SPOKANE, Wash. - - The Ronald McDonald House in Spokane is just days away from launching a new community art project, “Give Love.”
Soon, you'll see big, beautiful hearts scattered across downtown Spokane; a step in helping the organization to expand.
“I think its a perfect fit, bringing happy art to children and their families,” said artist Debbie McCulley.
McCulley is one of 26 artists designing 31 hearts for Give Love. Each will weigh 3,000 pounds when weighed down and stand over 3 feet tall.
“The Ronald McDonald House is known as the house that love built and so this is the opportunity for, starting with the artist, to give love by participating in this great art project,” explained Julie Delaney of the Ronald McDonald House.
Artists were encouraged to be authentic and of course show what's in their hearts.
“My art is obviously whimsical and colorful and i can't seem to do it any other way," Debbie said.
Her heart is inspired by one of her bright and fun previous paintings, “Paisley Peacock and the Pips.” When she first viewed the heart, she knew a version of her peacock painting would fit perfectly.
Debbie is a full time hairstylist, but art is her passion. The time she had to complete the project was short, but the chance to help raise awareness and money for Ronald McDonald House families makes it all worth it.
McCulley shared, “I had a girlfriend yesterday tell me how the Ronald McDonald House helped her when her son was an infant and just 1 and a ½ pounds. To just connected with that kind of charity and be able to help in some way and bring donations to it is really exciting for me.”
The hearts will go up in mid-September. They will stay on display throughout downtown through January. In February they will be auctioned off at the Give Love Gala. Previous community art projects raised $500,000.
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