Last month the GSF Foundation proudly sponsored the Third Annual Kustom Kulture Charity Art Auction in Chicago which raised $60,000 in three days through the auction of original art pieces. This event was held in conjunction with the World of Wheels Custom Car Show at the Donald E. Stephens Convention Center in Rosemont, IL.
Kustom Kulture is a term used for the eye-catching designs on anything from big rig trucks to a skateboard deck; fantastic paintwork on the custom bike , trike or scooter; flames down the side of a hot rod, muscle car or VW. With the use of high-tech paintbrushes, artists created custom designs that bridge the gap between the traditional art of the past and the hi-tech realities of today. 100% of the monies raised at the Kustom Kulture event will support the world’s largest Ronald McDonald House currently under construction in the Streeterville, Near North Side community area of Chicago.
“What a great event this year!” said Paul Sestak, a founding member of the Brushmaster’s group, and member of the GSFF Oak Brook committee. “Starting over three years ago with a hope and a dream, this amazing group of custom-car-culture artists have raised $170,000. This could not have been possible without the generous support of time, ta lent and treasure from Chuck Browne [executive director, GSFF] Charlie Stone, [GSFF-Lemont chair and genera l manager, GSF Lemont, Il.]; and Mark Wetterau [GSFF chairman and GSF chairman of the board and chief executive officer], who are all car guys! This event exemplifies the power of our Values and Creed that make GSF such a special place to be part of.”
Over 80 of the most accomplished automotive artists from the Midwest were in attendance. “Chicago Style” art forms were featured with a vast array of pinstriped motor- sports-themed artwork, including artwork on hot rod and race car body panels, drag helmets, guitars, motorcycle tanks, signs, auto racing memorabilia and hot rod artifacts.
The Kustom Kulture auction also saw a gathering of local celebrities including Ronald McDona ld, the South Basin Bobcats Band and Mark Giangreco, ABC-7 sports broadcaster, who emceed the event. Chip Foose, known to motorsports enthusiasts the world over, was also there. Chip hosted “Overhaulin’,” an American automotive reality show that ran for five seasons on TLC between 2004–2009. Chip signed artwork that was later auctioned. The Ashley Force NHRA Ronald McDonald funny car was also on display which added to the excitement at this year’s event.