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People's Choice Winner Announce in Rome Community HeART Project

Redmond Regional Medical Center and the Rome Area Council for the Arts are announcing the 5thAnnual Rome Community HeART Project People’s Choice Winners.

They are Calysta Long and Morgan Davis of Pepperell High School. Their HeART, titled “Drawn to Life,” received the most votes on RACA’s Facebook page.

Davis is a 16-year-old student at Pepperell High School.

“I’ve been drawing since I first held a pencil," she said. "For me, art is an alleviator and wonderful refuge from school and daily life stressors. I hope to attend Berry College and I’m sure art will always be a big part of my life!”

“I’ve always held an interest in art from watching my mom and brother draw all the time," Long said. "But I only began practicing myself in the 5th grade. I most enjoy drawing people and landscapes: telling complex stories with one illustration. My goal is to attend SCAD once I graduate."

Long created the idea for the HeART and both she and Davis said they immediately felt the idea “click”. One side featured a girl who is in her studio with multiple canvases around her. The subjects on the canvases (all animals) have come to life and left the confines of the sail cloth. The other side depicts a bird coming off the canvas and taking flight. The goal was to inspire their audience to find creativity wherever they may be.

Throughout February, Downtown Rome was home to 14 large concrete hearts and 5 heart garlands that were placed in front of businesses, shops, and restaurants as a way for local artists to share their talents and to bring attention to National Heart Month.

The outdoor exhibition is sponsored each year by Redmond and RACA.

“As the heart hospital of Northwest Georgia, Redmond is proud to partner with RACA to produce the Rome Community HeART Project,” said Andrea Pitts, director of marketing and public relations for Redmond. “The HeARTs are a unique opportunity to combine public art with a message of heart health awareness. For Redmond, it’s a perfect fit and we’re honored to be a part of it.”

For a recap of this year’s HeARTs on Instagram, follow @romearts and search #HeART2018.