Gratitude, Grace & Beauty

Ron Orpitelli

A San José native and life-long South Bay resident, Ron Orpitelli holds a bachelor’s degree in Graphic Design and Illustration from San José State University. Professionally, he has worked in publishing, non-profit art and community service administration, and educational research. Currently, he is part of the Learning & Experience Program at Filoli Historic House and Garden in Woodside. His professional work in the creative sector has included positions as a scenic artist and craftsman for regional and community theater companies throughout California (including American Musical Theater of San Jose, Opera San Jose, San Diego Starlight, and Circus Vargas). As an active studio artist, he has shown with artist collectives including Palo Alto Art League, WORKS Gallery (San José), and Sun Gallery (Hayward) among others.

Hearts in San Francisco Project

The Hearts in San Francisco project debuted in 2004 with 131 heart sculptures, created by local Bay Area artists and auctioned by the Foundation in support of Zuckerberg San Francisco General Hospital and Trauma Center.

The Foundation raised nearly 3 million dollars for ZSFG in that first year. Today, we carry on this tradition by commissioning and auctioning a new set of hearts each year. The funds raised support those delivering on the promise of accessible and equitable health care for all in our city.

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See all of the 2023 Hearts

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