MAHOPAC, N.Y.— “Art of the Heart,” the current theme show installed in the Third Floor Gallery at Mahopac Public Library, presents a range of artwork created by 36 local and regional artists.  A riff on the theme of hearts, the paintings, collages, prints and mixed media works in this show offer a look at the season of love. 

“Art of the Heart” will remain on display through Feb. 28; the exhibit can be viewed during regular library hours.

Jean Tock’s paper cut work entitled “Lovebirds” is reminiscent of designs and techniques used by the Pennsylvania Dutch. Marilyn Saqqal’s “Wedding Keepsake Box” combines decoupage and a collage of lace, ribbon and other material to create a loving wedding tribute. Retired veterinarian Maria Kaprielian offers a humorous twist on the theme of hearts. Her pieces, entitled “Stent” and Hypertension, “are delicately composed gelatin monoprints that reflect on the organic and fragile qualities of the heart. B.A. Mahon’s watercolor entitled, “Open Heart” is a more literal image of the human organ. Cindy Green’s fabric artwork, “Bleeding Hearts,” brings an element of nature to the heart theme. “Lonely Heart” by Georgine Honohan, and “Heart (Red)” and “Heart (Blue)” by Joann Zwolski emit the emotion and vibrancy of the heart.

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Jim McGuire’s pen and ink prints, “Gandhi” and “St. Francis,” emphasize the message of love and peace that these iconic figures brought to the world. For other artists, the theme “art of the heart” was more broadly interpreted and included love for others, and love of creativity.  Mira Ludevig’s “Dance,” Nancy Anton’s “Young Love,” Jeanne Demotses’ “Pink Tulips,” and JoJo Maxwell’s “Lovers Path, “expand on the theme of the show through their expressiveness and passion for the creative process.

The Library welcomes visitors to the Third Floor Gallery to view the “Art of the Heart” exhibit. Many of the original works are available for purchase. For further information about this show, or to learn more about the Third Floor Gallery, call 845-628-2009, ext. 108.