Works of Heart

Save the Date!

The 2019 Works of Heart exhibit and auction is scheduled for Saturday, February 9, 2019. Plans are well underway to bring you another a fabulous event featuring regional artists. Mark your calendars to join us at the Memphis College of Art at Overton Park, 7 to 10 PM!


2018 Works of Heart

On February 10, the Memphis College of Art was filled with over 100 gallery-quality heart-themed pieces created by leading regional artists. Artists included long-time Works of Heart contributors like Dolph Smith, Tootsie Bell, Maritza Davila, John McIntire, and NJ Woods. Joe Birch from Action News 5 served as emcee.

Most guests purchased $75 general admission tickets, which included complimentary beer, wine and appetizers by Another Roadside Attraction Catering. Another option was to purchase tickets to our exclusive Big Heart Lounge. 


A ticket to the Big Heart Lounge provided access to the beautiful posh lounge, with full bar, on the main gallery floor. Big Heart Lounge guests enjoyed cocktails by renowned bartender David Parks and delicious hors d’oeuvres. Big Heart Lounge guests also received a personal work of art created by a Works of Heart artist, a free Works of Heart tee, and other special gifts. Big Heart Lounge tickets were $200. 

Preview Week. The art was on display Monday, February 5 through Friday, February 9, in the main gallery of the Memphis College of Art. “Heart Sitter” volunteers were on hand to provide information about artists and assist with bidder registration.


Photos & Social Media. Photos of the artwork are on posted on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter. (#worksofheart).

Thanks to our sponsors and volunteers! Works of Heart is a success because of the generous support of our guests, our committed volunteers, and our supporters--not to mention the artists who graciously donate their time and creativity. Their work is absolutely superb. Our hardworking committee, under the leadership of Murray Riss and Sheryl Bowen, planned an outstanding event for you!

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Bid-Offs. At Works of Heart, we have a rather unique aspect to our bidding process. If you and at least one other person are actively bidding on a piece when the section closes, you can continue bidding! There are some rules, however. First, all participants must be present when the bell rings—and they must be actively bidding, in writing, on the bid sheet.

During a bid-off, you can continue writing bids after the bell until only one bidder remains. At that time, one of our heart hawker volunteers (wearing a fabulous hat or feather boa) will circle the highest bid and the sale is final. Once a heart hawker has circled the highest bid, the bidding cannot be reopened for any reason. Minimum bid increments are $20.

If you have any questions at the event, our heart hawker volunteers can answer your questions about bid-offs. 

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SunTrust Bank

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Sheryl & Bob Bowen

EM Printing

Memphis College of Art

Another Roadside Attraction Catering

Caesars Entertainment

The Doole Family Charitable Foundation

Shawn Hayden, MD

Holliday Flowers & Events, Inc.

River Oaks Investment Corp.

Mary & Sid Selvidge

Special Thanks:

Joe Birch

Bill Butner

Custom Plaques

Diane Laurenzi

Joe's Wine & Liquor

Kimbrough Towers Fine Wine & Spirits

Mahaffey Tent & Event Rentals

Memphis Laminating

Annette Outlan

David Parks