Sorelle Gallery is pleased to announce an upcoming Book Signing event with Sorelle artist and illustrator, Laerta Premto to celebrate the launch of her new book, ABC Animal Alphabet. The event will take place at Sorelle Gallery (19 Church Lane in downtown Westport, CT) on July 29th from 1:00 - 3:00pm. Attendees will have the chance to meet the artist, learn about her process and inspiration, and purchase a signed book, in addition to exploring the select original paintings she has on view at the gallery.

Premto is a watercolor artist who paints a variety of subject matter, most often focusing on animals and architecture inspired by her travels. Her new book, which launched on Amazon in April of this year, features a watercolor illustration and fun fact corresponding to each letter of the alphabet, “taking young readers on an exciting journey through the animal kingdom.”

ABC Animal Alphabet by Laerta Premto, for sale at Sorelle Gallery's Book Signing Event on July 29, 2023 and on

"ABC Animal Alphabet is a book I started while I was working on another book in France," Laerta says. "One day I was taking a break and went to visit a bookstore down the street. As I was browsing through some books for inspiration, all of a sudden I came up with a new book idea. So I marched back to my apartment and started designing the book.

"Overall, I think this is a fun book for people of all ages - even parents. There's a bonus spread on the back of the book for children to practice their letters, which I love, because it adds another layer of interactivity with parents or caregivers."

Premto says the book was also largely influenced by her two young nephews, Noah and Theo. "I was very much influenced by my nephews and decided that I wanted to pursue children's books at some point. I loved how much they interacted with books so it instantly lit me up! That's why I dedicated my first book to them."

"We are so pleased for Laerta and this huge accomplishment,” says Sorelle Owner Sandy Pelletier. "We know this is just the beginning for her and the amazing things she will continue to create.”

Premto's Animal Alphabet open edition print on canvas in a warm silver frame. 

Premto's Animal Alphabet (above) can also be found as an customizable open edition print for purchase here

Light refreshments will be available during the event, which is free and open to the public. Garage and street parking is available throughout downtown Westport, CT.

Laerta Premto is a multidisciplinary artist who inspires others to push their boundaries by embarking on travel adventures and self development through her whimsical illustrations. Her personal adventure began at a young age when her family immigrated to the United States from Albania. The challenges and struggles of learning a new culture and language only fueled her curiosity and desire to see more of the world. She graduated with a BFA from University of Hartford and earned her masters at CCSU where she studied in China. Since then, she has united her passions for art and exploration by working as a designer and illustrator and traveling the globe. 

To learn more and purchase ABC Animal Alphabet, visit Laerta's website. You can also find Laerta's original paintings and prints in the Sorelle collection here


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