No man is a failure who has friends.
December 31, 2008 7:38 AM Subscribe
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Bohemian owner of bookstore/vintage clothing shop, forced out of his store last year and facing eviction from his basement apartment, is profiled in the New York Times in August 2008
. NYT photog notices his paintings, contributes some art supplies and introduces him to a gallery owner. Heartwarming consequences ensue.
"The more he painted, the less he focused on the eviction, and the less depressed he got," says a friend. Four months later, Johnny Avery gets his own gallery show.
Neighborhood fans—among them, kids who found safe refuge in his shop decades ago—gather and pay tribute. “People used to look at me like the little guy selling second-hand books,” Avery tells the Times
in December. “This shows, hey, I can be lucky somehow. You know, it’s about time.”