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The Artists of Heartside Gallery and Studio -- Mari Tobias

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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.


Mari Tobias
"I create original paintings, drawings and prints.
Studied art in GR, bounced around Michigan, settled back in GR.
I began showing my art in GR galleries and coffee houses in 2000
and continue to do so.
Currently I am a working artist at Heartside Gallery.
Challenged with schizophrenia from the age of 21,
Influenced by my imagination, everyday life and amazing artists.
I’m encouraged by the spirit of God and the great people at Heartside Gallery.
I live on the edge of town by 76th & Division.
I’m a creative writer. I write to sort through the complexities of life,
but I paint for the joy of it."

Mari's work will be featured at Sparrows Coffee from Sept 9 through Oct 31.


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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