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About Us 2018-06-08T16:47:33+00:00

Patty Narozny
Executive Director

As owner and operator of Hot Works fine art and fine crafts shows, Patty Narozny comes to the table with a unique set of qualifications and talent that enable her to judge and jury a high-end art show with an incredibly high level of confidence, skill, and ease. Armed with B.S. in Corporate Finance from Detroit’s Wayne State University (1986), what started as comptroller for Detroit’s alternative art-heavy newsweekly, led her to a sales director position at Detroit’s NBC affiliate, which, in turn, proved to be a pivotal point in Ms. Narozny’s career.

It was at NBC where she learned the fine art of media negotiation, and which, to a large degree, accounts for the extensive media coverage her shows receive on the most limited of budgets. She will routinely run several hundred 30-second professionally-produced spots on the market’s major networks the week of the show, followed by on-site multiple interviews, often by multiple TV and radio stations, in addition to print, social media, banners, posters etc.

She maintains a positive edge on the buy/sell issues so prevalent in today’s art fair world by regularly attending as many wholesale shows as possible, thereby keeping an eye on the forged and fake “art” coming into this country. No one tries harder to keep out the buy/sell than Patty Narozny.

Perhaps her greatest contribution to the industry may very well be her non-profit arm, Institute for the Arts & Education (IA&E), a 501(c)(3) charitable organization whose stated purpose is to “educate and promote Fine Arts and Crafts among all artists and students, of all age groups and diversity, and to the general public.” IA&E’s “Youth Art/Budding Artist” competitions, a major component of all Hot Works’ events, are open to all budding young artists as young as five. Winners receive cash prizes, as well as Hot Works’ well known, gorgeous, 24″, seven-tail, ribbons – the same ribbons given the winners in the professional categories – as well as press coverage. With its separate awards ceremony on Sunday afternoon, to which all Budding Artist participants and their families are invited, Ms. Narozny again re-confirms her commitment to the arts in America and to those she serves with her diligence, integrity, and her never-ending goal of doing whatever she can to facilitate the independent artists’ ability to sell their art directly to the patron and collector at her shows. She is a one-of-a-kind in the world of art fairs. Ms. Narozny and her husband, both avid gardeners, reside in White Lake, Michigan.

Jim Sobczak

Jim has been an integral part of live television productions for 35+ years.

Jim is currently the director for the Detroit Pistons in-venue show since 2014 as well as the Detroit Red Wings director for the inaugural season at Little Caesars Arena. He directed the NHRA drag racing series that airs on Fox Broadcasting Companies and FS1 for two plus years.

As the technical director for many live TV sports, including NBA, MLB, NHL, NFL pre-season games, NASCAR, American LeMans as well as many corporate events with General Motors, Ford and Chrysler (now FCA), Jim has had a rock-solid background in technically implementing and executing the always challenging multi-camera and multi-record broadcasts.

Jim’s career has also been creatively enhanced by his editing skills. Winner of five Michigan EMMY awards for outstanding editing, in multiple categories, while working with the Detroit Pistons. Most recently, Jim collaborated as an editor on a Howling Diablo’s “Funk Hand” production, that earned Outstanding Video / Independent Budget (under $10,000) at the 2016 Detroit Music Awards.

Jim’s love of the visual arts has complemented and naturally led to his association and development of the Hot Works shows and brands.

Charles Roberts
Event Crew Captain

Dennis & Carolyn Shaw
Volunteers

Mary Anderson
Anderson & Anderson
Event Graphics

Heather Borowski  and Ashley Hanson
Event Crew

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SG Creative