Nicolina Marie is one of the fortunate few East Villagers who make a living with their art.
This holiday season, she is decorating 40 city stores with snowflakes and sleighs throughout the city. On Tuesday at The Bean on 3rd street and 1st avenue, she painted overnight and into the next day, when customers came in for their morning coffees.
“The hardest thing about public art is getting caught,” said Ms. Marie, who has been caught doing street art in unauthorized places three times by police. She said the cops never pressed charges, because they seemed to understand she was making pieces people enjoy.
Ms. Marie considers her work at The Bean, B-Cup Café, and Two Boots, among others, a commercial form of public art.
“I get paid, which is great, but I also get to reach a lot of people, which is ideal.”