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Art of the heart

Art pieces by Professor Gioia Fonda and student Vlada Gjibinskaia on display at Kondos Art Gallery at City College. Jeff Rawlinson | [email protected]

City College’s Kondos Art gallery packed its opening reception of “Heart of the Future,” April 19, with several students’ featured work along side their faculty mentors.

“Heart of the Future” funded by the Sacramento City College Foundation, gives City College art instructors an opportunity to mentor one student exclusively throughout the semester to produce a piece that will be shown alongside their work.

Art major Vlada Gjibinskaia says knowing that her work was going to be in a gallery for students and faculty added pressure to the project.

“It was actually pretty fun, but at the same time it was pressuring—but in a good sense,” says Gjibinskaia, who had approached art instructor Gioia Fonda to seek some advice on her work before she even knew about the “Heart of the Future” project.

“I needed help with my art work and she said, ‘If you want my help, I need your help,’” says Gjibinskaia, laughing about how she was selected to participate in the event.

Gjibinskaia says she wanted to depart from typical paintings by spreading out onto multiple canvases that connect together to make one cohesive piece. She and Fonda met once a week during the semester, she says, to go over sketches, exchange ideas for the project, discuss artists work that they admired and met at Fonda’s studio so they could share each others art work.

“She is an awesome teacher,” says Gjibinskaia.

Gjibinskaia took a drawing and acrylic painting class with Fonda—her multi-canvas painting was a huge endeavor, taking many months of sketching and gathering ideas because she’s new to painting, she says.

Fonda says the resulting work is impressive.

“It’s a piece that can stand on it’s own,” says Fonda. “She works really hard.”

Fonda explained that working with Gjibinskaia on this project was a challenge for her because her work is typically more abstract compared to Gjibinskaia’s illustration and animated style.
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“I teach my students a wide range of skills, and how they use it is their own,” says Fonda, who has taught painting, drawing, color theory and design fundamentals at City College for seven years. “The last thing I would want is to have students make art like me.”

Other faculty works included pieces that were completed before the project, such as sculpture instructor Mitra Fabian’s petri dish sculpture.

Fabian chose her student, Jessica Smith who has taken all three levels of Fabian’s sculpture classes, based on her style.

“We share a lot of the same sensibilities,” says Fabian. “We gravitate towards the same aesthetic.”

Smith’s sculpture was primarily an independent study during which she and Fabian met to discuss logistics for her installation piece that included individually hardware-framed and mounted acrylic resin eggs with string and rubber bands suspended inside.

“I made very similar things when I was her age,” Fabian says. “I guess that’s why I wanted to work with her—because I see a lot of myself in her.”

For some students, such as illustration major Desaree Deckard, the mentoring process with instructor Chris Daubert was a semester-long collaboration in which she practiced her painting technique on five different 30-by-40 inch canvases.

“I had to do five of those and it really paid off in the end,” says Deckard. “It was totally worth it.”

This was Deckard’s first time showing her work in a gallery setting, she says. The opportunity, she adds, feels like a gateway to something more.

“I was in here the first day they put it up,” says Deckard excitedly. “I went in here seven times to see my art hanging up. It was amazing. This is definitely not going to be my last show.”

“Hearth of the Future” will remain at the Kondos Gallery until May 12th.

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