Hickory – Hickory Ballet Academy, Fanjoy Labrenz Photography and Hickory Museum of Art (HMA) present “To Dance on Common Ground,” an innovative, live performance of ballet and visual art in HMA’s Coe Gallery at 7 p.m. Friday, July 29, 243 Third Ave. N.E., Hickory. The collaborative project is supported by the United Arts Council of Catawba County and was awarded an Innovative Artist Grant.

HMA’s current exhibition – On Common Ground: Pastel Paintings from the Mountains to the Sea – will be inspiration for movement, music and digital art during this collaborative performance hosted by the Museum. Hickory Ballet Academy Artistic Directors Melissa and Michael French have created and choreographed several new innovative ballets, and local artists Sally Fanjoy and James Labrenz will create mood with visual projections in the gallery.

Admission is free and open to the public. For more information, contact HMA at 828-327-8576 or Hickory Ballet Academy at 828-328-3794, ext. 313.

On Common Ground features works from the 2016 North Carolina Statewide Juried Pastel Exhibition, a collaboration of the Appalachian Pastel Society, the Pastel Society of North Carolina and the Piedmont Pastel Society. The exhibition will be in HMA’s Coe Gallery through August 21.

Hickory Museum of Art is located on the SALT Block, 243 3rd Avenue NE, Hickory. Admission is free. For more information about Museum exhibitions, art classes, field trips, and events, visit www.HickoryArt.org or call 828-327-8576.