Now in its 20th Year, Art to the Ave Returns to Greenwich Avenue

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

Opening night 2016. Artist Felicity Kostakis with a seascape painting at Betteridge Jewelers. Credit: Karen Sheer

It’s almost time for Art to the Avenue 2017.

Opening night 2015

Opening night 2015

The event, which is a collaboration of local stores in the Greenwich Avenue area and local artists, made possible by the Greenwich Arts Council runs from May 4 through May 29.

Now celebrating its Twentieth Year Art to the Avenue 2017 is bigger and better than ever.

Over 100 retailers in downtown Greenwich are participating this year, along with more than 120 artists.

The excitement has already begun as retailers and artists came together a short while ago to “choose each other” for their locations.

Each participating retailer has the opportunity to actually view and personally select the art work that will be displayed at their store. They meet the artist of their choice, and individually work out exactly the display that will be at their site for the month of May.

This “match” is one of the signature aspects of GAC’s Art to Avenue that makes it like no other in the area.

Also quite special is the spectacular Opening Night on Thursday, May 4, which runs from 5:30 to 8:00pm.

Vincent Nobile of the Trummytones on trombone greeted passers by during the Art-to-the-Ave kick off party.

Opening night 2015, Vincent Nobile of the Trummytones on trombone greeted passers by during the Art-to-the-Ave kick off party. Photo: Leslie Yager

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

Opening night 2016. Ballet dancers from the Allegra Dance Studio perform at the Art to the Avenue festival with grace and smiles. Credit: Karen Sheer

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

Opening night 2016. Betteridge Jewelers added a jazz trio inside their gorgeous store. Credit: Karen Sheer

Practically every location on Greenwich Avenue will be hosting a special reception that night for the artists and the public. In addition the viewers will be entertained by more than 15 bands, musical groups and other performers all along the Avenue. It is the biggest arts festival in the area and not to be missed, and perhaps best of all it continues through the end of May.

Of special importance for both viewers and the artists is that all the art work is for sale, with a portion of the sale benefiting the arts education programs of the GAC as well as the artists.

All purchases can be made by calling the Greenwich Arts Council as at (203) 862- 6750.

Art to the Avenue opening night 2015.


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