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Pointe Shoes Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre

Using an India Ink Artist Pen, I wrote ballet terms in French on the right shoe, and on the left shoe, all the ballets the Pittburgh Ballet Theatre has performed the past 40 years.  This pair of pointe shoes is on display at the Benedum this weekend and ballet goers can bid on them in a silent auction. The call was for artists to make an artwork using a pair of used pointe shoes, which you could pick up in the strip where they practice.  Just before I turned them in I took a quick photo of them in the car. They are in an acrylic box for display.  Update Saturday afternoon:  Just got a call that the shoes were selected to be in the top five! Chosen by Eric C Shiner, The Milton Fine Curator of Art at the Warhol Museum! Invited to a Swan Lake Soiree Cast Party tomorrow afternoon.  I am excited!

Artwork for the Silent Auction Fundraiser at Swan Lake

Ballet terms in French on right shoe, Repertoire on the left shoe

11 responses

  1. Toni

    How did you do that, Ruth??!!
    So neat, so cool, so appropriate, so pretty!!
    They should get a high bid!

    April 17, 2010 at 7:34 am

  2. connie

    Clever!

    April 17, 2010 at 8:26 am

  3. Laura

    very artistic

    April 17, 2010 at 8:32 am

  4. Dorothy

    wow, you have so many art forms, Ruth. This is so unusual; so lovely. Thanks!

    April 17, 2010 at 8:50 am

  5. Ruthanne Bauerle

    All of your pictures and projects are wonderful!! Hope to run into you soon.

    April 17, 2010 at 9:14 am

  6. Deb

    I am constantly amazed by your creativity….do you ever sleep?

    April 17, 2010 at 10:20 am

  7. Sue Reinfeld

    wow!

    April 17, 2010 at 10:32 am

  8. Amy M

    Ruth, this is beautiful! I was a ballet dancer for 15 years, I always loved the smooth satin of the pointe shoes and the ribbons when they were brand new. It was so exciting getting new pointe shoes! Then, after wear and tear, they looked even better, like you acomplished something based on how worn they were. It was such a great feeling! Thanks for the memory.

    April 17, 2010 at 11:38 am

  9. Linda E

    Just saw them now.Awestruck!
    Wow.

    April 18, 2010 at 5:07 pm

  10. Marlene

    Great job as usual.

    April 19, 2010 at 4:41 pm

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