The NOTO Art Center’s ‘Art from the Heart’ show showcases local artists

Love is in the air at the NOTO Art Center. 

During the month of February, the art center’s new exhibit, “Art from the Heart,” will be on display in the Morris Gallery. It includes pieces from a variety of artists and businesses located in the arts district. 

The exhibit opened Friday and will be up until the end of February. The art center, located at 935 N. Kansas Ave., is open from 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Thursday and Friday and 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday. 

Artists who have pieces in the show include Gwen McClain; Barbara Waterman-Peters, owner of Studio 831; Larry Peters; Kathy Pflaum; Lisa Underwood, owner of Glass Station; Michaela Butterworth; Dave and Gloria Horn, owners of Donaldson’s Jewelers; and Denise Selbee-Koch and Jennifer Woerner, owners of Compass Point. 

This "Garden of Love" piece is on display as part of the "Art from the Heart" exhibit in the Morris Gallery at the NOTO Art Center.

The artwork that is part of the exhibit is mainly small pieces of work that “somebody could take as a forever valentine,” according to Staci Dawn Ogle, NOTO’s program and communications coordinator.

“We also included our businesses down here in the district so they could submit anything if they wanted, too,” Ogle said. “We try to do that every so often, give them a chance. We do have some creative individuals, but they tend to not share their artwork regularly.”

A glass bell and vase is on display and for sale as part of the "Art from the Heart" exhibit in the Morris Gallery at the NOTO Art Center.

Photographs taken by Steve Stutzman, owner of Stutzman Leather, and Selbee-Koch are on display in the gallery. 

Waterman-Peters, who helped hang the exhibit, has an oil-on-paper piece in the exhibit that she created several years ago. 

“I didn’t have a piece that had hearts or any kind of romantic connotation, but I thought that the red flowers were kind of (romantic) because of their shapes,” Waterman-Peters said. “It’s got dramatic lighting in it.”