For artist Benjamin Casiano, it's all about color when he paints.
"I like doing vibrant colors," said Casiano.
Inspired by artists like Picasso,
"I started going with the whole figurative because I'm a big admirer of the great masters like Modigliani and Picasso," said Casiano.
Casiano painted this work for the Stamford Art Association's exhibit, 'Love is in the Air.' He was awarded first place.
"You know, I thought I was just going to get accepted. I didn't know I was even going to win anything," said Casiano, who was surprised and honored by the award.
This is the association's first art exhibit of 2014 at the Ferguson Library. They've been displaying local artists' work at the library for four years.
"We give first, second and third and several honorable mentions," said Judy Peknik, a board member of the Stamford Art Association.
"It's just about bringing the community of artists together and also bringing art to the community," said Stamford Art Association President Christine Irvin.
"You get all the artists coming out together, you know, to see each others' work," said Peknik, "And then also to the public."
"It's wonderful. I'm glad. The more exposure for other artists, not just for myself, that have been doing it for a while, but for other upcoming artists," said Casiano.
"I'm honored to be a part of this exhibit amongst all these amazing, amazing artists," said artist Jennifer Colombo.
She won second place for her painting.
"When the idea for this show 'Love is in the Air' came up, I was reflecting on all the different forms of love and I was thinking of all my friends that are having kids and my relationship with my own parents," said Colombo. "I came up with this idea and kind of felt very compelled to paint it."
Thursday was the exhibit's opening reception, displaying 25 artists' work. Attendees say this is the perfect way to escape these freezing temperatures.
"It's a nice place to come on a cold night. It's nice and warm in here," said Cookie Yordon, a Norwalk resident.
The show will run through April, and is free to the public during regular library hours.