When the Founder of ART4GOOD Foundation, Inc. began her mission to "inspire change with every brush stroke", by creating and hosting on-line charity auctions, she never thought she would become the top selling artist! In fact, she never perceived herself as an artist!
After the death of her mother, she had this idea; determined to market Fine Art and continue in her mom's footsteps of supporting as many viable charities as possible. For several years, she collected works from all over the world, works that have been showcased and applauded in the most famous museums and galleries.
In 2011, she suffered a mild stroke, leaving her left side totally paralysed. Depression set in, as she "felt useless". Normally, she volunteered at least 100 hours each week, to this mission.
Determined to inspire her to try something new, I went shopping for a wide variety of art supplies. It did not matter how, it only mattered that she would simply play with colors and maybe even forget about the pain for a while.
Three years later, she became the best selling artist on ART4GOOD Auctions! "My early works were really horrible", she recalls. "But, I did discover that when I immersed myself into creativity, I forgot about the pain. I learned that by shifting into more right brain activity while painting, I found a sanctuary, a retreat from pain!", said Wendie. She became an advocate for the "art of healing".
Soon thereafter, her works were also published in a series of books; eight in total, also an effort to raise awareness and contribute to various causes. Her poetry was also featured in five of those books too!
In 2014, she began to design for "OFF THE WALLS" Wearable Art and more! Her design collection, now planned for its 2015 debut, now includes: Art Tees, Shift Dresses, Handbags, Watches, Rockin' Shirts, Scarves, Skirts, Kimonos, Home Decor Items, and Beach/Yacht wear too!
SHOW! SHOW! SHOW?
Well, miracles do happen, but Wendie Busig-kohn still suffers from Systemic Lupus and Fibromyalgia. "The ole gal just doesn't go out anymore", she will tell you. "My focus is to do what I can, whenever I can, via social media".
Can you blame me for insisting that we, finally, do a "ONE WOMAN AUCTION"?
We're on! From September 1st through September 7th, everyone is invited to a very special auction event! 777, Seven hundred, seventy seven offerings of Wendie's creativity in a multitude of forms will be available!
Are YOU in? We hope everyone who reads this blog post will be there to support "the best selling artist to date" on ART4GOOD Auctions, who has given back so much! It's her time to shine!
Which charities have benefited from sales of
Shakira’s Barefoot Foundation
Thorn/*formerly DNA Foundation
DreamCatchers Wild Horse and Burro Sanctuary
Habitat for Humanity
Doctors without Borders
Stand up 2 Cancer
Animal Humane Society
St Judes Hospital
Nothing but Nets
United Nations Foundation
International Rescue Committee
Make a Wish Foundation
Elton John AIDS Foundation
Native American Heritage Association
The Prince's Trust
Andre Agassi Foundation
M J Fox Parkinson's Foundation
Give Back Hollywood
Barbra Streisand CrowdRise Team for Women's Heart Center
The Trevor Project
American Red Cross
Feed A Child 2012
Team Tre: Sickle Cell Disease
Jon Bon Jovi Soul Foundation,
Reader to Reader,
Native American Heritage Association,
American Cancer Society,
Cure Epilepsy Campaign,
BDPA NY Scholarship,
Imagine Scholar Inc,
Will Ferrell's Cancer For College Campaign,
Edward Norton's Maasai Wilderness Campaign
Jason Bateman's City Year Campaign
The Daniel Pearl Foundation
Christopher's Clubhouse Foundation
Angel View Crippled Children's Foundation
Conservation Lands Foundation
and, more recently, in memory of Robin Williams:
Aid Still Required
American Foundation for AIDS Research
Bob Woodruff Foundation
Celebrity Fight Night Foundation
Christopher & Dana Reeve Foundation
David Foster Foundation
Dogs Deserve Better
Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation
International Medical Corps
Keep Memory Alive
Love Our Children USA
Luke Neuhedel Foundation
Muhammad Ali Parkinson Center
Prince's Rainforests Project
Robert F Kennedy Memorial