Here’s a story about a friend from high school from the Ft Myers News-Press:
Artist Gerard Damiano almost set fire to a lifetime of work.
“I was going to make a big bonfire in my back yard,” he says, completely serious. “It’s just that I felt I wasn’t growing and moving ahead as an artist. I was too attached to the art I’d done in the past — I was blocked by it. I was so frustrated; I just wanted to burn everything.”
Fortunately, before he struck the match, Damiano got a better idea. He joined forces with downtown Fort Myers’ Arts for ACT gallery for an exhibition, opening with a gala reception May 5 and continuing through May 30, appropriately titled, “Gerard Damiano’s Bonfire of Vanity.” A portion of the proceeds will go to ACT (Abuse, Counseling and Treatment, Inc.), the non-profit agency which provides services to victims of domestic violence.