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Windows show has some art ‘in store’ for the Village

Helping add some life and beauty to the Village’s streets, Art on the Ave, a new public-arts initiative, recently kicked off in select storefront windows, most of them currently vacant.

A total of 31 local artists have pieces in 11 storefronts on Bleecker, Christopher and Hudson Sts. in the installation, which runs through July 8.

From left, Barbara Anderson, Norma Krieger, Manhattan Borough President Gale Brewer and Susan Davis-Eley toured Art on the Ave last week. Krieger and Davis-Eley co-curated the installation. (Photo by Tony Hoffmann)

As well as landlords of vacant storefronts, some merchants who are still in business and liked the idea of showcasing art and helping add to the street life are also participating.

There is a walking tour and also an online interactive experience as part of the event.

One of the storefronts in Art on the Ave. (Photo by Tony Hoffmann)
A violinist performed during last week’s tour of the installation. (Photo by Tony Hoffmann)

The effort is being supported by the Greenwich Village Chelsea Chamber of Commerce. The goal of Art on the Ave, according to the chamber, is to “bring a sense of confidence, pride and excitement back to the local neighborhood and economy.”

One of the works in Art on the Ave in the Village. (Photo by Tony Hoffmann)
The installation features an interactive element, in which people can hear statements from the artists. (Photo by Tony Hoffmann)

Art on the Ave is organized by Jackie Graham and her mother Barbara Anderson. The event’s first incarnation was along Columbus Ave. on the Upper West Side. Their third event, after this one in the Village, is planned for the Financial District.

For more information, visit Art on the Ave.

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