Discover new works of art at The SoNo Collection. As a hub for our vibrant art community, we’re excited to share some amazing pieces by these very talented community artists.
Beginning July 17, local artists will be painting live at The SoNo Collection. Their paintings will be featured on display in the People's United Magnificent Room each week until October 3. All of the artists’ paintings will be made available for sale through an online auction.
All proceeds from the auction will benefit the Cultural Alliance of Fairfield County (CAFC) in support of their programs and services that strengthen the arts and cultural infrastructure of Fairfield County.
Explore our community through the lens of these local artists-in-residence.
From day one, Yedi Fresh has been creating. Whether it’s illustrating, painting, digital art, or mural work, the self-taught artist has allowed his creative nature to explode across canvases, notebooks, walls, and more. From an oversized yeti to captivating color therapy, there are always works in progress. Not a day goes by that Yedi can't be found with pencil, brush, or can in hand. To him, it is a nonstop vision.
Norwalk, Connecticut-based artist Sarah Stinson-Hurwitz soaks her canvases in surreal color palettes with subjects ranging from the human figure, to dreamlike landscapes, and quiet snapshots of daily life. The Carnegie Mellon University graduate is also passionate about bringing the local arts community together through collaborative projects, festivals, and murals. Her work has been included in multiple solo and group exhibitions in Connecticut, Pittsburgh, New York, Miami, and Charleston.
JAHMANE's career as an artist began in the form of graffiti and has evolved into a wide spectrum of mediums including works on canvas, photography, fashion design, graphic design, interior design, and large scale murals—all which have been exhibited extensively through galleries, museums, and publications. With years of formal training and living through his art, JAHMANE has developed a unique style that combines social awareness, spirituality, mythology, and abstract language in a way that intrigues all who view his work.
Leslie Cober-Gentry is an award-winning artist known for her uplifting art and design through her illustrations and performance spaces. She has a thriving career mentoring art students as a guest speaker at various universities throughout the country and as an assistant professor at the Fashion Institute of Technology (FIT) and Western Connecticut State University (WCSU). Cober-Gentry curates the Members Show at the Museum of American Illustration annually, while also serving as a member of the NYC Landmark50 Alliance, as chairperson of the Visiting Lecture Series at both FIT and WCSU, and has been newly appointed to the Sanford B.D. Low Illustration Collection Committee at the New Britain Museum.
Abriola is a classically trained artist, designer, and art director at various agencies in New York City and Connecticut. He is best known for his work in the music industry as the former creative director of EMI Music North America where he created award-winning cover art for many artists such as The Kinks, Todd Rundgren, Alice Cooper, Paul McCartney, George Harrison, Joan Baez, Peabo Bryson, Melissa Manchester, Liza Minelli, and Bernadette Peters, to name a few. Abriola’s latest work, his ‘Music Icon’ Pop Art Series is a culmination of his 30+ year career.
Justin W. Cox is an abstract artist fueled by surfing, music, art, and fashion. He works in acrylics, smearing and scraping vibrant colors with unpredictable outcomes. His work is bold and positive, influenced by the energy and beauty of the sea.
As an accomplished fashion designer and multi-media artist for such retailers as Macy’s, Nordstrom’s, Dillard’s, Neiman Marcus and several specialty store chains across the country, Vernice has traveled from Europe to the Far East shopping for the newest trends & styles to create her own artisan collections. Vernice has a penchant for using a variety of embellishments in her art including jewels, sequins, beads, Swarowski crystals, lipstick, eyelashes, flowers, scented oils and of course shimmering metallics and glitter! Vernice’s art is available on canvas art, home décor, wine glasses, apparel & accessories. Vernice’s lifestyle fashion illustrations are available as Stickers, Stationery & Planner Supplies via Etsy.
Naomi Clark is a painter and textile artist currently residing in Norwalk, Connecticut. The Joan Mitchell Foundation Award nominee and Pratt Institute graduate co-founded the immersive artist collaborative Fort Makers in 2008. Her work spans from classical paintings to interactive temporary installations and has been shown across the country, including set designs at MoMA’s PS1 and Fort Maker’s installations at Virginia Museum of Fine Art.
For Kristin Schnitzler, art has always been her creative outlet—her childhood was spent copying characters from the comic strips of her grandfather’s Sunday newspaper. She finds inspiration through her muses—in particular, people, animals, and, nature—bringing them to life using some of her favorite mediums, which include pen and alcohol ink and acrylic paint. The purpose of her work is to spread positive vibes, inspiration, and hope. One of her greatest accomplishments to date was painting a mural for the Art Park in Isaac Square located in Norwalk, Connecticut.
Duvian Montoya’s early work has been described as “magical realism,” which is partially influenced by author and fellow Colombian, Gabriel Garcia Marquez. Pieces from this time period focused on themes of immigration, Latin American identity in the U.S., and displacement. In his current phase, Montoya has increased focus on technical skill and detailed imagery. This quietness allows him to make fascinating, subtle statements about modern everyday life. Montoya’s work is actively collected by both public and private institutions, including the city of Norwalk, the city of New Haven, the Mattatuck Museum, Disney, and Gulfstream Worldwide.
Discover our awe-inspiring murals and other incredible works of art throughout The SoNo Collection. All of the artists’ paintings will be made available for sale through an online auction.
Snap and share photos of your favorite pieces by tagging @ShopTheSonoCollection and using hashtags #SoNoArt and #TheSoNoCollection.