From the heart of a kindergartener

Ophelia Belefant, Founder and Curator of The Heart Show

Two years ago, after hearing about children whose hearts need to be fixed, my daughter Ophelia took it upon herself to do something to help them.


She was in kindergarten.


Ophelia invited all the students in her class to make a 5” x 7” painting of a heart. On February 12, 2013 we held an art show and silent auction at St. Jack, where parents, teachers, and friends could see the artwork and bid on it.


We called Legacy Emanuel Hospital –– where she was born –– and told them what we were up to. Liz MacDonnell, the Executive Director of the Randall Children’s Hospital Foundation was gracious enough to come and accept the money the kids raised for pediatric cardiology.




Ophelia felt so good about the money she and her classmates were able to raise that she decided to put on the show again in 2014. This time, both her first grade class and her brother’s kindergarten class participated. And they were able to raise more than $450 to help the Randall Children’s Hospital Foundation.


This year is the third year of the show and we’re hoping it’ll be even better. The Splendorporium Gallery has generously offered to display the work in conjunction with their February Pink Show.


The silent auction will be held during the gallery’s art opening on February 6th, from 7:00 pm until 8:00 pm. It’s a super kid-friendly gallery, which means that instead of scowling people in black, you’re more likely to encounter a llama and no, I’m not making that up. Rojo the therapy llama will be there for kids to play with while you bid on a masterpiece to give to your beloved.


For the past two years, savvy art connoisseurs have been able to pick up a priceless gift for as little as $5.


And when you think about it, that’s a three-way gift. Not only does it show how much you love the person you’re giving it to, but it also encourages a young artist and supports the Randall Children’s Hospital Foundation –– an incredibly worthy cause.


Please come. And bring your checkbook.


The Splenderporium Gallery is at 3421 Se 21st Ave, Portland, OR 97202.


Thank you.


–Brian Belefant

Ophelia’s Dad