Art That Will Touch the Heart

By Savannah Vang, Clarion Staff

On February 13th, an art auction event titled Hearts for Humanity was hosted by Donald Joseph Inc., an architectural firm in the Land Park area of Sacramento. The numerous artworks presented at the auction were from students of John. F Kennedy High School that had competed in their art classes to be chosen for this event.

As a result, students were able to raise around $1000, which went to the American Heart Association. The American Heart Association also helps provide CPR for all California high school students.

We interviewed two students from John F. Kennedy who were both present at the event.

Joellen Vargas with all three of her Kennedy art teachers


Joellen Vargas, a senior that has been attending Kennedy for the last four years was reunited with all three of her art teachers at the event (see accompanying photo).   “Splattered Emotions”, the name of her artwork, was done in her 3D advanced art class taught by Mrs. Graves. We asked her how she felt about participating in the auction and this was her response.

“I was surprised and very happy,” Vargas continued “I’m proud of myself, not everyone gets to experience something like this.”

Another student we would like to spotlight is Michelle Tan, currently a junior at John F. Kennedy High School who created her artwork in Ms. Thibedeau’s Graphic Design class. She spent days working on her winning piece of artwork using Adobe Illustrator.   She had not titled her artwork until she quickly named her piece  “Cigarette Hands” with the help of two classmates who were on hand for the event.

Another art instructor, Mrs. Hanzlik who was responsible for organizing the event with the business owner Donald Fugina was proud of her Art 1 students who also contributed art to the event, mostly in the form of collage.

We’d also like to recognize the many other JFK students who created artwork for auction and were able to show the community of Sacramento their amazing talents.

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