The stunning “heart art” of Fabio Napoleoni will be on display once again later this summer August 24-25 at the Vinings Gallery on Canton, 938 Canton St. in Roswell. This will mark the second year his pieces will be featured in an exclusive show at the gallery.
“Not only is Fabio an amazingly talented artist but an exceptional person as well,” said Liza Rawls, Vinings Gallery on Canton’s Director. “His works present nostalgia, sorrow, and moments that lift the soul, coupled with vivid colors and captivating characters. Fabio’s originals are in high demand on a global level, so the fact we will have them at this show for the second consecutive year is something we are absolutely ecstatic about.”
Napoleoni and his wife Nicole will be on hand as guests at the gallery for a private event Friday, August 23rd, from 6-9 p.m. benefitting Enduring Hearts, a nonprofit that funds research to increase the longevity of organ transplants, improve the quality of life for transplant recipients, and eliminate pediatric heart diseases that lead to transplantation. At the event, Napoleoni will be unveiling a new original sketch inspired by Enduring Hearts. The original sketch will be available via silent auction during the private event. 100% of the proceeds from the sketch and a portion of proceeds from the evenings sales will be donated to the charity. When completed, the full color oil on canvas will be auctioned at Enduring Hearts’ signature fundraiser, the 5th Annual Bourbon Gala & Auction on February 21, 2020. The August show will also feature signed and numbered limited editions and artist proofs of Napoleoni’s original piece Resilient.” Resilient was inspired by the story of Maya Gahan, the daughter of Enduring Hearts founder, Patrick Gahan.
The weekend will also mark the official kickoff of a special raffle benefiting Enduring Hearts. There will be a chance for one person to win the opportunity to drive a different Audi every month for one year, courtesy of Enduring Hearts’ partner Audi Atlanta. Tickets for the raffle featuring the grand prize of the “One Year Mobility Driving Experience” will cost $100 per ticket with only 600 tickets available for purchase. The final drawing will be held the night of the Bourbon Gala on February 21, 2020. The second prize winner will receive a cash prize of $2,500 and the third prize will receive $1,000. You can learn more about the raffle’s specifics at enduringhearts.org
“We are thrilled to grow our relationship with Fabio and Audi Atlanta,” said Carolyn Salvador, executive director of Enduring Hearts. “We are so grateful for their continued commitment and generosity to Enduring Hearts. There’s no doubt there will be mass appeal for this unique opportunity to experience Audi’s inventory of luxurious and sharp looking vehicles. And Fabio has seen what it is like to be the parent of a child with congenital heart disease and therefore knows all too well the wide range of emotions one can experience when faced with a series of challenging heart conditions. You can clearly see that reflected in his thought provoking pieces.” Anyone interested in learning more about the evening and supporting Enduring Hearts should visit donateheart.org.
“My time in Atlanta last summer was one of the highlights of the year, so it was a quick and easy decision to return to Vinings Gallery,” said Fabio Napoleoni. “It is an honor to partner with a highly inspirational and well-run organization like Enduring Hearts and all the impactful work the nonprofit is doing not only with research to make sure pediatric heart transplants are healthier and longer lasting in the future, but through the different ways Enduring Hearts families who have already received transplants or waiting for a heart transplant.
About Enduring Hearts
Since inception in 2014, Enduring Hearts has funded approximately $4 million in research grants aimed at helping children with end-stage heart failure not only live longer lives, but also improve the quality of life for transplant recipients. Enduring Hearts partners with top research institutions across North America seeking out the most innovative and promising research to unlock the key to transplant longevity and improved quality of life for children with heart transplants.
Additionally, Enduring Hearts’ Road to Recovery Gas Card Program, offered at transplant centers across the US, helps to mitigate the high cost of travel for pediatric heart transplant families while their child is being cared for at a hospital. Families enrolled in this program are eligible for up to one year of free gas cards. In addition to providing the gas cards, Enduring Hearts supplies these families with research updates in layman’s terms to help them understand current and emerging transplant trends.
About Vinings Gallery on Canton
Opened in 2016, Vinings Gallery on Canton is the sassy little sister of Vinings Gallery in Historic Roswell with a sublime palette, entertaining soundtrack and gracious staff. The trademark Vinings Gallery atmosphere prevails on Canton Street with a fresh, colorful mix of emerging and world-renowned artists including an amazing array of stunning fine art glass and contemporary sculpture. With a regular monthly schedule of visiting artists and featured work, both galleries present the opportunity for guests to engage on a personal level with the artists and to truly become inspired by the artwork they collect. Additional information and a full schedule of upcoming events is available online at vininigsgallery.com.
About Fabio Napoleoni
Nostalgia, whimsy and moments that lift the soul reside in Fabio Napoleoni’s contemporary artwork. Vivid colors and captivating characters invite the viewer into an emotional ride that was originally inspired by the artist’s childhood imagination and an immense familial love. Each of his works could have a thousand titles, and in each, the common thread is a beautiful heart – a reflection of his love for his daughter Lauren. More about the Orlando-based artist and his inspiration can be found at fabionapoleoni.com