While I was in the early stages of creating ideas for this project, and visiting in Santa Rosa for a family gathering, I stopped to visit Dr. Joe Cool, Heart Throb. Dr. Joe Cool, who belongs to Northern California Medical Associates, was one of the five statues I created for Peanuts on Parade: A Tribute to Charles M. Schulz, a several-year project, with different character statues each year. He’ll turn ten years old this year. It’s hard to believe — where does the time go?
As you may be able to tell, Dr. Joe is a heart doctor — so he has hearts all over, including on his collar, sunglasses, and surgical cap — his do-rag. How thematic are all those hearts, given what I’m working on now! He also holds an EKG tape — and the heartbeats on the tape were that of a young girl who was a patient.
It was good to see Dr. Joe again. And as I walked up, someone had stopped to take his picture. It’s nice to know he’s still making people happy!
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.