Art celebration in Nehalem benefits heart health

By Julius Jortner

For the Headlight Herald

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About 80 people attended the two-hour reception for the month-long community art show “Art for the Heart” at the North County Recreation District building in Nehalem on February 14. Forty-two works by more than a dozen local artists were exhibited, most for sale, with 20% of sales proceeds donated to benefit the Fitness Area at NCRD. The works include paintings, photos, quilts, sculptures, collages and other constructions, and are priced between $15 each and $2,500.

Photo By Julius Jortner
Photo By Julius Jortner

Visitors to the reception were asked to vote for the best works of art. First place went to “A Passion for Sewing,” a quilt by Teresa Simmons; a mosaic statue“The Queen of Hearts” by Kathy Pennington was second; and third place was won by “Sea Swept,” an acrylic-oil painting by Terry Freeman.

Eric Sappington provided background music, playing guitar and harmonica and singing.

Janice Wolk, director of nutritional services for Tillamook Regional Medical Center, provided heart-healthy vegan refreshments, including sandwiches, baked goods, fresh fruit and vegetables.

The show runs through the end of February at NCRD. It is mounted in honor of American Heart Month and is sponsored by Manzanita Primary and Specialty Care Clinic and NW Regional Heart and Vascular, both groups associated with Adventist Health. This is the third annual Art for the Heart show. Mary Faith Bell, who coordinated the event for Adventist Health, said “I’m delighted with the variety and the quality of the art submitted, and it’s been a pleasure to curate. We’ll be doing this again next year.”

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