I really enjoyed Art to the Avenue yesterday, and also saw Greenwich in a whole new light.
Everyone we encountered — merchants, other shoppers, pedestrians — were so friendly and engaging. Not the Greenwich I used to know. Has the flagging economy set a gentler tone there? Or was it because they’ve so been immersed in art this part month, it has soothed the souls of those striving downcounty A-type personalities? Because it serves the theme of this blog, I say the latter. That and maybe I was stereotyping a little.
Two Black Rock artists, Peter Konsterlie and Suzanne Filotei, were displayed in shops. We saw Konsterlie’s paintings and small painted figures at the Alice & Olivia boutique on the lower part of the avenue. Suzanne was situated a little off the main drag, in an antique shop called The Little Shop Around the Corner on Church Street and in the Nathaniel Witherell nursing home a quick drive away.
My prejudices about Greenwich being conservative and uptight were dispelled. The art was pretty good — often very good — and often quite contemporary and vibrant. I also was pleased by how culturally rich the street scene was, and how ethnically diverse the artists were.
In mid-afternoon, A Filipino Day Parade seemed to suddenly materialize on Greenwich Avenue, a sort of pageant with young ladies in gowns with embellished arches held overhead. Sort of caught me off guard.
I caught the event toward the end of its run. The last day Greenwich stores will be displaying artwork is tomorrow, May 31.