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“Sans Souci,” an arts and culture experience featuring a book signing and presentation of author Matthew Jenkins’ “Positive Possibilities: My Game Plan For Success,” will take place from 2 to 7 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 15 at The Zen Garden, 3688 Fairland Blvd., in View Park.

The free event will feature art by James Elcock (aka “Art by Salbello”). This particular artist works from the pain and difficulties experienced from a major spinal cord injury. The work is a reflection of the care provided by physicians, caregivers, family and friends. The event is hosted by Thomas Strang, artist in residence.

“My art emulates from the places that my mind drifts to while hands are examining me or fingers are preparing my body for invasive procedures,” Elcock said. “The media that I use in my pieces are as complex and unrestricted as my thoughts.”

Mediums have included seashell salt, a denim patch, cracked glass etc. often found along the local shoreline.

“When parts of my body are paralyzed by nature, my soul moves across the ocean, sits in a cafe with a bitter espresso, touches a stained glass lampshade, and kisses another beautiful soul,” the artist explained.

Critics have described Art by Salbello as “about life” in motivating the natural restorative process within the individual.

To RSVP, call (917) 214-2419.