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Artists dedicate a special heART to the City of Rutland

Photo by Norma Montaigne

RUTLAND-On Jan. 18, the heARTs of Rutland artists dedicated a special heart to the City of Rutland. Mayor Louras received the dedicated heart on behalf of the city at 1 p.m. in City Hall. The heart represents the mission of the project with all artists, who were involved in painting the original 30 hearts, featured on it.

The heARTs of Rutland! project celebrates "our people and pride in everything the region has to offer, says Sherri Birkheimer Rooker.
The idea for the heARTs of Rutland began in August, 2011. "Mary Crowley and Karen Seward called me to meet to start talking about doing another street art project (been about 6 years since the train project,)" Birkheimer Rooker explained. After Irene's devastation, the artists knew they needed to do it and the project evolved as artists painted and embellished 4-foot fiberglass hearts that were displayed throughout the Rutland region from June 2012 until they were auctioned off in November.

The auction raised $25,075. Of that, $22,000 was distributed to victims of disaster in the Rutland Region through the Long Term Recovery Committee of Rutland County, and the remainder donated to children's art and education programs.

"We'd like to thank everyone that has supported our heARTs project, and made it possible to help so many in need," Sherri Birkheimer Rooker said.