Homage to Dance, DeVries’ on-going installation in the Northwest Gallery of the museum, contains a number of his pastels as well as a large collection of his bronze sculptures.
As an artist, DeVries has always been inspired by dance and the dancers themselves. His career was launched in 1978 by drawing in the studios of Ballet Denver and he continues to return to other dance studios for further studies. The pastel drawings in the exhibit evolve from sketches the artist has made at prestigious such as Alvin Ailey, Julliard and the School at Jacob’s Pillow.
DeVries will detail his methodology in creating his one-of-a-kind pastels that are inspired by the impressionists and discuss his use of vibrant colors to evoke the vitality and movement of the dance.
Homage to Dance will continue to be on display at the museum until mid-November. The exhibit includes over 20 pastels, over 40 sculptures and an informative video component that elaborates not only on the story of DeVries’ incredible career, but also the complicated process behind his works. In addition his art on display in the Museum, the exhibition includes seven large bronze sculptures that are currently on view in the front entrance gardens.
The demonstration is free to the public and for this day there is no admission charge. The National Museum of Dance is located at 99 South Broadway, Saratoga Springs. The Museum is currently open Tuesday through Sunday from 10 a.m.- 4:30 p.m. For more information, visit www.dancemuseum.org or call (518) 584-2225, ext. 3001.