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The Artists of Heartside Gallery and Studio-- Johnny King

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Heartside Gallery and Studio began in 1993 as a small program of Heartside Ministry.  This ever-expanding program continues to offer the Heartside community and its neighbors a supportive and safe environment in which to create, exhibit and sell work. 

Our artists come from a wide variety of backgrounds and experiences.  Some have experienced homelessness and the disadvantages that come with it; our community also includes artists with various emotional, physical or mental disabilities.  Many artists are simply people from the Heartside neighborhood who wish to share their experience and talent with neighbors who can benefit from their expertise.

Our featured artist for January is Johnny King.  Here's a little bit about the artist, in his own words:

Johnny Louis King Sr.

Born Jan 12, 1957 in Champaign, Illinois

“My hobbies are drawing, reading, old school music, poetry and writing.

When I first started drawing I only drew cartoons. After coming to Heartside I began exploring other avenues, after seeing the great works of my fellow artists. Now I draw people and animals by doing wood burning and pastels. Heartside has made me a better artist than I ever thought I’d be. I owe what I do to Heartside Art Studio.”

'The Artists of Heartside Gallery and Studio' is a monthly feature to highlight some of the wonderful people of the Heartside neighborhood.  Visit to learn more and get involved.

Sarah Scott is Arts Coordinator for Heartside Gallery and Studio, and can be reached at [email protected]

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