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35x35 Art Project - "Keep Dancing"

"Keep Dancing" 35cm x 35cm, acrylic on canvas by Alisha K Ard I was invited to participate in the 35x35 art project by the Copelouzos Family Art Museum, a contemporary art Museum in Athens, Greece, owned by Dimitris Copelouzos’ family. Each of the works in the art project are created on uniform 35 cm by 35 cm canvases, and the collection contains works by artists from around the world - USA, Europe, Asia and Latin America. My painting,"Keep Dancing," will become part of the Museum's permanent extensive collection created by a blend of established and emerging contemporary artists. It will also be featured in a published book about the 35x35 art project, along with the following insight to the creation of the painting: The vibrant colors of this painting are intended to delight the audience with the shiny black dance shoes, a red carnation hair adornment, and three yellow roses against a turquoise background. The red carnation is symbolic of love and
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