Janesville Art League to Auction Locally Made ‘Arts of the Heart’ for Ukraine

JANESVILLE, Wis. (WMTV) – It never takes a lot to show heart to those in need.

The Rock County Historical Society will host “Artrageous Wednesday” on June 29, with more than 30 locally painted “thank you” hearts that have been displayed throughout the city will be auctioned off. Heart ornaments that have been hung on Christmas trees during RCHS Christmas tree shows will also be auctioned off.

This silent auction is called “Hearts for Ukraine” and all proceeds will be donated to the World Central Kitchen – supporting its efforts to serve fresh meals to Ukrainian families.

One of the hearts that will be auctioned on June 29. All proceeds from this auction will go to the World Central Kitchen.(Rock County Historical Society)

In addition to auction proceeds, the organizations also accept donations. An anonymous donor will match the proceeds of the sale.

“During some of the worst months of the pandemic, the hearts created by members of our community brought messages of hope and thanks to essential workers,” said Arra Lasse, former president of the Janesville Art League. “Now the RCHS and JAL are auctioning off the hearts to continue their support and care – this time for the people of Ukraine. The highest bidder will be able to keep the heart, knowing they are donating to an important cause.

The auction will start at 5 p.m. and will continue until 8 p.m.

(Rock County Historical Society)

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