This past weekend was the grand opening for Bridgette Mayer’s unique show: the 2014 Benefit Exhibition for Ballet X. In this show, over 200 artists created work to grace the walls of the Bridgette Mayer Gallery, and over 400 pieces were hung. Each artist was given a small panel to work on, and create their own unique vision. As an artist participating in the show, my panel, “Holding Court,” was inspired by a theatrical scene from William Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream. I was excited to see it hanging on the walls beside the work of artists I truly admire. The resulting kaleidoscope of creativity that exploded on the walls was fascinating and uplifting to behold.
The opening was packed with people, both collectors, curious passers by, and also the large group of artists who participated. It was a unique show in that internationally exhibiting artists and also emerging artists fresh out of school were exhibiting side by side. In this way, the spirit of the event was very open and inviting. A portion of the profits went to benefit Ballet X, an alternative/modern dance company in Philadelphia that gallery director Bridgette Mayer chose to focus on because of their “…unique and cutting edge performances, which I found corresponded to the artwork that I was showing in the gallery.”
Wine was served, and the guests mingled until late. Representatives from the Ballet X company, including several dancers, were also present. At a later point, gallery director Bridgette Mayer spoke about the vision that she had for the event. Last year, the exhibit raised $17000 for Ballet X, and this year, her goal for the exhibition is $20,000.
The 2014 Benefit Exhibition for Ballet X is on view at the Bridgette Mayer Gallery in Philadelphia, PA until October 4, 2014. It’s not too late to purchase a panel from the illustrious artists included in the show, and also support Ballet X.
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Article and photos by Jessica Libor