Susan Eley Fine Art x Ellison Ballet
Susan Eley Fine Art is pleased to host Paint on Pointe—marrying classical ballet with contemporary art—to raise money for New York City’s Ellison Ballet. The exhibition, comprised of painted pointe shoes accompanied by statements and photographs of the young dancers who wore them, will be on view in the Main Gallery in our Upper West Side location from May 6 – 20, 2021.
The gallery selected six of its own artists to pair with six Ellison Ballet – Professional Training Program students. A union of pointe shoes and paint, each dancer donated a pair of well-worn pointe shoes to her artist partner. With no stylistic or technical restrictions, the artists employed genres of sculpture, painting, drawing and printmaking to create unique artworks. The stunning and fantastical results range from Karin Bruckner’s sculptural bouquet, utilizing the footless shoes as a vase to Liane Ricci’s colorful, sequined shoes in rainbow hues of purple and green.
Each creation will be displayed alongside a portrait of the dancer who plied and pirouetted in the shoes and several paintings by the respective artists. Money raised from the sale of the shoes and paintings will be donated to the Ellison Ballet Scholarship Fund.
Watch the full virtual opening reception below: