SANIBEL ISLAND, Fla. (April 30, 2013) Sanibel Island’s Il Cielo restaurant hosted a reception on Sunday, April 28 for east coast artists Carmen Lagos and Gustavo Castillo.

Attendees conversed with the artist about the vibrant and colorful paintings that are hung throughout the restaurant, all of which are also for sale.

Meaning “the sky” in Italian, Il Cielo is located at 1244 Periwinkle Way on Sanibel Island.

Suzanne Lurie, Sanibel resident and retired interior designer who curated the artwork for Il Cielo, owns a number of Lagos and Castillo’s prints in her Sanibel home and brought one of her own Giclees of a banana leaf by Lagos and hung it in the restaurant’s foyer. She helped select the additional 15 pieces from Lagos and Castillo’s catalogue. The limited edition prints, which were personally framed by the artists, range in size from 30 inches by 40 inches to 50 inches by 70 inches.

Castillo and Lagos have been painting full time for 24 years. The married couple turned to painting full time after successful careers as a commercial pilot and architect. Lagos’ work features an earthy palette and detailed forms of leaves and blossoms. Castillo’s work, by contrast, has an abstract foundation and playfully addresses images and colors.

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Paul McCarthy, Suzanne Lurie & Gustavo Castillo

Randy & Penny Wilkinson

Suzanne Lurie & Penny Wilkinson

Carmen & Mike DeTommaso with Chef Neil Griffin

Erik Vandenburgh & Veronica Garay-Stough

Carol & Ed Garske

Gustavo Castillo with Jeff & Alison Gibson

Yolanda & Camilo Buendia