PHOTOS: Greenwich Avenue Becomes a Strolling Gallery of Art at the Opening Night of “Art to the Ave”

Ballet dancers from the Allegra Dance Studio perform at the Art to the Avenue festival. Credit: Karen Sheer

Ballet dancers from the Allegra Dance Studio perform at the Art to the Avenue festival with grace and smiles. Credit: Karen Sheer

Art to the Avenue’s annual spring festival celebrated its 19th year drawing crowds to Greenwich Avenue with overcast skies as the rain paused for the first time this week.

Every May, area artists’ works are placed in storefront windows, hung on walls, situated on sales floors or tucked amid merchandise as part of the event, which is run by the nonprofit Greenwich Arts Council.

At the opening on Thursday evening, most stores hosted receptions for the hundreds of visitors who attended to preview the work of over 120 artists. Flutes of wine and bubbly were offered as were tasty nibbles for the enthusiastic visitors.

Windows throughout Greenwich Avenue were decorated for the festival. Credit: Karen Sheer

A Kate Spade display, windows throughout Greenwich Avenue were decorated for the festival. Credit: Karen Sheer

At Baccarat, fine crystal shared the stage with paintings. Credit: Karen Sheer

At Baccarat, fine crystal shared the stage with paintings from artist Dale Najarian. Credit: Karen Sheer

Artist Cynthia Taft with on of her landscape paintings at Michael Kors. Credit: Karen Sheer

Artist Cynthia Taft with on of her landscape paintings at Michael Kors. Credit: Karen Sheer

Cynthia Taft's work intermingled with merchandise at Michael Kors. Credit: Karen Sheer

Cynthia Taft’s work intermingled with merchandise at Michael Kors. Credit: Karen Sheer

Artist Carol Nipomnich Nixon displays her work at Hermes. Credit: Karen Sheer

Artist Carol Nipomnich Dixon displays her work at Hermes. Credit: Karen Sheer

Stunning and intricate embroidered art by Credit: Karen Sheer

Stunning and intricate embroidered art by Carol Nipomnich Dixon. Credit: Karen Sheer

'Grace Notes' harmonizing on the Avenue. Credit: Karen Sheer

‘Grace Notes’ harmonizing on the Avenue. Credit: Karen Sheer

Dancers from Allegra Dance. Credit: Karen Sheer

Dancers from Allegra Dance. Credit: Karen Sheer

"Dance Moms" cheering on their kids from Allegra Dance. Credit: Karen Sheer

Gotta love “Dance Moms” cheering on their kids from Allegra Dance. Credit: Karen Sheer

Allegra Dancers tap the the beat. Credit: Karen Sheer

Allegra Dancers tap the the beat. Credit: Karen Sheer

The Greenwich High School Band entertained the crowds. Credit: Karen Sheer

The Greenwich High School Band entertained the crowds. Credit: Karen Sheer

Betteridge Jewelers added a jazz trio inside their gorgeous store. Credit: Karen Sheer

Betteridge Jewelers added a jazz trio inside their gorgeous store. Credit: Karen Sheer

Artist Felicity Kostakis with a painting at Betteridge Jewelers. Credit: Karen Sheer

Artist Felicity Kostakis with a seascape painting at Betteridge Jewelers. Credit: Karen Sheer

A gorgeous display at Bettering Jewelers displaying paintings of Felicity Kostakis. Credit: Karen Sheer

A gorgeous display at Betteridge Jewelers displaying paintings of Felicity Kostakis. Credit: Karen Sheer

Artist Christopher Brace with his wonderful urban photography at Rinfret Home & Garden. Credit: Karen Sheer

Artist Christopher Brace with his wonderful urban photography at Rinfret Home & Garden. Credit: Karen Sheer

Artist Rosemary Hanson's paintings at Lynnen's Inc. Credit: Karen Sheer

Artist Rosemary Hanson’s paintings at Lynnen’s Inc. Credit: Karen Sheer

Rosemary Hanson with her work at Lynnen's Inc. Credit: Karen Sheer

Rosemary Hanson with her work at Lynnen’s Inc. Credit: Karen Sheer

A couple admirers Rosemary's painting. Credit: Karen Sheer

A couple admirers Rosemary’s painting. Credit: Karen Sheer

Geoffrey Nichols with his digital photography at Bank of America. Credit: Karen Sheer

Geoffrey Nichols with his photography, created on an iPhone at Bank of America. Credit: Karen Sheer

Artist Angel Mieres displays his paintings at La Fenice Gelateria. Credit: Karen Sher

Artist Angel Mieres displays his paintings at La Fenice Gelateria. Credit: Karen Sher

Artist Ken Resen displays his abstract paintings at Madewell. Credit: Karen Sheer

Artist Ken Resen displays his abstract paintings at Madewell. Credit: Karen Sheer

Photographer Bill Gordon's work dot the brick walls of Bistro V. Credit: Karen Sheer

Photographer Bill Gordon’s work dot the brick walls of Bistro V. Credit: Karen Sheer

The shops and restaurants were brightly lit to showcase the hung art, and the artists were available to chat with the public admiring their work. Salespeople greeted all in a friendly manner and offered suggestions for Mother’s day gifts.

All the art on display is for sale, and a 30% tax deduction for the purchaser benefits GAC.

Throughout the avenue the sound of music could be heard as spirited bands, dancers and street performers dazzled the strollers with festive entertainment.

This longstanding tradition, grew out of the desire of the council and area businesses to tap into this intersection of commerce and creativity, as a way to benefit both communities.

The art 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.

The artists were delighted to have the exposure, sharing their talents and creativity. It is the largest arts festival of its kind, not just in Greenwich but in Fairfield County. If you are still considering a piece, the art stays in place through the month of May, still time to hang an original work of art in your home.


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  • Carol Nipomnich Dixon

    Carol Nipomnich Dixon’s oil paintings and embroidered collages are featured at Shipman and Goodwin, 3rd Floor, above( not in) Hermes.