James Fiorentino Baseball Art Exhibit Planned

A world-class show of paintings by renowned sports artist James Fiorentino celebrating the legendary athletes and professional sports franchises that called Ebbetts Field, the Polo Grounds, Shea Stadium and Yankee Stadium home will be held at the Cast Iron Building in Grennwich Village from Sept. 19-24.

The exhibit, titled “Bergino Baseball Clubhouse Presents: The Baseball Art of James Fiorentino,” will be hosted by owner Jay Goldberg “The show will feature vintage New York baseball paintings with a few current players like Derek Jeter and David Wright,” Fiorentino explained. “I want to tell a story about New York’s rich baseball history, when fans had three teams to cheer for, the Giants, Dodgers and Yankees.”

There will be 20 original Fiorentino paintings on display; many are new pieces Fiorentino has been working on to unveil at Bergino Baseball Playhouse, including Jackie Robinson, Lou Gehrig, Tom Seaver, Sandy Koufax, Mickey Mantle and Derek Jeter. Also available for purchase will be selected giclee reproductions. Visitors are invited to fill out an entry form for a drawing to win an original Fiorentino painting of Mickey Mantle.

Special guests at the opening will include Joan Hodges, widow of Gil Hodges; Linda Ruth Tossetti, granddaughter of Babe Ruth and Art Shamsky, a member of the 1969 World Champion Miracle Mets.

Further information is available from Fiorentino, c/o Visionary Art, at (908) 782-8509 or visit www.jamesfiorentino.com.

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