ArtSmack is the fine art event when Neenie’s House highlights a local artist’s work.
A generous selection of the artist’s works are displayed, along with music and refreshments. On Sunday, May 23 from 1 to 5 p.m., artist Gil Sanchez will be featured with his incredible sculptures. Gil is a self-taught artist, whose work has exhibited and won many awards.
They include showing at Naples Art, Center of the Arts Bonita Springs, Alliance of the Arts, COCO Art Gallery in Estero and BIG ARTS on Sanibel. His subjects can be the family pet to nightclub singers.
His works are full size, so the Peace Plaza at Neenie’s House is the perfect showplace for his fantastic artworks. The open air venue will have many of his imaginative, realistic sculptures of manatees, owls, cats and dogs, and much more. Gil also has serious pieces, dealing with loss and anxiety. This show will truly engage the emotional ranges of his art.
Gil’s prolific artworks result from a near-death work related fall. In his rehabilitation, he became more serious about doing his art, and it went from a hobby to his passion and profession. He is truly an example of human courage and faith. And from this, we have his wonderful works to enjoy.
Janeen Vanko, the owner of Neenie’s House, wants to see more sculpture, and large art, for the community. Her arts and cultural emporium supports music, fashion and written arts. For the last two years she has tried to create a bohemian, funky, scene in her East Palm neighborhood. With ArtSmack coming back, this only adds to her already happening events of ArtGrooves, Sunset Yoga and the weekly East Palm Mercado (on Saturdays and Sundays). And don’t forget Love Your Rebellion’s Zine Library is at Neenie’s. “So please, support the arts, and the East Palm neighborhood, and put some funk in Fort Myers,” says Janeen.
Neenie’s House is located at 481 Marsh Ave. (just off Palm Beach Boulevard). For more info, visit online at www.neenieshouse.com or call 224-678-4901.