Welcome to Paint the Ballet, a cooperative arts project...
Ballet has a rich tradition in the visual arts, but access to the subject by the fine artist is rare.
In 2013, a group of painters who were interested in painting the theme of ballet were invited to join the Paint the Ballet project. This cooperative arts project was imagined after seeing a fundraising performance by dancers of the New Mexico Ballet Company (NMBC). Paint the Ballet was founded by New Mexico painter John Meister and developed purposefully to promote awareness and increase visibility of both the painters and the ballet company.
Roughly 36 painters are currently participating in this project. They work with the dancers of NMBC and, in exchange for access to the subject and modeling fees by the dancers, each is asked to submit a painting back to the Company for display, sale, or auction. Proceeds of the sales are split 50/50 between the Ballet Company and the painter.
This unique effort allows art to support art, talent to support talent.
Featured Painting: Gabriella, by Denali Brooke, pastel 18"x24"