Art and Ballet come together for a special afternoon in Murrieta

Academy of Ballet Arts’ Mia Benitez, 14, makes some of the most complicated moves look so easy during her solo at the Murrieta Art and Ballet event Sunday, March 12. The event was put together by the Murrieta Arts Council at Academy of Ballet Arts Studio C.  Meghan Taylor photo
Academy of Ballet Arts’ Mia Benitez, 14, makes some of the most complicated moves look so easy during her solo at the Murrieta Art and Ballet event Sunday, March 12. The event was put together by the Murrieta Arts Council at Academy of Ballet Arts Studio C. Meghan Taylor photo

Peter Thorworth

Special to Valley News

Art and Ballet came together for a special afternoon in Murrieta Sunday, March 12. Approximately 100 people came to see some of Murrieta’s finest artwork and most talented ballet dancers.

The event was held at the Academy of Ballet Arts, located at 26305 Jefferson Ave. The event was presented in conjunction with the Murrieta Arts Council (MAC), both nonprofits dedicated to bringing the arts to Murrieta.

Visitors to the event, which began at 2 p.m., enjoyed a variety of paintings – every topic from Morgan Freeman as a fireman, by Murrieta Fire Chief Scott Ferguson, to elephants to children.  A few pieces were sold while others will become part of Murrieta Arts Council’s upcoming Online Art Gallery and Catalog. That project, to present many pieces of artwork by Murrieta artists for sale or rent, is seeking a corporate sponsor or benefactor.

Also on display were some of the dancers’ most extraordinary costumes, many of them handmade by Dana Nelson of Academy of Ballet Arts.

At 3 p.m., the ballerinas took the floor. One by one, they dazzled the appreciative crowd with their skills, personality and beauty. They were so good some people stayed for the second performance around 4:15.

In between, people enjoyed watching a local sketch artist at work, inspired by the young dancers.

Mark your calendar for Murrieta Arts Council’s next free event on Earth Day, Saturday, April 22, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. when MAC will have artists, musicians, dancers, food and much more at the large outdoor display area at Water Wise located at 41034 Elm Street in Murrieta.

Some good display locations and performance times are still available those interested in participating in the upcoming Earth Day event should send an email to jessica@murrietaarts.org.

For more information about Academy of Ballet Arts, visit academyofballetart.org. To learn more about the Murrieta Arts Council, visit murrietaarts.org.

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