Art to the Ave Opening Festivities Set for First Thursday in May

A passerby admires the artwork of Beatrice J Drouhin. May 4, 2017 Photo: Leslie Yager

A passerby admires the artwork of Beatrice J Drouhin during Art to the Ave, May 4, 2017 Photo: Leslie Yager

Opening night of the 22nd annual Art to The Ave festival is set for Thursday, May 2 from 5:30pm to 8:00pm.

The festival is collaboration of local stores in the Greenwich Avenue area and local artists, made possible by the Greenwich Arts Council.

Each May, with the overwhelming support of the Greenwich business community, the Arts Council turns Greenwich Avenue into a strolling gallery. 

The evening launches a truly spectacular show as musicians and street performers fill the street entertaining strollers. 

Most stores host receptions for the hundreds of visitors who attend to preview the work of over 120 artists. The artworks selected by the retailers remains in place through Memorial Day, so there is ample time for viewers to experience the “gallery” that downtown Greenwich becomes. 

All the art on display is for sale.

New this year, all are invited to an after party to be held at the Greenwich Arts Council the night of May 2 from 7:30 to 9:00pm.

This is a special reception with music by YURI JUAREZ, an international music ensemble, blending Classical, Jazz, Flamenco, Brazilian, Tango and Afro-Peruvian music influences.

Greenwich High School bands played outside the Arts Council. May 4, 2017. Photo: Leslie Yager

Greenwich High School bands played outside the Arts Council. May 4, 2017. Photo: Leslie Yager

Scotty, aka My Balloon Guy, was prepared to entertain children outside Bank of America. May 4, 2017 Photo: Leslie Yager

Scotty, aka My Balloon Guy, was prepared to entertain children outside Bank of America. May 4, 2017 Photo: Leslie Yager

Olivia Jones, a dancer with Allegra. May 4, 2017 Photo: Leslie Yager