Safe At Home: A Short Survey of Baseball Art
at the Bedford Gallery at the Lesher Center for the Arts
1601 Civic Dr, Walnut Creek, CA 94596 • 925/295-1417 • www.bedfordgallery.org
April 3 – June 12, 2016
Bottom of the 9th: Closing Reception and Baseball SalonA special event celebrating the great game through poetry and literature. Complimentary ballpark-themed refreshments will be served.
Sunday, June 12, 3-5pm
Admission: General $5; Youth (13-17) $3; Children 12 and under, free
Enjoy a staged reading of Barry Gifford's one act play, "Spring Training at the Finca Vigia" by the Krevsky Dramatic Playhouse. Directed by Earll Kingston, the play is set in 1940s Cuba during the Brooklyn Dodgers training season. Starring: Maxine Hong Kingston as Martha Gelhorn, Ernest Hemigway's wife; and beloved Oakland Tribune journalist, Dave Newhouse, as pitcher Kirby Higbe.
There will be a dramatic reading of "Casey at the Bat" by Rick Wiseman, the voice of NPR in Portland and Rick “Sherwood" the wakeup guy on K101 during the 70's in the Bay Area, along with selections of work from Bernard Malamud, John Updike and Michael Lewis.
The Bedford merchandise shop will also be open with a wide selection of baseball items, including many of the works from the exhibit.
"As a child, my Field of Dreams was a vacant lot across from where I lived in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania. It was a place where I could play ball and feel safe at home. Over time, that "lot" for me became a Little League field, then a Class "B" Minor League park, Yankee Stadium, Shibe Park in Philadelphia, Beaver Field at Penn State, Candlestick Park, and finally the Oakland Coliseum.
As an adult, an afternoon at the ballpark with my daughter became as relaxing as a symphony concert or ballet. From 1998—2014 it became my good fortune to organize and curate 16 exhibitions on the theme of the Art of Baseball at the George Krevsky Gallery in San Francisco. Painters, printmakers, photographers, and sculptors from across the country responded to my invitation to interpret their vision of the National Pastime, alongside established artists like Reginald Marsh, Saul Steinberg, Elaine de Kooning, Al Hirschfeld, and Andy Warhol. I was astounded by the creative energy, imagination, humor, and ingenuity these talented artists brought in sharing their love of the game.
Carrying on this curatorial tradition, I am honored to be invited to serve as the Co-Curator of this show along with Bedford Gallery Curator Carrie Lederer. We hope you will enjoy the exhibition and feel Safe at Home in an environment that art lovers and sports fans alike can enjoy."
—George Krevsky, Krevsky Fine Arts
General InformationLocation: Inside the Lesher Center for the Arts at 1601 Civic Drive, Walnut Creek, four blocks south of the Walnut Creek BART station. Telephone: (925) 295-1417
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Admission: General $5; Youth (17 and under) $3; Children 12 and under, free; First Tuesdays are free; Free for ticket holders to events in the Lesher Center for the Arts on ticketed date.
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