Now in its 20th year, Art-to-the-Avenue is the annual month-long festival organized by The Greenwich Arts Council to highlight the area’s thriving arts community. The much-anticipated festival heralds the arrival of spring, and Greenwich Avenue and the surrounding streets become a strolling art gallery. The work of over 120 local artists is displayed for the month of May in participating business and retail stores during this area-wide partnership of artists and businesses.
One of the largest festivals in Greenwich, Connecticut, Art-to-the-Avenue is organized months in advance. The host businesses choose the artists whose work will be on display, and all of the art is for sale. A 30% tax deduction for the purchaser benefits the Greenwich Arts Council. The stores host receptions for the hundreds of visitors who attend Art-to-the-Avenue while strolling downtown Greenwich enjoying the musicians and street performers and performances by the Greenwich High School Band.
The law firm of Shipman & Goodwin LLP, founded in 1919 with offices throughout Connecticut, New York and Washington, DC, are the lead sponsors of this year’s event. Their generosity and that of other local sponsors help to ensure that Art-to-the-Avenue is a success. Be sure to take a look at Bob Mann’s colorful depiction of Greenwich Avenue on the Fourth of July on view in their office at 289 Greenwich Avenue.
Don’t miss visiting the newly refurbished offices of Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices New England Properties located off Greenwich Avenue at 136 East Putnam Avenue to view the seascapes of Maria C. Friscia. Doyle regularly hosts Consignment Days in the offices of Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices not only in Greenwich, but also in other communities throughout Connecticut and Westchester County.
The Greenwich Arts Council promotes the visual, performing and literary arts in Greenwich by encouraging artists, presenting their work and building audiences for the arts. The Council was incorporated as a 501©(3) non-profit arts organization in 1973. It is located in the Old Town Hall Building on Greenwich Avenue in the heart of the downtown business district.
Art-to-the-Avenue runs through May 29. For information, visit their web site
The Bruce Museum: Alfred Sisley
While in Greenwich, don’t miss the current exhibition at the Bruce Museum, Alfred Sisley (1839-1899): Impressionist Master. The first retrospective in the United States in over 20 years of this purest of all the major Impressionists, the show is comprised of about 50 of Sisley’s paintings from private collections and major museums in Europe and North America. It is the only venue in the United States with a near-exclusive focus on landscapes.
Alfred Sisley (1839-1899): Impressionist Master is on view at the Bruce Museum through May 21. For information, visit their web site.