Samuel Owen Gallery was packed with artists, enthusiasts and curious onlookers for the opening of “On Every Street,” an exhibition of more than 30 street artists curated by Michael De Feo. The exhibit contained an impressive and eclectic selection of works from such heralded names as pseudonymous Brit Banksy, Jean-Michel Basquiat,Keith Haring, Parisian stencil graffiti innovator Blek le Rat, “Space Invader” Don Leicht and Obama Hope poster creator Shepard Fairey. Although there were a few, mostly older, Greenwich natives who admitted they “didn’t get it,” and a moment of panic nearly ensued when a child tried to get a bit too hands-on with a Basquiat piece on display, most attendees raved about the works. A younger woman in attendance summed up the general vibe by proclaiming, “This is the coolest arts event I have ever seen in Greenwich, by far.”
De Feo, whose flower images frequently land on the cover of New York Magazine‘s “Reasons to Love New York City” issues, was ebuillient about the space and the throng of attendees. “I really wanted an opportunity to introduce my friends, and the art form we participate in, to a really new, broad audience, to do it in a really different spot.” He continued, “I love what they have done with this space. It just seemed like a really good fit: It’s close enough to New York so that all my friends who live and work down there can come up and check out the show, but it also lends something new to this area.” [The Feast]
The exhibit runs through November 3 and will be open for viewing during gallery hours: Monday-Saturday from 10:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., Sunday from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Samuel Owen Gallery is located at 378 Greenwich Avenue in Greenwich.