Art to the Avenue returns May 2

In one of the surest signs that spring is upon us, Greenwich Avenue is once again poised to be turned into an outdoor art gallery.

Art to the Avenue 2013 will kick off in style on Thursday, May 2, 5:30 to 8 p.m. with opening night festivities, parties and entertainment. Tall, new, colorfully painted steel sculptures by nationally renowned sculptor Denis Folz have been installed along the avenue to inaugurate the Greenwich Arts Council’s annual May celebration of the arts.

This year Art To The Avenue, which transforms the downtown business area into a strolling art gallery, will run from May 2 on through May 27.

Now in its sixteenth year, the celebration is one of the largest ever mounted and includes 140 artists displaying their art work at more than 120 different locations. The goal of the project is to “match” artists with shops, restaurants and retailers who select their art to be shown. All art work is for sale benefiting both the artists and the council, while bringing thousands of additional visitors to the downtown Greenwich area.

The opening night festivities for Art To The Avenue are thanks to the “generous support of many area musicians, bands, singers, dancers and other performers that allows Greenwich Avenue to become alive with entertainment” according to organizers. Many locations showing art will also be hosting special free receptions for the artists and the public, encouraging visitors to meet the artists and join in the fun, convivial atmosphere.

This year some of the featured performers and groups include the nationally recognized Greenwich High School Jazz Ensemble under the direction of John Yoon, the Brunswick School Jazz Improv Group directed by Shane Kirsch, the John Motay Group, the Moving Arts Collaborative, Magic Dance, the Grace Notes, the Angel Choir with opera singer Pamela Kuhn and many more.

To allow walkers to stroll with ease, Greenwich Avenue in front of the Greenwich Arts Council will be closed to traffic and become the space for the parade of stilt walkers along with a special area for children’s art activities. First Selectman Peter Tesei will be on hand to deliver a proclamation highlighting the importance of the project to the vitality of the downtown.

Art To The Avenue is only made possible through the hard work of scores of volunteers headed by Committee Chair Fereshteh Priou, the GAC Board of Directors and project sponsors including lead sponsors People’s United Bank, Little Shop Around the Corner and Greenwich Pharmacy and Bank of America, Beam & Barre, C. Parker Gallery, INTERMIX, Lawrence and Michele Haertel, Sothebys International Realty, Stuart Weitzman.

Further information is available by calling the Greenwich Arts Council at 203-862-6750 or by logging on to greenwicharts.org.

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