After our first Make-a-Heart Day at the Calistoga Art Center, I came back the next day for more work. And what would that be? Making more painted art papers to become hearts, for one, as you see above. I also collected the art papers created the day before, that had dried overnight, and pressed them flat (see how the corners curl as they dry?).
There were small wooden hearts to paint (two coats) as well — this is only the front side; the sides and back remained to be done later. And there was everything to clean up and put away! My thanks, again, to the Calistoga Art Center, for their support and for allowing me to hold these Make-a-Heart events and do all the work it takes to put these installations together! It was a little quieter there during the holidays and during January's storms, which helped enable me to do this.
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.