On the first Saturday in January, fourteen friends, family, artists, and art-lovers joined me at the Calistoga Art Center to make hearts for the art installation in downtown Calistoga. (And another friend and artist who couldn't stay dropped in to say hi and see how we were doing.)
We painted art papers and cut hearts out of painted and printed papers all morning and into the afternoon.
Everyone came from near and far, from Calistoga, St. Helena, Napa, Santa Rosa, and Rohnert Park, to make hearts so we can all spread love and kindness a little further.
I so appreciate every one who joined me for this day!
My thanks to Laurie Grimes Ballentine, Roxanne Bell, Pat Branstetter, Kathy Coldiron, Kathleen Edson, Melisa Dooley, Ashley Duncan, Linnea Hall-Kennedy, Pam Jackson, Melisa’s friend, Linda Peirce, Lexi Reed, and Heidi and Michael Ticen, whose help, creativity, and positive energy and support for this project is invaluable!
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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.