Congressman John Garamendi

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Congressional High School Art Competition Winner Announced at Garamendi Davis District Office Open House

May 15, 2014
Press Release

During Q&A, Garamendi Also Stressed Need to Invest in Jobs, Reduce Wasteful Spending

DAVIS, CA – Congressman John Garamendi (D-Fairfield, CA) hosted his third district office open house of the year today in Davis, welcoming dozens of 3rd District residents. The constituents had an opportunity to speak to the Congressman one-on-one, and there were was an impromptu 30 minute Q&A on a variety of issues, including the Bay Delta Conservation Plan's twin tunnels proposal, No Child Left Behind, funding for the arts, nuclear weapons, international military entanglements, the need for infrastructure investments, immigration reform, and fracking.

“What I love about this community is how active and engaged you are. Davis is a great place to live and work, because you care about your community and want to see it thrive,” Garamendi said. “On issues as global as wasteful spending in our nuclear weapons program to as local as supporting a thriving arts scene, Davis is driven to make things better.”

At the event, several artists and their teachers and parents were in attendance for an award ceremony for the annual Congressional High School Art Competition. This year’s winner was Abby deVarennes, a 10th grade student from Da Vinci Charter Academy in Davis, for her pen and ink work, “My Lady”. Abby told Congressman Garamendi that the piece was inspired by the aesthetic of the 1920s with the woman featured thankful to have survived the Great War.

Abby’s work will be featured at the U.S. Capitol for the next year, joined by hundreds of pieces from Congressional districts across the country, and she and a guardian earned a free flight to Washington, D.C.

Four pieces earned Special Merit Recognition: "White House at Midnight", a duct tape piece by Aaron Dilts, an 11th grade student at Dixon High School; “Rusting Away”, a scratchboard piece by Luis Martinez, a 12th grade student at Fairfield High School; “I Am Not a Terrorist”, a silk screen and acrylic piece by Lauren Owens, a 12th grade student at DaVinci Charter Academy; and “Thoughts”, a prismacolor piece by Javier Valencia, a 12th grade student at Woodland High School.