Strength & Beauty

Styling, Copy: Whitley Adkins Hamlin
Direction, Photo/Art Styling: Genna Hardgrove
Photography: Ray Sepesy
Modeling: Alessandra Ball James
Hair/Makeup: Cori Lavergne

In a collaborative arts mashup, Ballantyne Magazine showcases Charlotte Ballet dancer Alessandra Ball James, favorite fashions from local boutiques and art from some of the Ballantyne area’s hottest visual artists. James beautifully brings to life the Charlotte Ballet’s 2018-2019 campaign theme, “Pretty/Powerful” — which dovetails with the magazine’s desire to recognize Breast Cancer Awareness Month and spotlight women’s strength and beauty. In a collage to behold, the gifted James becomes one with the art.

Editor’s Note: Ballantyne Magazine appreciates these artists participating in our arts mashup and sharing their beautiful works with our readers. To see the full, unedited art pieces and read the artists’ statements, click here.

Vivetta Long Sleeve Floral Turtleneck, Capitol, $265; Rebecca De Ravenel Lolita Skirt, Capitol, $895; Pink Marble Earrings, K-la, $18

Art: “mini red 1” by Val Chan,


Alexander McQueen Off the Shoulder Pink Dress, Coplon’s, $2,695; Leyla Gans Sunburst Necklace in Gold & Silver,, $198; Aquazzura Laura Sandal, Coplon’s, $735

Art: “Sojourn” by Amanda M. Moody,

Ryan Pant in Pink, Banana Republic, $98; Luxespun Wrap-Back Tank, Banana Republic, $37; Madison 12-Hour Gingham Pump, Banana Republic, $118; Sachin & Babi Fleur Dusk Earring Rose Gold, Coplon’s, $295; Noelle Munoz Jewelry La Fuerza Cuff,, $875; White Marble Ring, K-la, $18

Art: “Changing Seasons” by Marissa “Mia” Frandsen,

Lush Navy Corduroy Jumper, K-la, $56; Quinn Boy-Fit Eyelet Shirt, Banana Republic, $88; Sachin & Babi Fleur Dusk Earring Black, Coplon’s, $295; Addison Weeks Bendall Clutch,, $748; Jimmy Choo Black and Light Platinum Lang Shoe, Coplon’s, $850

Art: “People Charlotte” by Gary Abramov,

Storia Orange Striped Ruffle Sleeve Top, K-la, $52; Lush Brown Safari Tie Waist Skirt, K-la, $46; Saint Laurent Leather Feather Sandal Heels, Capitol, $1,295; Kristin Hayes Jewelry Wishbone Earrings,, $120

Art: “Butterfly Specimen #4” by Mary Kamerer,

Forte Forte by Giada Forte Printed Satin Pants, Capitol, $620; Forte Forte by Giada Forte Long Sleeve Jacquard Print Smoking Jacket, Capitol, $935; Coobie Black Lace Bralet, L.A. East, $22; Isabel Marant Pagda Shoe, Coplon’s, $850; Leyla Gans Sunburst Necklace in Noir,, $198; Kristin Hayes Jewelry Wishbone Earrings,, $120

Art: “Spanish  Torero” by Maria Senkel,