About Us


Sonja Griffin Evans

Resident Artist

 Cultural artist, Sonja Griffin Evans is an acclaimed international cultural artist and the owner of Gumbo Gallery in Pensacola, Florida. Gullah Cultural Artist Evans has trained under some of the most talented artist in the country. Sonja believes art should encourage and inspire as well as educate, preserve and empower our communities. Her passion and drive is to artistically record her culture and heritage via her painting as a way of preserving its imagery for future generations. She is an advocate for the creation of Art Ministries in community churches and advocates for the arts across the country. She has received extensive recognition for her contribution of her artwork to museums and non-profit organizations.

With years of experience in sales, management and as a professional artist, she is diligently focusing on building an art industry that will create generational wealth in our communities and provide an incubator, becoming a primary source of representation in support of multicultural artists.

Sonja Griffin Evans is the founder of For Artists By Artists which is a nonprofit organization dedicated to promoting cultural diversity in the arts. Member of the Teaspoon Foundation, Century; Florida; and President of the De Villiers Cultural Heritage Society, Pensacola, Florida. She also serves on the Advisory Board for the National Cultural Heritage Tourism Center and on the Board of Directors for the Florida Black Chamber of Commerce. Sonja Griffin Evans and the Gumbo Gallery, have won many prestigious awards, and was recently named as a Mamie Till Mobley Woman Of Courage Award Honoree and was an Onyx Award Nominee; Evans has been featured on television, on radio broadcast and in many publications. Her artwork is in prestigious private and corporate collections nationally and abroad.