ShenArts holds silent auction for Miss Abilities

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A superhero-themed silent auction kicked off Aug. 9 at ShenArts, and proceeds will go to a beautiful cause.
 
Artwork featured at ShenArts this month are superheroes of all shapes, sizes and abilities. 
 
“The reason I decided to create my two superheroes is because I kind of have a connection with them,” said Jayden Edwards, Miss Abilities
 
Jayden Edwards is one of the Miss Abilities beauties who’s artwork is hanging on the gallery walls.
 
Miss Abilities was created in 2015 by Jayden’s mother. The program gives girls and women with disabilities the opportunity to build confidence and make a difference in their community.
 
“She told me that she wanted to be the first Miss America with autism one day, and I thought that was a great goal, and I really think that one day she might be able to do it,” Jessi Edwards, Founder, Miss Abilities, said. 
 
Miss Abilities is comprised of girls and women who have various disabilities such as sensory problems, Cerebral Palsy and Down syndrome.
 
Jessie  thought the art showing would be a great project for the girls to take on.
 
“A lot of occupational therapists will use artwork as part of their therapy, and I thought that this would be a really fun activity for the girls,” Jessi said. 
 
Leah Swartwout said many art pieces don’t cater to those with visual impairments like herself, so she made sure her artwork did.
 
“I wanted to make it tactile, so even blind people could touch it,” Swartout said. 
 
The artwork will stay on display and available to bid on at ShenArts for the rest of this month, and 70 percent of those sales are donated directly to the Miss Abilities Organization.  
 
Leah and the other Miss Abilities beauties said they are excited to see how much money their artwork raises for the organization that means and has done so much for them.
 
“Finding people that are similar, still struggling, but they move on with life. They don’t let their disabilities get in the way of what they can do,” Swartwout said.  
 
ShenArts will host another reception to conclude the silent auction on Sept. 2. 

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