In the wake of Hurricane Ian, many cultural events in Southwest Florida were canceled. But Hot Works show promoter Patty Narozny realized that hundreds of artists had lost homes, studios and opportunities to sell at shows. Narozny’s Hot Works art shows are one of the only shows to survive the storm in Southwest Florida this fall.
While Narozny was forced to postpone the Estero Fine Art Show at JetBlue Park in Fort Myers to Jan. 7-8, 2023, Narozny diligently worked with the management of Paradise Coast Sports Complex in Naples to keep her November show dates and accommodate artists who were impacted by the storm.
Helping artists recover from storms isn’t new for Narozny who has provided exhibit grants for artists after earlier storms. The storm stories are numerous, in Englewood a local jewelry designer sheltered at home while his roof was ripped off and large trees fell through the living room ceiling. Another artist sheltered in their RV while their home was completely destroyed.
Every Southwest Florida artist has been impacted in one way or another; some are sheltering family members, while others are helping neighbors with repairs.
“Buying art at this time helps restore our creative community and support the artists who make southwest Florida such a wonderful cultural destination for tourists and a great place to live,” Marozny said.
The art show will be held its new home located at the state-of-the-art Paradise Coast Sports Complex on Nov. 12-13 from 10 am-5 pm daily. Admission is free, and there is plenty of parking and restrooms for all. For more information, visit www.hotworks.org.