David Gibbs, SalesFactory + Woodbine’s (SFW) creative director emeritus, has been named Artist of the Year by Hirsch Wellness Network.

Hirsch Wellness Network is a cancer-support community that seeks to further the healing process and emotional needs of cancer survivors and their caregivers through free art and wellness classes.

Hirsch Wellness Network hosts an annual silent art auction. They call upon national artists to donate a piece of their artwork to the auction. All the proceeds go directly to Hirsch in an effort to help pay for support groups and art classes. Each year they name an Artist of the Year who is the featured artist at their event.

“As an eight year throat cancer survivor myself, I strongly believe in the work that Hirsch does and I am truly honored to be named Artist of the Year and have the opportunity to showcase my work at their silent auction,” said Gibbs.

As creative director emeritus at SFW, Gibbs works primarily behind the scenes on design aspects for client accounts. “I love being able to tap into my creative energy at work as well as at home. SFW has given me the opportunity to make a name for myself in the company, whether it is behind the scenes or as a creative director on a project,” said Gibbs.

Gibbs graduated from Virginia Commonwealth University with a degree in graphic design. Gibbs and wife Lynn continued in the design world by starting The Design Group, a graphic design/marketing company based in Greensboro, NC. The Design Group is known for being the first graphic design company in Greensboro and thrived in the area for 46 years.

SFW acquired The Design Group and the creative abilities of Gibbs almost two years ago. “We are fortunate to have someone of such caliber as David on our staff,” said Ged King, CEO of SFW.

The Hirsch Wellness Network silent auction will take place on September 11, 2014 from 6:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at the Elm Street Center in Greensboro.

For more information about Hirsch Wellness Network and the silent auction please contact Louise Grape at 336-549-8367 or email louise@hirschwellnessnetwork.org.