Arts preview: Display’s heart art extravaganza seeks to end violence against women

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From the February 13, 2014 edition

Mona Gazala, owner and operator of Second Sight Studio, has organized a meaningful art event for Valentine’s Day weekend as part of One Billion Rising’s global effort to organize community events that weekend. One Billion Rising focuses on the need to end violence against women, and Gaza hopes to call attention to the worthy cause with a special art event.

Individual artists, groups, non-artists and even students have come together creating heart art pieces that will be displayed as a community project on the lawn across from Second Sight.

“People are really pushing their creative limits, which is pretty impressive considering it’s a temporary display,” Gazala said.

Gazala is particularly impressed with how many different people have gotten involved.

“The event was one of my little experiments, and I just put it out there without knowing what kind of response I was going to get. I’m a little bit overwhelmed by the involvement. It’s really heartwarming, what can I say?” said Gazala.

Once the works have been organized, attendees can walk through the outdoor field — dress warmly — to view the pieces. Gazala will also open an upstairs room of Second Sight so people can get a panoramic view of all the works and take pictures. The event is 3-6 p.m. Friday, but the works will be on display until 3 p.m. Saturday.