More than 40 artists from across the country hit it "Out of the Park" at the George Krevsky Gallery's 16th annual Art of Baseball exhibition. Starting with an opening reception on Thursday April 4th, the show continues through Saturday May 25th. A special highlight in this year's exciting lineup is "A Baseball Salon: Memories of The Game," featuring poetry, literature, music, and short films inspired by our great game on Thursday evening, May 2nd, from 6:00 to 9:00 pm.
"Baseball is truly a reflection of America's cultural mosaic," says gallery owner George Krevsky, a lifelong baseball fan and veteran art dealer. "In one way or another, we have all experienced the thrill of hitting it Out of the Park. Baseball has touched the lives of all of these creative artists who share their memories of the game with fans, many of whom are visiting an art gallery for the first time. From Little Leaguers to season ticket holders, and the casual viewer, the artwork in this exhibition brings to life our heroes from past and present."
Artworks of various media evoke the history, athletic prowess, emotive spirit and trappings of the Great American Pastime. Artists depict favorite players: MARGIE LAWRENCE'S graphite drawing of North Beach's young Joe DiMaggio, ARTHUR K. MILLER'S photo-realistic paintings of Giants MVP Buster Posey on deck and behind the plate, and TOBY TOVER'S painting of Oakland A's Hall of Fame pitcher Rollie Fingers. Others recall significant moments in history, including MICHAEL DUPILLE'S colorful glass portrait of Branch Rickey, the GM who signed Jackie Robinson, breaking MLB's longstanding color line, and in a narrative sculpture KEN KALMAN delivers a celebration of the 100th anniversary of Major League Baseball from 1839 to 1939.
The show reminds us of excitement at the stadium even when we cannot be there. OWEN SMITH, whose been featured in national publications like the New Yorker and Sports Illustrated, has painted a radio announcer bringing the action of the field to fans at home, long before there was TV coverage. Father and son artists, MARK and JACK BANGERTER, bring us into the 21st century with their "Virtual Plein Air" watercolors of the 2012 World Series' final game. Although living in separate states, the duo paints simultaneously, connected via webcam technology and live television.
With Spring Training well under way in Arizona and Florida, anticipation builds for Art lovers and baseball fans who converge on the 16th annual Art of Baseball exhibition, "Out of the Park" at the George Krevsky Gallery.