Baseball art exhibit to open Saturday

March 31, 2005|by JULIE E. GREENE

Unlike the players who are called out with strike three, several regional artists were encouraged to swing away to interpret what they think baseball means, said Kevin Moriarty, executive director for the Washington County Arts Council.

The results will be revealed Saturday with "Take Me Out to the Ballgame," an art exhibit curated by Moriarty at the Washington County Museum of Fine Arts.

"These are all fresh pieces being done just for this show," Moriarty said.

The artists' works were being delivered this week. At least one will arrive late because it requires the growing of grass, Moriarty said.


"Take Me Out to the Ballgame" is the first project the museum, arts council and Suns have collaborated on together, Moriarty said.

In addition to the art exhibit, storytelling and autograph sessions by the Suns are scheduled.

Before Suns' home games on Sundays, players will read stories to children in the outfield, according to Moriarty and Suns General Manager Kurt Landes. Storytelling will begin 30 minutes prior to the start of the game. There will be 13 storytelling Sundays.

On each Saturday the Suns are in town, three players will sign autographs at the fine arts museum in City Park.

Signing Saturdays will be from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. April 9, 23 and 30; and May 14, 21 and 28, said Joe Ruzicka, director of the fine arts museum. Signing Saturdays is being underwritten by Ruth Anne and Art Callaham.

Moriarty said he was at a Suns game last year with Ruzicka when they learned 2005 would be the Suns' 25th anniversary.

Moriarty told seven regional artists to think about baseball as a piece of American history, to think of it as romantic, sentimental and exciting, and to think of the ballpark at Municipal Stadium.

Baseball is not only the "great American pastime," but it has a history in the Hagerstown area for nearly 100 years, including the Blue Ridge League during the early 20th century, Moriarty said.

Landes said it's an appropriate time to celebrate the history of the Suns and Municipal Stadium since this year is the Suns' 25th anniversary and the stadium's 75th anniversary.

"I think we all consider ourselves ... community anchors as far as the quality of life. It's neat to team up and work together," Landes said.

A public reception for the art exhibit will be held around 2 p.m. Sunday, April 10, Ruzicka said. Refreshments will be provided.

If you go ...

WHAT: "Take Me Out to the Ballgame" exhibit

WHEN: Saturday, April 2, through Sunday, June 12. Museum hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Friday; 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday; and 1 to 5 p.m. Sunday.

WHERE: Washington County Museum of Fine Arts, City Park, Hagerstown

COST: Free

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