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10th Anniversary of ‘Hearts in San Francisco

10th Anniversary of ‘Hearts in San Francisco

10th Anniversary of ‘Hearts in San Francisco

San Francisco General Hospital Foundation (SFGHF) announced today that it will celebrate the 10th anniversary of the Hearts in San Francisco project at the Heroes & Hearts Luncheon and Hearts After Dark on Thursday, February 13, 2014, with twelve new heart designs for the 2014series. In addition to the eight large hearts and four table top hearts, 15 mini hearts with mosaic designs will be sold to raise much-needed funds for life-enhancing programs and initiatives at San Francisco General Hospital and Trauma Center. The artists selected to create large and table-top hearts for the 2014 luncheon are Shannon Amidon, Christine Arthur, Erica Jasmin Cañas, Patrick Dintino, Charles Gadeken, Brit Howard, June Li, Michael Osborne, Marius Starkey, Emma Webster, and Pop Zhao. The design for the fourth table top heart will be revealed at a later date. The hearts will be auctioned and sold in order to raise money for vital programs at The General. Select large hearts may remain on display in San Francisco’s Union Square after the luncheon. Hearts in San Francisco artworks combined with Heroes & Hearts and Hearts After Dark proceeds (2006 – 2013) have raised nearly $10 million for SFGHF.

“The new heart designs and mini-mosaics exemplify the diversity of our community and those served by The General,” says Lisa HauswirthCo-Chair of Heroes and Hearts and Hearts After Dark. “At this year’s events, we look forward to commemorating the 10 year anniversary of the Hearts in San Francisco project and celebrating the important role The General plays to the City and County of San Francisco.”

The 15 mini mosaic hearts were created by artists from the Institute of Mosaic Art (IMA) in Berkeley. Artists include Tracy Broback, Tracy Calk, Randina Casenza, Jack Dynis, Dmitry Grudsky, Celeste Howell, Glynnis Kaye, Nadia Khasagir, Wenia Lee, Amy Neiman, Rachel Rodi, Erin Rogers, Vaishali Sanghavi, Laurel True, and Wesley R. Wong. Founded in 2005 by mosaic artist Laurel True, Institute of Mosaic Art is a world-class mosaic education and resource center offering students expert instruction in the mosaic arts in a fun and welcoming environment. As the largest mosaic education center in the United States, IMA is a premier destination for mosaic, students, visitors and instructors from around the world, offering the widest range of programming in the mosaic arts.

The 2014 Heroes & Hearts Luncheon takes place on Thursday, February 13, 2014 at AT&T Park. Tickets for the event range in price from $300 for single seats to $5,000 for event sponsorship. To purchase tickets or to find out more about sponsorship, call 415-206-4478 or visit

Event sponsors include Chevron Energy Solutions, Intel Corporation, McKesson Foundation, The Stanley S. Langendorf Foundation, VISA, Webcor Builders, Wells Fargo, Macy’s, Jeanne and Sanford Robertson, The Mary Wohlford Foundation, Union Bank, and Walgreens. Media sponsors include JC Decaux, KCBS All News 740 AM and 106.9 FM, NBC Bay Area, San Francisco Business TimesSan Francisco Chronicle|SFGate.comSan Francisco magazine and Where magazine.

SHANNON AMIDON — Shannon Amidon is a photo based mixed media artist from the San Francisco Bay Area, and she is contributing “Wild Poppies in the Twilight Rain” to this year’s series. Her artwork explores the beautiful, repulsive, and mysterious sides of natural history. While the world is speeding forward with technology and convenience, she prefers to slow down and use alternative photographic processes, including historic printing and non-traditional techniques. She was the 2011 Arts Council Silicon Valley Artist Laureate, receiving a Fellowship Grant in photography. She was also the recipient of an Eco Art Grant and studio makeover from the Art Inspector part of the Zero One Art and Technology Network. Her artwork has been exhibited throughout the U.S., in South Korea and in Costa Rica. Shannon is active in her local arts community, contributing her time, knowledge and art whenever possible. She is also involved in education outreach for children and young artist mentoring. 

ERICA JASMIN CAÑAS  Erica’s heart, “Abstracting Sights”, uses acrylic and polyurethane paints to display San Francisco’s Coit Tower and Golden Gate Bridge, among other sights, in her unique personal style. She is a self-taught painter who was born and raised in the vibrant Mission district of San Francisco. Being the daughter of two Salvadorian immigrant parents, she naturally draws inspiration from her humble and rich Hispanic heritage. However, Erica’s number one source of inspiration grows from her incomparable and colorful neighborhood, La Mission. Working with the full color spectrum of acrylic paints as well as her signature shimmering iridescent paints, she creates animated pieces that depict a balance of sorrowful struggles and a brilliant happiness.

PATRICK DINTINO — Patrick’s piece is titled “Open Heart”. Born in San Francisco, California, Dintino grew up in Sunnyvale, in the southern bay area. He earned his BA in Industrial Arts from San Diego State University in 1988. He co-founded the Artists in Motion art collective, a group of artists who created funk-art fashion, sculpture, and furniture out of reclaimed material. In 1994, he returned to the Bay Area. He earned his Master of Fine Arts degree from California College of the Arts (CCA) in 2001. He has been a San Francisco Museum of Modern Art Society for the Encouragement of Contemporary Art Award winner and a Pollock-Krasner Foundation grant recipient. He recently participated in a group show called “The Future of Abstraction” at the Chelsea Art Museum in New York and currently teaches painting at CCA. 

JUNE LI — June Li calls her heart “Social Network”, and it features a stained-glass like assortment of blue, yellow, orange and brown hues, reflecting both the darkest and brightest shades of her human experience. She is a Chinese American artist who found happiness and artistic inspiration among its streets and people of San Francisco. She was traditionally trained in art in China, earned her Bachelor of Fine Arts from Sonoma State University and began to explore more expressive and abstract work after she moved to San Francisco. Her artwork is displayed in numerous San Francisco Bay Area public venues and private collections from China, Florence, and London. She is a member of Art Span, Art Explosion Studios, and Mission Artists United.

MICHAEL OSBORNE — Having designed hearts in 2004, 2006, and 2007, Michael Osborne has returned to contribute an ice-cream sundae themed heart with the title “Happy 10th Anniversary!” to this year’s series. Michael is President and Creative Director of the San Francisco-based graphic design firm, Michael Osborne Design, Inc. The firm’s work is on display in the permanent collections of the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, the Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum in New York, and the National Postal Museum in Washington, D.C. Michael personally designed the 2002 and 2004 Love Stamps for the USPS. He graduated with honors from Art Center College of Design in 1978. He has been a faculty member at both the University of California at Berkeley and The Academy of Art College, where he currently teaches Package Design.

MARIUS STARKEY — Marius Starkey is an American painter who has dedicated his life to expressing his understanding and vision of landscape, people and nature using rich colored paint in his images. The act of painting has carried him through life, arousing insight, energy and joy. His contribution to this year’s series, “Sails of the Bay”, uses acrylic paint and varnish to picture some of the vessels that took the San Francisco Bay by storm in the summer of 2013. His work has featured frequently in solo exhibitions across the country and around the world and holds places in the private collections of San Francisco’s Mexican Museum, the Helen Foresman Spencer Museum of Art in Lawrence, Kansas and Sprint’s World Headquarters in Kansas City, Missouri. 

EMMA WEBSTER — “Bloodlines” depicts a pair of sisters and their dog silhouetted in white with a black background, blue hues and red slashes across each side, representing the family bond. Emma Webster is a recent graduate of Stanford University, having earned her BA in Studio Art in 2011. She also studied painting at the Slade School of Fine Art in London, I’École d’Art Plastique in Paris and the Academy of Art University in San Francisco. She has received such prestigious awards and grants as the Raina Giese Award in Creative Painting (2011), the Undergraduate Academic Research Angel Grant (2010) and the Academy of Art University Award for Best Figure Drawing (2006). She currently lives and works in Oakland.