In response to the humanitarian crisis occurring in and around Ukraine, and in response to the heightened demand of her work in digital form, Philadelphia artist (former lawyer and founder of the Gallery of Good®) Dori Desautel Broudy has created a portfolio of mission-driven NFTs focused on themes of unity, peace and hope. The collection consists of 17 unique (one-of-one) pieces never before available for purchase, with 100% of the net proceeds dedicated to organizations supporting the people of Ukraine: (1) World Central Kitchen (WCK.ORG); (2) UNICEF (unicef.org); (3) Save the Children (savethechildren.org); and (4) Rescue.org. Each NFT-a presentation of Dori’s original illustrative works in digital form-is also accompanied by a gallery-grade acrylic block of the image, along with a personalized Artist Statement from Dori herself.
The name of Dori’s first NFT collection is “For Sam”- dedicated to her dear friend, the late Samantha Smith who, in the 1980’s, (at the age of ten), wrote to the former Soviet Premier Yuri Andropov expressing concern over a potential nuclear war between the two countries. He responded by inviting Samantha and her family to visit the Soviet Union, which they did (largely unheard of at the height of the Cold War). Samantha became a national treasure there, as she did in the United States, and returned home to promote peace and inspire children of all ages (she was even asked by Robert Wagner to star in his television series called “Lime Street”, where she played one of his daughters). Sadly, Samantha’s incredible work was cut short in 1985 when she and her father, along with several others, died in a plane crash. Her mother then founded the Samantha Smith Foundation, and facilitated the first youth exchanges between the two countries. This collection is meant to honor Sam’s legacy and serve as a reminder of the power and positive impact that even one child is able to effectuate worldwide.
Dori’s works will be auctioned on OpenSea starting April 15th through April 29th and the entire collection is available for viewing as of April 1st. For more, click here!