So much has happened in the last two months! And one of those things was the installation of Tree Heart Art in the trees on Lincoln Avenue in Calistoga.
My thanks to David Moon-Wainwright for shooting and putting together this video!
To everyone who helped put up the hearts: Jamie Deichen and her daughter Maggie, Anna Johansson, Mary Sherman, James Scanlan, and Heidi Ticen; to Elizabeth Stokkebye and Linda Williamson, who took photos; to Michael Easterday, who came by to lend moral support; and to Anne Ward Ernst of the Weekly Calistogan, who took photos and interviewed folks, thank you so very much!
And to all of folks who helped create the hearts, cut them out, add quotations, laminate them so they could be outside, and bead them together — whom I've dubbed the Calistoga Hearts Collective — my thanks to you!
My original thoughts about the Tree Heart Art was that they might catch the eyes of passers-by on the sidewalk, who might look a little closer, and perhaps smile, perhaps be delighted. And perhaps, in some little way, through the power of art — even in the form of little hearts on trees — we could inspire love in the viewers' hearts.
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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.