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In a time when the youth of the nation are “Occupying Wall Street,” it should come as no surprise to see a great piece of street art, but this one is found in a place where one might least expect it.

Recently I’ve been spending quite of bit of time on Greenwich Avenue in Greenwich, CT and I route usually takes me past a gallery that features contemporary art and every time I walk by I can’t help but stop in front of the window to gaze at this original piece by Blek Le Rat:

"Riot Police", Blek Le Rat

 

Standing seven feet tall, this piece is hard to miss, although it may be a bit unassuming. One might marvel to think that it’s value is in the five-digit range, but when you look closer, you find a bit of history. Blek Le Rat is the godfather of street art, and has influenced the likes of Banksy, who has grown to be one of the most well-known street artists in the world. When asked about Le Rat, Banksy said that, “every time I think I’ve painted something slightly original, I find out that Blek Le Rat has done it as well, only twenty years earlier.”

It is pretty amazing to walk past such an politically-charged piece of artwork on such a quiet street: Greenwich, CT is a town where a lot of the wealthy Manhattan-ites come to raise their families and allow their dogs to roam free in a bigger backyard. One would think that they would be in pursuit of filling their walls with quaint floral impressionist landscapes, but even if you take the New Yorker out of the City, you can’t take the City out of a New Yorker and the owner of this gallery had the brilliant idea of bringing the urban art to this rural setting. The Samuel Owen Gallery is open Monday through saturday from 10:30am to 5:30pm and Sunday from 11:00am to 3:00pm. It is open to the public for free and I encourage you to come in and explore these rare and influential modern-day art pieces.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Every Friday for nearly 40 years, the Friends of Greenwich Library in Greenwich, Connecticut has been showing classic, eclectic and new release films. This Friday, October 28th,ย Before the Devil Knows Your Dead, starring Phillip Seymour Hoffman, Ethan Hawke and Albert Finney, will be on view starting at 8:00pm in the Cole Auditorium.

Before the Devil Knows You’re Dead is about two brothers who stage the robbery of their parents’ jewelry store in New York City. Andy, played by Phillip Seymour Hoffman, has embezzled from his employer to pay for his drug addiction and his younger brother, Hank, is indebted to his ex-wife for child support and must pay her back before she cuts him off and keeps him from seeing his daughter. But when their “victimless crime” spins out of control, both brothers must make choices out of fear and desperation.

Come see this amazing film, packed with star-studded performances. And as always, it’s free!

This post is about a venue that you might not think about when talking about galleries. Gifted Hands is a boutique on the border of Byram and Greenwich in Connecticut which features local artwork. All of the pieces are for sale and they usually aren’t as expensive as buying a piece from a gallery or museum. Plus, to me a piece created by someone local gives it such a personal feel because you know the artist is homegrown and usually you get a little bit more information about the process they used to make it.

Gifted Hands is located on Mill Street in Greenwich, CT and is open Monday through Friday from 11:00am to 5:00pm and Saturdays from 10:00am to 5:00pm.

Take time to visit this wonderful boutique to pick up something special and locally made. While you’re there, be sure to talk to the staff because they usually know the artists and their work first hand, that way you get an inside look into your purchase. So feel free to stop in and peruse all of the local art!