Local photographer’s art to be on display during Masters


All of Merchent’s “Ballerinas on the Green” photographs feature local golfers and local ballerinas at Noblesville’s Purgatory Golf Club. (Submitted image by Christine Merchent)

A Noblesville artist’s work will be featured at the Augusta Regional Airport during the  2018 Masters Tournament April 2-8.

Christine Merchent, creator of the “Ballerinas on the Green” series uses ballerinas and classical ballet themes with golfers and golf courses as her backdrop.

“(Merchent’s) portrait style will not only attract attention from golf fans, but the dance community as well,” said Lauren Smith, spokesperson for the Augusta Regional Airport. “The Airport Art Committee thought the airport would be a perfect venue to highlight her creative talent.”


It is estimated that more than 250,000 people visit the airport annually. Five of Merchent’s pieces will be featured. All of the photos were taken at Noblesville’s Purgatory Golf Club, which Merchent and her husband own. Her son plays golf for Noblesville High School.

“The golf course is my studio,” Merchent said. “Replacing golfers with ballerinas makes it a fantasy, but because every other element in the art is so true to the game, it feels like it could happen. The project as a whole also highlighted two very different junior sports.”

Locally, Merchent was named the 2017 Nickel Plate Arts Artist of the Year. In 2014, she was recognized as a top 10 photographer in the state by the Indianapolis Professional Photographer’s Guild.

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