Local ballerinas focus of new art exhibit at Purgatory Golf Club

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Pictured, back row, from left: Abby Burnette, Emma Hoffsetz, Kate Barker, Baileigh Isaacs and Karli Azar. Front row, from left: Audrey Holloway (of Gregory Hancock Dance Theatre), Chloe Andry and Hannah Winkler. (Submitted photo)

Ballerinas Academy of Dance students are being featured in a modern art exhibit, open to the public, at Purgatory Golf Club in Noblesville from now until Feb. 17. The exhibit is entitled, “Ballerinas on the Green.” Christine Merchent, co-owner of Purgatory Golf Club, is the artist and vision behind “Ballerinas on the Green.”

“It has been an honor to work with such a gifted artist and creative visionary. We are excited that Tenna Merchent chose us for her project,” Ballerinas Academy Director Becky VanBriggle stated in a press release.

According to the press release, Merchent’s vision for the project came to her after seeing a photo by Joe McNally of a ballerina in surroundings that were a strong contrast to her delicacy and beauty. She thought ballerinas juxtaposed against a golf course would be a beautiful setting for a photography project and provide a platform to bring attention to involvement in junior athletics.

“In the world of sports, the PGA and other organizations are always trying to find new ways to get young people interested sports. If a young man or woman looks at these images, I hope it will inspire them to get involved in golf or ballet,” Merchent stated.

For more, call 317-698-4237. For more on the artist and “Ballerinas on the Green,” visit christinemerchentart.com/ballerinas-on-the-green.