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Mosaic heart captures Catalina BY BOB RHEIN When it comes to Catalina, Ful- lerton artist Carol Towler not only wears her heart' on her sleeve, she has fashioned it ]nto~a 5-.foot tall, 4-foot wide, mosaic work of art. +:2: The sturdy, yet delicate-look- ing piece will be'on display in the window of the U.S. Bank building through the run of the 53rd Afinua! Festival of Art, Sept. 16-18. Al- though she didn't create the piece with the Festival in mind, the col- orful heart serves as a wonderful tribute to T l the festival's theme, "I.Love Catalina Is- land." Towler was invited to bring the heart to Catalina by Islander Publisher Dan Tecke- noff. "When the heart was brought to my attention, I felt that it belonged here," he said. "The heart exemplifies the beauty of. the Island and especially Avalon. I believe this is truly a treat for the city." The colorful heart takes viewers from the depths of Avalon Harbor, through a kelp forest, and a school of colorful fish. On the surface, the viewer sees a sailboat cut- ting the waves as Avalon's iconic hills, Casino and Holly Hill House gleam against ablue sky and puffy clouds. The origins of the heart goe- back to All the Arts for All the Kids Foundation, an independent, nonprofit organization in Fuller- ton, dedicated to developing, sus- taining and supporting the arts as a necessary part of every child's education. FoundatiOn President Lau- ralynn Escher, arts coordinator_ for the Fullerton School District,~" came up with the idea of using giant hearts to raise funds for the school district's art program. She had driven by the Fullerton home ...................................... of mosaic artist Kath- CATALINA ISLAND! erine England, and saw a large front- yard heart sculpture. "Her heart hit me like a lightning bolt," she said. "Everyone loves the message a giant heart sends," That was in 2010 when 20 blank hearts were parceled out to artists throughout Fullerton who contributed their artwork in many different mediums. The hearts went on display around town for six weeks. They were all auctioned off last October to pay for the Foundation's effort to send music, . dance, drama and visual arts teach- ers to every school in the district. This year Escher gave the task of picking artists to partici- pate in the program to England, who teaches six different mosaics classes. "This year there are six mosaic hearts, one from a student T JOIN FOP.. (( tHAPPY++Ho,u a .Monday g T rsd y M l Fr'day IOPM-dose,, $4,00 FOR SELECT WELL COCKTAILS.WINE; +. + TAP BEER & TAPAS! : BLOODY MARY BAR [ Saturday &~Sunday from ll:30AM to 3:00PM ~ :, [ +~+i +COME CREATE YOUR OWN BLOODY MARY! Carol Towler displays her Catalina mosaic heart at U.S. Bank. Photo by Katherine England from each class," England said. Towler, one of England's stu- dents, studied anatomy, figure drawing, photography and graphic design at the Emily Carr College of Art and Designs in Vancouver, Canada. However, this was her, first mosaic--in three dimensions. "I started at the bottom, with the heart upside down, balanced on pillows leaning against my draw- ing table and got the small tight curves done first," she recalled. "After two weeks I was completely absorbed by the project and spent every spare moment I had working on it, It was like I spem the sum- mer on Catalina Island." Summer vacations on Catalina are something she loves. "I moved from Canada to Ful- lerton and started going to Catali- na Island about 20 years ago when .I married my husband Jim," she said. "We now take our two sons. I can't think of a better day or a. better vacation. A day on Catalina is like being on vacation anywhere else for a week." . - She also thanked Loft Cama- cho, of U.S. Bank for agreeing to display the heart. "I hope when .the residents of Avalon look at m~f heart they are reminded of What September 9 through September 15 they already know, the colors of the Island, the life of the ocean, the crispness of the wind, the smell . of sharp fresh air, and the timeless quality the Island has somehow managed to maintain in this harsh, fast and exhausting world." England, her mosaic mentor, said she was especially pleased that the heart would voyage across the channel to Catalina. "This,is the first time-we have had a heart leave Fullerton," said England, "but we are hoping Cata- lina is where this heart makes its home." The five remaining hearts will be auctioned off in Fullerton on Oct. 29. though some of the hearts will be bought outright for a tax- deductable donation of $10,000. For more information, visit www. allthearts forallthekids .org. 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