TOLEDO (13abc Action News) - Put on your dancing shoes for an exhibit at the Toledo Museum of Art.
Degas and The Dance features a number of the French impressionists most famous works of art. It also includes a real dance studio and a tribute to the Toledo Ballet's 75 years of Nutcracker performances.
The exhibit features a number of pieces from the museum's own collection as well as a number of others on loan from world famous museums in both America and Europe.
The exhibition is a showcase of some of the most famous dance imagery ever created by Edgar Degas. The museum made its first Degas purchase in 1928 with money from founder Edward Drummond Libbey Larry Nichols is the Curator of European Paintings at the museum, "Degas was a French impressionist who painted in the 19th century. He died in 1917 but he was active as an artist starting in the 1850's. He worked with the likes of Monet, Cezanne and Renoir."
There is an outdoor element to the exhibit with a number of murals showcasing the artists work on buildings around the city. The works inside the museum's walls include oil paintings, pastels and sculptures. Pieces on loan have come from museums in Washington, D.C., Boston and Paris, "The Toledo Museum of Art is a generous lender of art so when we organize exhibits like this like this we usually have great success. Museums like to loan back to our wonderful museum."
Another part of the exhibit is a tribute to the Toledo Ballet and it's 75 years of Nutcracker performances, "It is the longest running production of the Nutcracker in North America."
The exhibit also gives you a chance to lace up your own ballet shoes,"We literally have a dance floor in the middle of the Canaday Gallery. The Toledo Ballet actually rehearses here on certain days and there are still a few times that will happen in December. The best part may be that the public is permitted to dance on the floor."
Nichols says the beauty of ballet, in all of its forms, is right on point in this exhibit, "It is all about quality of course quantity is important too because we want as many people as possible to see this free show as possible. But we are offering something extraordinarily important and beautiful and that's what this museum is all about."
Degas and The dance is free and open to the public. It runs through January10th.
The Toledo Ballet is performing The Nutcracker this weekend at the Stranahan Theater.