On Friday, Oct. 6, all 89 Nebraska by Heart works of art, symbolic of Nebraska as America’s Heartland and the love its citizens feel for their great state, will be sold at Saltdogs stadium in Haymarket Park. Doors open at 5 p.m., with the auction commencing at 7 p.m.

Everyone is invited to attend, whether you want to bid or just watch. One-third of the bid amount for each heart will go to the artist, with the remainder divided equally by Lead Up and Sadie Dog Fund, two Lincoln-based, non-profit organizations.

These dynamic sculptures feature imaginative designs created to honor Nebraska’s sesquicentennial – its 150th anniversary in 2017. Nebraska by Heart is a Legacy Project of the year-long celebration and a significant way to celebrate our great state, the richness of life in the American Midwest and what it means to be a Nebraskan.

Nebraska by Heart also offers a free, family-friendly event Thursday, Oct. 5, from 11:30 a.m.-8 p.m., with the 89 hearts on display around the stadium’s concourse. The event is an opportunity to see the hearts one more time, meet many of the artists and purchase a commemorative book created about the project as well as merchandise inspired by Nebraska by Heart (to see available merchandise go to nebraskabyheart.org).

In addition, the Haymarket’s concessions will be open, and music from B107.3 morning show hosts, Gina and Joe, will be heard early in the evening to create a fun and welcoming atmosphere. A scavenger hunt with prizes, clowns creating balloon sculptures and other fun activities for kids will be offered by the Lincoln Children’s Museum, plus opportunities for photos with your favorite hearts.

Unlike art galleries with rules and restrictions, individuals can get “up close and personal” to witness and even touch the art, talk with the artists and experience, first-hand, how they transformed the same “cookie cutter” concept into their own unique, creative vision.

Auction questions: Liz Shea-McCoy, director, Nebraska by Heart, (402) 430-5923 or liz_shea@windstream.net.

To see the auction order and all of the heart art images, visit nebraskabyheart.org.


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