Inside Constellation Brands Headquarters, just outside Rochester, is an exhibit called The Newtown Collection. It was created by up and coming artist Henry Avignon. After the shootings at Sandy Hook Elementary School, Henry's 11 year-old son suggested he give the families of the victims some of his art.
"I just decided that it would be a beautiful gesture at least to carry it through for my son, to do it for him and for his conscience, that's something he desired," Avignon said.
Each of these works are inspired by the stories and pictures of the children and teachers who lost their lives. There's Catherine Hubbard and her red hair. And Jack Pinto, full of spirit and determination. And Caroline Previdi, wearing a blue tutu.
The collection debuted at Rochester's Axom Gallery last spring and then Avignon hand delivered it to Newtown. One edition was gifted to the victim's families. Another, to a Newtown Town Hall, where it was chosen from thousands of other submissions to be a permanent memorial.
"I think I learned a lot about suffering this past yea," Avignon said. "For all the beauty this collection has brought to a lot of people's lives, it's amazing how its meaning is what resonates most, and its meaning has roots in a very difficult time in a lot of people's lives."
Constellation Brands Chairman Richard Sands and his wife Jennifer were so moved by the collection that they sponsored another edition for display at the company's offices in Victor.
The tragedy in Newtown broke hearts. Avignon's art helps heal them.
To view the artwork, click here.