Junior Sinmi Ajao Hosts Exhibition and Charity Event for Hoboken Shelter

Sinmi Ajao pictured center with patrons at Tresorie Gallery and Framing


Sinmi Ajao ’23 of Hoboken ended summer vacation with a tremendous undertaking that not only showcased her artistic talents but also brought much needed relief to homeless people in Hoboken.  She created eleven original paintings in both acrylic and gouache and sold them through a charity exhibition hosted by Tresorie Gallery and Framing.  Proceeds from the sale of Sinmi’s paintings benefited the Hoboken Shelter. The Hoboken Shelter provides food, shelter, case management, counseling, skills-training workshops, and permanent supportive housing solutions to those in need. Sinmi’s art exhibit and sale was a huge success, with all of her 11 pieces being sold surpassing her goal of $1000.


Sinmi volunteered at the Hoboken Shelter with her mother and through Saint Dominic Academy. When asked about her motivation for this project she stated, “During the pandemic, I noticed more homeless people on the streets and worried about them. They didn’t seem to have anything and I wanted to help them. The one thing of value that I did have, that I could donate, would be my art.”


Sinmi approached Heba Elbanna, owner of the Trestorie Gallery, asking if she would be willing to host the event in her Hoboken Gallery. She graciously held the one night show and even offered to frame the artworks.  In collaboration, they decided on the eleven pieces, a few from Sinmi’s collection but most to be created in preparation for the event. Ms. Elbanna was quite impressed not just with Sinmi’s technical skill but also with her dedication, “Pulling together an exhibition is hard and while I appreciate her talent I am even more impressed by her effort and approach.  She really is invested in our community and I was happy to help her make this exhibition and charity event a reality.”


At Saint Dominic Academy young women participate in projects that utilizes their graces in a variety of positive ways. This project gave Sinmi a chance to showcase her talents through charitable giving and put a special emphasis on our faith and helping those in need.  Please consider volunteering your time or donating goods to the Hoboken Shelter. https://www.hobokenshelter.org

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