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Greenwich Kicks Off Art To The Avenue Celebration

Residents relax on the grass and listen to the Greenwich High Jazz Band during Art to the Avenue in 2011. Photo Credit: File
Denis Folz's, Silo of Jester, painted steel, is the featured sculpture for 2014's Art to the Avenue in Greenwich that begins Thursday and finishes May 26. It will be on display in front of the arts council. Photo Credit: Greenwich Arts Council
Greenwich Arts Council is hosting its 17th annual Art to the Avenue event that opens Thursday and ends May 26. Art will be featured in businesses throughout the town's downtown area, including Greenwich Avenue. Photo Credit: Greenwich Arts Council

GREENWICH, Conn., -- The works of more than 100 artists will be on display in one of the more memorable “art museums” in Greenwich.

The 17th annual Art to the Avenue kicks off Thursday night in Greenwich as artwork will fill the downtown’s stores.

“This is very, very diversified,” Paul Master-Karnik, executive director of the Greenwich Arts Council, said of the range of artists and artistic styles that will be on display.

“There are younger artists, and there are more established professional artists,” he said.

Artists who seek to be involved in the event send a request in during the fall, and over two days in February retailers choose who they want to be exhibited in their businesses, he said.

The opening is Thursday from 5:30 to 8 p.m., with the work of more than 120 artists on display in the various sites.

The art will be on display until May 26 and is for sale, Master-Karnik said.

The Greenwich Arts Council receives 30 percent of the sale, which helps pay for the council’s costs for the event, while the artists gets 70 percent, Master-Karnik said.

The nearly four-week art display turns Greenwich Avenue into a “strolling gallery,” he said. People can take in a wide variety of art at their own pace and enjoy the whole experience.

Event co-chairs are Greenwich Arts Council board members Fereshteh Priou and Jan Marchand.

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