Smart bets: Open Hearts Art Center

Launched in 2005 by three women with a passion for creative expression and empowering “differently abled adults,” Open Hearts Art Center offers classes that promote the “inherent value in each individual’s artwork as an avenue for self-growth,” among other programming, according to the nonprofit’s Web page. “Our staff encourages daily reflection of each student’s rich history and personal story as a source of inspiration.” Although Open Hearts also supports forms of expression like music, dance and theater, its focus is on visual works. Accordingly, several of the organization’s pupils currently have their paintings on display at Woolworth Walk. The collaborative exhibit will be featured throughout February in the F.W. Front Gallery. An opening reception takes place Friday, Feb. 5, 4 to 6 p.m. woolworthwalk.com. Photo courtesy of Open Hearts Art Center

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Kat studied entrepreneurship and music business at the University of Miami and earned her MBA at Appalachian State University. Follow me @katmAVL

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