THIS ARTWORK WAS created by Art Connections in Carey for the Hoy Family of Upper Sandusky. Lisa and Dan Hoy adopted four siblings in September. The art piece consists of four canvas panels that can come apart so that each child can have their own when they leave home. The artists also made a similar piece for Dan and Lisa and their two biological children. The pieces will hang together in their home. (Photo provided)


Staff Writer

As a remembrance of Sept. 30, 2019, the day when Ruthann, Garret, Kevin and Isabelle were officially adopted by Dan and Lisa Hoy, a special piece of art was created by artists at Art Connections in Carey.

The unique artwork in shades of blues, pinks, purple and white is comprised of four canvas panels, each representing one of the children with their name, “The Hoy Family”, and the date of the adoption. Together, the four pieces show a triangle overlaid with a heart in the background.

“The triangle is for togetherness,” explained Dan Hoy. “And then a heart, that’s the love behind the adoption.”

Amber Kahler, studio facilitator at Art Connections, said the artists used a combination of mediums including acrylic, latex and powder paints, ink, glitter, sand, tiny beach shells and tissue paper. The sand and shells were brought back from the couple’s 20th anniversary trip to Sanibel Island, Florida.

“It took us a long time to plan it out,” said Kahler. “It really had to mean something.”

She brainstormed with the artists. A few of them worked on the pieces, she said, but the main artist was Deb Callahan.

“There’s so much love energy into these pictures,” said Kahler.

The artwork was designed so that when the children leave home, they can take their own canvas with them.

“So each child can always have that,” said Dan.

The artists also created another piece for Dan and Lisa with their marriage date, and then the couple’s two biological children, Cassandra and Joseph, and their birth dates. A sign will hang above the two pieces that reads “The Hoy Family” to tie everything together.

The artists also turned an old wooden door into a large decorated picture frame. Photos of the family, including all of the children they have fostered over the past four years, are hung in the 15 glass panes. The door is painted blue with flowers and hummingbirds for Dan’s mother and Lisa’s grandmother. The phrase “Family is Forever” is painted below the glass panes.

“The biggest problem, most of the kids that come into our home, other than our own biological kids, is that nothing is permanent,” said Dan. “We all wonder at times whether we’re wanted, and this is a reminder.”

Photos of the children will always be part of the composition.

“They’re always in our hearts,” he said.

Art Connections, operated by Angeline School and industries, Upper Sandusky, provides an outlet for individuals with developmental disabilities to use their creative talents. Items produced by participants are available for sale at 205 S. Vance St., Carey. Custom orders are accepted.