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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Mural Art Attests Orphans' Talents

Maria Yeliseyeva is one of the rare silver linings in the lives of Moscow orphans. She gives them her boundless love and, most importantly, a vital sense of freedom - artistic freedom.

Maria's Children, a Moscow-based organization founded in 1993, uses art therapy and training to improve the lives of children diagnosed as debili, or mentally handicapped.

Children from seven area orphanages and shelters fill her studio every week, and with paintbrushes and a kaleidoscope of colors, create vibrant visions. The pictures can be seen at Their murals have already appeared in exhibitions and grace the walls of hospitals and homes around the world.

This Saturday, as part of the City Day celebrations, children of all ages and backgrounds are invited to join about 50 of Maria's as they create together a large watercolor mural in a gazebo by the riverside in Park Kultury from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m.

The completed work will be auctioned off in November to benefit children with cystic fibrosis from Voronezh, central Russia. Patch Adams, the U.S. doctor of recent Hollywood fame who serves on the organization's board, will attend the event.

Call 236-7267 for more information or to donate time or supplies.