Art from the Heart Exhibit Challenges Teens to Artistically Bare Their Soul

Shown is student artist Jordan Buenavista whom recently lost a loved one with his “A Broken Heart,” painting standing in between FOBL president Jeanette Ali and Marshelle Berry, North Region Manager, Jacksonville Public Library and Andrew Jackson art teacher Kristen Harmer,

By Lynn Jones

After having a Friends of Brentwood Library table discussion on the elimination of art programs in the public schools, former retired teacher Jeanette Ali and Friends of Brentwood Library founder Sharon Coon decided to partner for an inaugural teen art exhibition.
Having witnessed the talents of Andrew Jackson art teacher Kristen Harmer, Ali met with Harmer on her request to create the “Art from the Heart Exhibition,” featuring forty creative paintings by Andrew Jackson senior high students. Jackson High art instructor Kristen Harmer has been teaching art for seven years. She instructed the students to create a meaningful piece using five mixed water colors and a card explaining their personal connection. Some of the titles are: Sunset, I Love You to Pieces, A Broken Heart That’s Trying to Heal, Everyone Needs a Friend, Good Life, Falling Heart, Friends, Loyalty and Inspire to Dance.
Art from the Heart Exhibit and inaugural reception was held last week in the evening at the Brentwood Library.  Attendees were served dinner by the Jackson Air Force Jr. ROTC cadets and showcased their paintings to the parents, library staff and students in attendance.  “To see the many combinations of the art drawings and the student’s excitement was priceless.  Our schools are lacking when it comes to showcasing the talents of students in every school.  We look forward to the art exhibition and the power of teachers like Ms. Harmer to continue motivating art students to reach their potential,” said Jeanette Ali, President, FOBL, Inc.
The Art from the Heart exhibition will be on exhibit through May 31st at the Brentwood Public Library, 3725 North Pearl Street.


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