Hearts on display at Gallery II | TheUnion.com

Hearts on display at Gallery II

A reception kicking off the exhibit of lampwork glass jewelry by K C Hannah and water color/mixed media works on paper by Sandi McCue will be held Saturday, 1-4 p.m., at Gallery II, 217 West Main St. in Grass Valley.

One of the earliest known protective symbols, the heart is known in every culture and religion in the world. As early as 3,000 B.C., in ancient Egypt, it symbolized life. Today the heart is used to represent love, life, health, change, hope and all that is positive and joyous.

In describing her technique, Hannah says, “I manipulate a pencil-sized Venetian glass rod in a 2,000+ degree flame. As the glass liquefies, I form its shape on a stainless steel rod, then I draw designs with other colored glass rods. I usually spend about an hour working the piece in the flame.” The show will feature her one-of-a-kind necklaces, bracelets, earrings and pendants.

Teacher, interior designer and artist Sandi McCue says a “I believe in celebrating the power of play in my work. The joy of painting opens my heart to infinite possibility. My life is my canvas and I am always ready to make it magical.” Inspired by the heart symbol, McCue’s new works are created with handmade paper, fabric, watercolor, and metal leaf. Her art is an extension of her role in the Mara Serena Healing Center that she operates with her husband.

A total of 32 artists will also be exhibiting new works, including watercolors, prints, oils and pastels, ceramics, glass, jewelry, sculpture, photography and fine crafts and gift items. The exhibit will extend through March 11. The gallery’s hours are 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily. For more information, call 274-0112, or check the Web at http://www.galleryIIfineart.com.

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