NYC Ballerina finds peace collecting in swirls of color

Show Us Your Walls
By Gia Kourlas
Ashley Bouder, a New York City Ballet principal, playing with her daughter, Violet Storm, in front of a painting by Kathleen Werner. Credit Tony Cenicola/The New York Times
NEW YORK---As collectors go, Ashley Bouder is still young. But this dynamic New York City Ballet principal loves art. She visits museums and galleries, and she has gone one step further with her compulsion: In 2011, she organized “Emerging Creatives Collide,” an exhibition that featured works by Chrissy Angliker, David Foox and others at the William Bennett Gallery. "It’s important to surround yourself with things that inspire you: Things that can change your mood, things that can calm you down, things that can make you happy," said Ashley. "And it’s important to support artists of other genres because you know how hard it is. When people keep coming back to see my performances it’s validation that everything I’ve put my energy toward is O.K." [More]

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