Art on the Ave was an idea conceived in 2020 by teachers struggling to find a way to discuss the trauma and tragedy of a year living in the middle of a Pandemic. They wanted an opportunity to provide a platform for their students to have a meaningful discussion about what was going on all around them. Asking artists to express this in a creative way, and showing the work in an outdoor environment, socially distancing, seemed like a great way to benefit not only their students and the artists, but also provided a nice artistic adventure the the local community.
Working with local property owners and businesses on the Upper West Side, Art on the Ave filled empty windows with works created by local artists ~ giving all proceeds to the artists, who had also been severely hurt by the Pandemic. That first edition was so well-received, Art on the Ave was encouraged to create a second edition. The theme for the next edition, Awakening ~ the location ~ the West Village.
Art on the Ave founders Barbara Anderson and Jackie Graham (Mothers & Daughter) chose the West Village because of its bohemian and artistic roots, beginning as a hub for local artists. It has since evolved into an area that displaced a lot of the locals that gave it its charm.
Speaking to the concept of ‘Awakening,’ Art on the Ave enlisted two new curators working with them ~ Susan Davis Eley and Norma Krieger, bringing a plethora of curatorial experience to the team.
Using Art on the Ave as an outdoor classroom, students are invited to paint works inspired by their art walk, along with printable educational material for parents and teachers to download, grades Kindegarden through twelfth grade.
Each participating artist will bring to the project their individual interpretation of ‘Awakening.‘
Participating artists include: Gary Buckendorf ~ Patricia Gordon ~ Kate Fauvell ~ Mark Venaglia ~ Carol Dronsfield ~ Mark Kleinman ~ Sofia Brunetti ~ Kevin Kinner ~ Bonnie Josephson ~ Alexis Portilla ~ Michael Anthony Pegues ~ Alisa Alferova ~ Xian Eley ~ Erica Jones ~ Melika Dave ~ Marcello Rudofsky ~ Joseph Laurro ~ Paola Bermudez ~ Ryoko Endo ~ Kevin Byrd ~ Teesha Muhammad ~ Fukuko Harris.
Art on the Ave has secured eight locations in the West Village, and hopes for a mid-April launch, continuing with a socially distanced gallery walk using digital and printable maps. Art on the Ave: Awakening will be on view from April 15 to July 8, 2021. A map is forthcoming.