Monday, August 5, 2019

“HeART of Hope” Exhibit begins September 4

Poignant “HeART of Hope” Exhibit Begins September 4 in Jackson, Amador County

The Amador County Arts Council, in partnership with the Amador County Suicide Prevention Coalition, is proud to announce ”HeART of Hope”—An art show celebrating the hope, perseverance, and awareness of mental health challenges.

The thought-provoking works of 30 artists may be viewed September 4th through October 15, Monday-Friday, 2-6 pmThe public is also invited to a special “HeART of Hope” reception during National Suicide Awareness Week on Friday, September 13th from 4-7pm.  The location of the exhibit will be at the AmadorArts Center, 617 S. Highway 49 in the Mother Lode Plaza at the south end of Jackson, with free parking and handicapped accessibility. Overflow parking can be found in nearby shopping centers within walking distance.

The poignant art, entered by artists from various parts of California, reflects a wide interpretation of the important theme and aims to highlight this local struggle in Amador County, with the 3rd  highest suicide rate in the state.  From abstract to realism in all mediums, the viewer will definitely feel the hopeful messages.  For example, Allyssa Vargas has a painting titled “Bringer of Hope.”  A graduate of Amador High School, she studied with Rand Huggett, former teacher and renowned local muralist. She then received an Associates of Studio Art degree from Folsom College.

Sacramento artist and Russian immigrant, Alexandria Yakavleva chose to exhibit her oil painting, “Harmony”. HeART of Hope art show demonstrates how the arts unite people around mental illness in a way that provides hope and strength, even for people who have not experienced mental illness.

Join the community during the all-ages, family-friendly reception on September 13 which will feature live instrumental music with Gordon Rowland and light refreshments. Mental Health resources will be available.

This art show is part of the Local Impact Grant from the state of California. The show is made possible by the Amador County Department of Behavioral Health Mental Health Services Act Reversion Fund, the Amador County Arts Council, (aka AmadorArts), the National Endowment for the Arts, and the California Arts Council, a state agency.

For information, please contact Amador County Arts Council at 209-256-8166 or

“HeART of Hope” exhibitors include Allyssa Vargas and her “Bringer of Hope”; and Alexandria Yakavleva’s “Harmony.”  Logo HeART of Hope Exhibit.
"Bringer of Hope" - Allyssa Vargas

"Harmony" - Alexandria Yakavleva

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