In the wake of hurricane Ian, many cultural events in Southwest Florida were canceled … Hot Works show promoter Patty Narozny realized that hundreds of artists had lost homes, studios and opportunities to sell at shows.
Helping artists recover from storms isn’t new for Narozny who has provided exhibit grants for artists after earlier storms and during Covid. 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 SW Florida artist has been impacted in one way or another; some are sheltering family members, while others are helping neighbors with repairs. Narozny said, “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.”
One of the artists affected by the storm is Andee Axe, a contemporary painter based in Naples. Andee studied fine arts at Moore College of Art, her work taking on different forms and styles over time. Andee’s most recent paintings use acrylic and gouache mediums, at times incorporating glitter and beaded elements for texture, juxtaposition and a bit of pizzazz. Her style is bright, colorful and whimsical. Her focus is on the familiar and the famous: scenes and individuals that bring joy, whether from today or decades before us.
ndee’s work appears in numerous private collections, at pop-up events and can be seen in various galleries or her private studio by appointment. Andee happily accepts commissions and is thrilled to offer fans pieces of art that will bring them joy on a daily basis for years to come.
The photos represent Andee’s current body of work, which evolves on a daily basis. Commissions available in a variety of sizes and price ranges, inspired by an existing paintings or an idea that she can create together with the collector. She is flexible enough to work within almost any budget to create a piece you will cherish for decades. All paintings are acrylic on canvas with heavy resin. Some paintings have whispers of glitter.
The art show will be held its new home located at Paradise Coast Sports Complex March 25 and 26 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Admission is free with plenty of parking for all (and real restrooms), adds Narozny. More info is available at www.hotworks.org