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Art Gallery Features Work of State Foster Children; Drawings show talents of Northern Kentucky kids

Press Release Date:  Monday, July 24, 2006  
Contact Information:  Tiffany A. Mullis, (859) 292-6632; Anya Armes Weber, (502) 564-6180; or Vikki Franklin, (502) 564-7042  

FRANKFORT, Ky. (July 24, 2006) – The Kentucky Cabinet for Health and Family Services is hosting a reception in Northern Kentucky this week to mark the conclusion of a traveling gallery that features artwork by children who await adoption.

The current phase of the “Young Artists in the Making” art gallery, sponsored by the cabinet, will end later this month. A reception to celebrate the exhibit is planned for 5:30-7:30 p.m. on Thursday, July 27, at Newport High School, 900 E. Sixth St., Newport. The public is invited to the free event.

The exhibit, which premiered last September at Covington’s Frank Duveneck Arts and Cultural Center, features the work of eight children who have either been adopted or are in foster care awaiting adoption. Professional artists mentored the children, who developed their own artwork.

Gallery coordinator Tiffany Mullis, a recruitment and certification coordinator in the cabinet’s Northern Kentucky Service Region, said the art gallery highlights the talents, special interests and accomplishments of the area’s children in out of home care.

“This is a practical recruitment tool, but more importantly, it highlights the talents that kids in care have and boosts their self-esteem,” she said. “It also introduces and exposes the children to the arts, allowing them to develop their own interests and passions.”

Participants in the show are: Terrah Holland, Ferrah Holland, Josh Burton, Jasmine Ridgeway, Dana Benton, Angela Poorman, Tyler Gilb and Brittany Hamilton. The assisting artists were Erica Cooper, Shannon Deye, Amanda Cofer and Judy Sanders.

Another phase of the gallery featuring art from a different set of foster children awaiting adoptive homes  premiered July 7 at Starbucks coffee house in Fort Thomas, where it remains. On Aug. 1, the display will move to Covington, where pieces will show at the Point restaurant and the Christmas Shoppe. A calendar of other planned locations follows.

Because the art show travels to various Northern Kentucky locations, “we hope to get members of diverse communities involved in the efforts surrounding children seeking permanent homes and families,” Mullis said. “When we can show the creativity and ingenuity of these wonderful children, it shows families that they are just like so many other kids. They just need a place to call home.”

Business leaders and cultural event planners who are interested in displaying the portraits may call Mullis at (859) 292-6632.

For more information about foster care and adoption, call (800) 232-5437 or log onto the cabinet’s SNAP Web site at

“Young Artists in the Making” Schedule

Aug. 1-Sept. 1: The Point restaurant, 45 W. Pike St., Covington (partial display)

Aug. 1-Sept. 1: The Christmas Shoppe, 608 Main St., Covington (partial display). This includes sponsorship in Aug. 5 “Gallery Hop” from 6-10 p.m.

Sept. 1-Oct. 2: Passionate @Art, 33 W. Pike St., Covington (partial display)

Oct. 2-Nov. 1: Seventh Street Gifts, 114 E. 7th St., Newport

Nov. 1-Dec. 1: Northern Kentucky University, University Center Lobby, Highland Heights

Dec. 1- Jan 3, 2007: Behringer-Crawford Museum, 1600 Montague Road, Devou Park, Covington

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Last Updated 7/24/2006