Work created by Candy Depew for The Art of Adoption. 

It’s not often that you get an opportunity to rub shoulders with renowned Philadelphia artists and bid on their newest work while supporting an important charity that expands adoption opportunities for thousands of children in foster care in the tri-state area.

The artists, InLiquid members Candy Depew and Zoe Strauss, Isaiah Zagar, Shelley Spector, Pepón Osorio, David Ohlerking, Perry Milou, Martha Madigan, Bertha Leonard, and Moe Brooker have created new pieces, each inspired by the story of a child who once lived in foster care and has since been adopted.

Candy Depew was inspired by nine-year old Kani, who was born 14 weeks early and required a tracheotomy. His birth mother was unable to care for his medical needs and he was placed in a medical group home.

Candy, inspired by Kani’s story, shares, “The most important thing for each living being is to have a home; not just shelter, but a home. Art creates awareness and changes all lives for the better. Why not use the power of art to create more awareness to this special issue that affects lives?”

Kani, adopted in 2009 by a loving family who knew how to care for his medical needs, is experiencing what it means to be part of a family and to have consistent, loving support.

Zoe Strauss has a special connection with Charday, 23, who aged-out of the foster care system. The two met in 2006 while working on a youth-led documentary on the life of Strauss.

“Since then me and Zoe have been attached at the hip,” Charday says.

Zoe, a national and internationally recognized artist, says, “Charday and I became friends when we worked on a project at the Philadelphia ICA. Charday was aging out of foster care at that time and had quite a bit of bouncing around from house to house when I met her. I love Charday and I want her to have the best life she can possibly have.”

These important works of art will be displayed and auctioned at the National Adoption Center’s 40th Anniversary Celebration of Families: the Art of Adoption on April 25 at the Crystal Tea Room at the Wanamaker Building. The ten former foster children, their families, and the participating artists will be in attendance at the gala.

If you love art you will not want to miss this exclusive opportunity. Click here to purchase tickets.

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