Ballet Art Begets Egg Art

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Wearable art, ballet art, and sculpture art are brought together in VIVIAN ALEXANDERÂ?Â?s "Jewels" to honor the life and accomplishments of George Balanchine, the renown Russian chorographer that created the New York City Ballet, transformed the art of ballet in Broadway Musicals, and remade the way ballet is performed around the world.

Working with the design team of the Saratoga Performing Arts Center was inspirational. Artists, down deep, have the same creative talent and, deliberately or not, work under the influence of other artists of the past or present. The VIVIAN ALEXANDER™ art form evolves from enamel and guilloché egg art practiced in the Old World. The melding of ballet art and egg art came quite naturally.

The birth of Russian ballet choreographer, George Balanchine, is being celebrated; 2004 is the centennial year of his birth. His body of work has inspired and transformed the ballet world. VIVIAN ALEXANDER™, world renown for their unique Old World egg enamel work was commissioned to honor his lifetime achievements with an egg art sculpture.

The Saratoga Performing Art Center requested a unique piece that would be symbolic of Balanchine's life work in the arts and at the same time be a work of art in itself. The lavish ballet "Jewels", choreographed by George Balanchine, was chosen as the ideal vehicle to accomplish both missions. The original ballet, first performed by the New York City Ballet, is in three sections; Emeralds, Diamonds, and Rubies.

Balanchine, born in St. Petersburg Russia beneath the famous onion domes of that city, inspired the basic egg design. The domes are depicted in the outline of the three distinct panels, one for each of the represented gemstones, and the gold, ribbed finial create the basic denotation of the egg. The black enamel surrounding the panels evokes the ballet's dramatic scenery and at the same time grounds the Jewels egg sculpture.

Alex Caldwell, president of VIVIAN ALEXANDER™ remarked; "Working with the design team of the Saratoga Performing Arts Center was inspirational. Artists, down deep, have the same creative talent and, deliberately or not, work under the influence of other artists of the past or present. The VIVIAN ALEXANDER™ art form evolves from enamel and guilloché egg art practiced in the Old World. The melding of ballet art and egg art came quite naturally."

VIVIAN ALEXANDER™ determined to make the "Jewels" art piece as a minaudière so that it is both wearable art and appropriate as display art. The piece has been designated as a limited edition; each is serially numbered from one to a maximum of twenty. The Saratoga Performing Arts Center is raffling number one / twenty on July 17th.

Wearable art, ballet art, and sculpture art are brought together in VIVIAN ALEXANDER™’s "Jewels" to honor the life and accomplishments of George Balanchine, the renown Russian chorographer that created the New York City Ballet, transformed the art of ballet in Broadway Musicals, and remade the way ballet is performed around the world.

Additional information on this and other art sculpture by VIVIAN ALEXANDER™ can be obtained by visiting their web site at http://www.vivianalexander.com or calling 800.898.0803.

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