The Springfield Regional Arts Council has issued a call for artists to participate in the 5th annual “Hearts for the Arts,” a fundraising exhibition and silent auction of heart-themed works benefitting the Arts Council’s arts education programming. “Hearts for the Arts” will be open from Friday, January 11 – Friday, February 1, 2013 at The Creamery Arts Center and online at www.springfieldarts.org. Hours at the Creamery are 9:00am-5:00pm Mon-Fri and 10:00am-4:00pm Saturday. Local and regional artists of any age and experience are invited to submit up to two visual or written pieces for the event using any medium of their choice. All pieces must incorporate a heart theme and be 11x14 in size. Two dimensional pieces must be ready to hang. Three dimensional pieces may be accepted with prior arrangements. All pieces must be dropped off at The Creamery on Monday or Tuesday, January 7 or 8, 2013 between 9:00am – 5:00pm. Silent auction bidding will launch at The Creamery and online at www.springfieldarts.org on Friday, January 11, 2013 at 5:00pm. Bidding will culminate on First Friday Art Walk, February 1, 2013 during a free public reception from 6:00pm – 9:00pm. Online bidding will end at 8:00pm and in-person gallery bidding will end at 9:00pm. “Hearts for the Arts” is the only time the Arts Council asks artists to donate work. In exchange for the donations, artist names and works will receive extensive exposure online and at The Creamery. For more information call 862-ARTS (2787) or visit www.springfieldarts.org.