Florence has real heart for art


Backstreet Gallery, Austentatious and Florence Regional Arts Alliance are some of stops on the Peace Harbor Foundation art walk, which kicked off last Friday.

Peace Harbor Foundation kicks off art walk for cardiac care

July 28, 2021 — On July 23, the PeaceHealth Peace Harbor Medical Center Foundation hosted its Art From the Heart Walk featuring local artists and galleries. Proceeds from the art walk through Florence will go to the Cardiac Program Support Fund at Peace Harbor, and will be applied within the local community.

The kick-off event took place that evening, beginning in front of the “Low-Poly Open Heart”

sculpture at the intersection of Maple and Bay streets. The heart was sculpted by artist Matthew Duffy and is part of the Florence Public Art Committee’s “Art Exposed” Rotating Art Gallery.

The walk and auction portion of the Art From the Heart lasts until Sunday, Aug. 1, and the event will carry through Tuesday, Aug. 3.

About 150 people participated in the Friday event. They were given an Art Walk Passport and received a passport stamp at each of the nine stops.

For the event, Peace Harbor partnered with local businesses like Stich & Sole and Austentatious, along with galleries like the Backstreet Gallery and Jayne Smoley Design. Community members were able to walk to many of the locations around town as they sipped wine, visited with artists and store owners and appreciated the local art scene — all in support of local healthcare for the community.

For more information, visit www.peacehealth.org/foundation/peace-harbor. To participate in the auction, visit https://phhfheart21.ggo.bid/.