Eastport Gallery’s ‘Hearts for the Arts’ online exhibition, featuring 90 works by 42 artists, contains a pair of images of the same subject—wintry late afternoon views of the Tides Institute and Museum of Art (TIMA), with its traditional glowing red heart decorations in the top floor windows. Mark Macey spoke to the artists—Sue Griggs Bailey and Mary Anderson—about their works, and created this short video.

“The heart lights are something we’ve had on for Valentines Day for years, much like we decorate for other holidays, like lit-up pumpkins at Halloween, holiday cheer for the winter, and bunting on Canada Day & Fourth of July,” said Kristin McKinlay, Director of Exhibitions and Education of TIMA. “This year, due to the pandemic, we kept the heart lights up to offer a bit of cheer in hard times. We’ve also continued to light the stained glass windows of the North Church Project Space at night for this same reason.”
Learn more about the Hearts for the Arts exhibition and auction and related Valentine’s Day events here.