and art teacher Karen Lynn Ingalls. It is intended to spread love across the valley, and beyond, using the power of Art. Ultimately, hundreds of people will be involved in its creations, and the installations and other artwork created will be seen by valley residents, visitors, and recipients.