Founder Valerie Gibbons laughs with residents of an assisted living facility over “To Oz.” Many people are inspired to share memories when they meet the FootsieStools. (Photo by facility staff)

Founder Valerie Gibbons laughs with residents of an assisted living facility over “To Oz.” Many people are inspired to share memories when they meet the FootsieStools. (Photo by facility staff)

Young visitors go home with smile stickers after learning about the mission of FootsieStools Ltd. at an open house at the White House art studio.

Young visitors go home with smile stickers after learning about the mission of FootsieStools Ltd. at an open house at the White House art studio.

Speaker Program

“During my recovery from a life-changing illness, I began doing artwork to lift my spirits. These whimsical creations came about after I decoupaged garden magazine pictures onto a small four-legged wooden stool and, on a whim, put a pair of baby shoes on it. I laughed out loud . . . the best therapy of all!” —VG

Valerie Gibbons, M.S.Ed., is an educator and self-taught collage artist. In 2017, she founded FootsieStools™ Ltd., a charitable nonprofit organization. She talks about how she turned a life-changing illness into an opportunity to help herself and others through the healing power of art and humor. Speaker programs are tailored to the audience with topics on the benefits of art and humor for well-being.

 
(Photo by Emmanuel Lutheran Church)

(Photo by Emmanuel Lutheran Church)

Speaker Program at Emmanuel Lutheran Church in Rockford, IL. Valerie shares her story of healing through art resulting in the founding of FootsieStools Ltd. (Photo by ELC)

Speaker Program at Emmanuel Lutheran Church in Rockford, IL. Valerie shares her story of healing through art resulting in the founding of FootsieStools Ltd. (Photo by ELC)