This was a great positive minded magazine named "PURE INSPIRATION" and it was my honor to have had a wonderful article written about me . These are fantastic reference pieces for students and adults to learn by and I love sharing my experiences and pass them on to our future creators ...enjoy
THE FAIRIES AND ANGELS MAGAZINE
Wonderful online store owned by Barb Cederberg who interviewed many artists and I am proud to be one of them: FAIRY-TALES-ART.COM MAGAZINE
TOSCANO ONLINE STORE INTERVIEW:
"MEETING THE CHALLENGE OF MOTION" Sports interview~ May 1990 Sharing hints and techniques with my pastel paintings
THE WASHINGTON POST MAGAZINE 1982 "THROUGH THE ANCIENT VICTOR"
This was many many years ago when the Special Olympics was first created and needed funds to keep alive. They had called me since I was well known in the Sports Art world and asked if I could donate anything to raise money to help their cause and so I did year after year by donating posters and prints of sports.
After many donations, larger companies like Coca-Cola and named brand commercial product companies saw this as a great opportunity to show off human compassion and also sell their products. Their huge donations helped the Special Olympics take flight in full force to be world known and out of distress mode financially.
The next year I noticed that the Special Olympics didn’t call so I called them and the secretary told me in a very abrupt fashion that they were doing great and didn’t need me anymore. I was very hurt by that remark. Ironically I got a call from an Auction company telling me that if I did a painting to honor the Special Olympics it would be auctioned at a gala event with a few other Sports Artists and all monies would be donated to Special Olympics and I said yes right away.
At the Event the announcer kept saying over and over again that LeRoy Neiman was the best sports artist in the world and better than any other so the people should invest all their monies into his paintings up for auction that night. I slowly made my way up to the auctioneer and asked for a moment of his time, I said he was making all the other artists feel humiliated (who were in audience) and he should refrain form that kind of dialogue, but he didn’t listen and he found every way he could to push Neiman as the greatest.
I looked at my boyfriend and asked him to pull his van to the front of the building, and while he did that I stepped up to the stage and grabbed my art with both hands and started to walk off the stage. The Auctioneer asked what I was doing and I told him “Good Luck with your Leroy Neiman auction but I have had enough and am removing my art from Auction”…and walked out with my art.
My boyfriend asked me what I wanted to do with the art and I told him to drive to the Washington DC Home For Retarded Children and this was around 11:00 P.M. in the evening and once we got there I ran to the front door and banged and rang and kicked until I woke everyone up in there. I explained what happened that night and then told them I was donating the painting to the home as a gift and they took the artwork in a heartbeat and couldn’t thank me enough…that felt great :-)
This painting shows a joyous Autistic child winning a race and taking the gold ribbon, and within his body shows a ghost of the past, of how retarded children were abused years ago and filled with stress and sorrow and aloneness.
I present to you "THROUGH THE ANCIENT VICTOR"....Sheila Wolk