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Local wins art show with heart-inspired photos

Camille Doty

By Camille Doty
Feb. 14, 2012 at 7:01 p.m.
Updated Feb. 14, 2012 at 8:15 p.m.

Ernesto Perez, 40, won the Best of Show and his category of black/white photography for the "Bleeding Heart."  This award winning photo and others are available through "An Affair of the Heart" exhibit at the Citizens Imaging Center until 1 p.m. Friday.

Ernesto Perez lost several loved ones to heart disease.

The 40-year-old printing services manager took a photograph at the Evergreen Cemetery to help create awareness.

The "Bleeding Heart" is a black and white picture of the Virgin Mary's statue. Her hands are folded close to her heart.

Perez thought about the love Mary had for son Jesus.

"I thought it would fit perfectly in the exhibit," he said.

Perez won first place in the black/white photography category and overall Best of Show in the "An Affair of the Heart" juried art show hosted by Citizens Medical Center, the Victoria Art League and the Cultural Council of Victoria.

This was his first time to enter the juried art contest.

The art show at Citizens Imaging Center will be open to the public until 1 p.m. Friday.

Participants made heart-inspired sculptures, paintings, drawings, and photographs.

"It was a creative way to get people to talk about the heart," said Clara O'Brien, HealthWISE coordinator.

Some of the artists opted to have their pictures available for auction. The proceeds will be used to help provide free heart screenings to the community.

Valerie Hudgens talked about the heart in a metaphorical sense in the "The 5 Pillars of Love."

She took a photo of a small church on the Vidauri Ranch before it was remodeled.

"Many couples have joined their lives together, shared vows and promises of everlasting love," she said.

Throughout the years, the congregation gave residents a place to worship. Hudgens placed second in the color photography category.

"I was thrilled," she said.

Perez is also grateful to win. The Reynosa, Mexico, native said he hopes to leave an impression with the audience.

"I want more people to take care of themselves," he said.



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