Starting May 29th, Tamaqua area residents will notice something different around town. Twelve large fiberglass hearts will be placed outdoors throughout the borough as part of the ‘Tamaqua Has Heart’ project. The size of each piece will be 39-inches tall, 42-inches wide, 20-inches deep.
A special reception was held yesterday to give sponsors a chance to choose what artwork they wanted via pre-drafted drawings from various local artists. It also provided a chance for the sponsors to meet all the artists.
Over the next few months, these artists will work to place their sponsor-selected, one-of-a-kind artwork on these hearts.
The hearts will be displayed on temporary mounts at various locations throughout the borough from Memorial Day to Labor Day (September 4, 2017).
One heart’s location, called “The Heart of the Community”, will be permanent.
Clear protectant will be placed on the artworks to shield them from the elements.
In the fall, a special arts gala will be held at the Tamaqua Community Arts Center to auction the artworks off to art lovers, historians and collectors.
Spearheading the project were volunteers Kyle Whitley and Wandie Zammer-Little, with administrative support by Leona Rega and Lacey Timony of the Tamaqua Community Arts Center.
The project’s mission statement reads, “There are multiple goals behind Tamaqua Has Heart. One being uniting the community through the arts by calling on artists and local businesses to collaborate on a sculpture installation that will encompass locations throughout downtown Tamaqua. By drawing attention to our downtown, we hope to promote tourism and our local history.”
(Page down futher to view video and all photos from the reception event. Or HERE to view on Facebook.)
- Barbershop Singers of Mahanoy City
- Cyan Sky Copier Technologies
- Dr. Joanne Calabrese
- Flossie Fegley & Family in memory of William H. Fegley
- James R. Gelatko
- Jay Hollenbach Plumbing & Heating
- Lech Transportation
- Lehigh Carbon Community College
- Mauch Chunk Trust Company – Tamaqua/Hometown
- Robert J. Gelatko
- Sankie Griffith – E. Franklin Griffiths Funeral Home and Cremation Services, Inc.
- Shafer’s Pharmacy
- St. Luke’s University Health Systems
- Tamaqua Area High School Class of 1978
- Tamaqua Area High School Class of 1992
- Tamaqua Station Restaurant
- Times News, LLC
- High School Media Class
- Joseph Evanousky
- John McCoy
- Karen Clark
- Kevin Smith
- Kim East
- Kimberly Burkette
- Kimberly Woodward
- Lori Remmel
- Paul Corinchock
- Susan Sidoriak
- Suzanne Dalton
- Tamaqua High School Photo 1 Students
Meet The Artist posters:
Submitted artist drawings:
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