Q: What is the Big Heart?

A: A four-foot tall 3D heart decorated with the artist’s concept of the wilderness, agricultural and cultural aspects of the “Heart of Idaho”. The project aims to promote awareness of conserving the natural beauty of West Central Idaho. Payette Land Trust (PLT) hopes the heart will engage, educate and inspire the community.


Q: What is Payette Land Trust?

A: PLT is the Land Trust organization responsible for writing and overseeing Conservation Easements on private lands located within the four central counties of Idaho (Washington, Adams, Valley, and Idaho). See PLT’s mission and a message from the Executive Director.


Q: Why is the Big Heart being auctioned?

A: To bring awareness of PLT’s work and raise funds for PLT’s core mission.


Q: Who is the BIG HEART Artist and how was the artist selected?

A: The 2023 BIG HEART Artist is Claire Remsberg. PLT made a request for artist proposals asking, “What does Conserving the Heart of Idaho mean to you?” In March 2023, after receiving many thoughtful submissions, one artist, Claire Remsberg, was chosen by a panel of art and community professionals to paint the second Conserving the Heart of Idaho heart sculpture.


Q: What’s the story behind the designs on the Heart?

A: Artist, Claire Remsberg painted blobs and drips on the BIG HEART, creating a background for images to emerge with help from the community. As people found images of “Conserving the Heart of Idaho” within the blobs and drips she sketched them directly on the heart and then brought the scene to life!



Q: Where can I find information about the Event?

A: The SweetHEART Party & Auction will be held Saturday, February 10, 2024 from 6-9pm at the Shore Lodge Pavilion in McCall, ID. More event info and purchase tickets.


Q: Is the BIG HEART for sale?

A: Yes! Join us at PLT’s SweetHEART Party & Auction to bid on the BIG HEART.


Q: What will be the BIG HEART starting bid?

A: $1,500.


Q: Is anything else being auctioned?

A: Yes, there are four smaller, twelve-inch “tabletop” hearts. One is painted by professional artist, Heidi Messner, and the other three are painted by local high school students. There will also be two oil paintings by PLT Artist in Residence, Mary Arnold. Receive exclusive sneak peeks of the art to be auctioned in February!


Q: Is dinner being served? Are drinks included?

A: There will be heavy hors d’oeuvres along with a carving station. Beer, wine, champagne, and a whiskey tasting is included in the ticket price. Please let us know of any dietary restrictions when you purchase your ticket.


Q: Will there be raffle baskets again this year? What does a raffle ticket cost?

A: Yes! Raffle tickets are One for $10 / Six for $50.


Q: How does my business sponsor a raffle basket or help sponsor this event?

A: There are different sponsorship levels and benefits. Contact PLT to learn more.


Q: Do I need to purchase tickets ahead of time?

A: Yes, there are a limited number of tickets available, and you can purchase them online here.