Art with a heART


Art with a heART

They put their heART into it! Jon and Janie that is. “I’m expressing myself by the way I put all my creativity and all aspects of details into its mouth, mane, and hair,” Janie said about her piece of artwork titled “Majestic”. “It made me feel strong,” said Janie of her piece she drew of a mighty lion. “Roars have a mighty sound and it makes me feel like I can make anything happen,” she said.

Janie and her brother, Jon, were chosen to be a part of the heART art exhibit at the new classroom building of Bluegrass Community & Technical College in Lexington, KY, put on by the Leadership Lexington Project. Their art was accepted by a panel of judges to be displayed for a month in the new building as a part of a new art display for artist who have intellectual disabilities. “I hope people enjoy it as much as I enjoyed it. I don’t just do it for me. I do it for other people. I do it as a service to my community that I am a part of,” said Jon.

Jon is proud of himself for sticking to it and finishing the drawing. “It makes me feel pretty good because I feel like I accomplished something pretty cool.” For Jon, drawing is a stress reliever and gives him a sense of accomplishment. “It gives me a chance to create something that nobody may have thought of,” he said. “It makes me feel really good knowing that I kept with it and didn’t get tired of it.”

The two are no strangers to art as you see them with their drawing pads daily. Art “makes me feel really good,” said Jon. Janie said, “It made me feel strong!” They definitely put their heart into these pieces and it really shows. “They have a real talent that really needs to shared,” said Mary Harrod, art teacher at Stewart Home & School. “I am just so proud of them and their accomplishment to finish and get chosen,” she said.

For more information on the art show and the gallery, visit their Facebook page at

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