New Jersey-based artist James Fiorentino will be showcasing a collection of his world-renowned baseball inspired watercolor paintings and glicee’s in the Rotunda Gallery of City Hall in Jersey City.
This exhibition will commemorate the 70th anniversary of Jackie Robinson’s first professional hit at Roosevelt Stadium.
Artwork featured in this exhibition will include players from New York baseball teams in addition to commemorating Jackie Robinson’s legacy. An original artwork piece on display will commemorate the moment at Roosevelt Stadium on April 18, 1946 when Robinson touched home plate after getting his first hit.
“To be able to paint this significant moment not only in baseball history but New Jersey history is an honor for me,” Fiorentino explained.
The artwork collection will be on display in Jersey City from April 15 until May 13, with an opening reception scheduled for Wednesday, April 20, 2016 from 5pm to 8pm. Special guests will include Major Steve Phillips former Pirates’ pitcher Fred Cambria and Emmy winning broadcaster and author Ed Lucas.
The commemorative “First Hit at Roosevelt Stadium” painting has been made into limited edition giclees sponsored by Goldsmith Wealth Advisors of MetLife.
The artist will be signing the art prints at both the Jackie Robinson Commemoration Family Day on 4/17 (http://bit.ly/jackierobinsoncommemoration) and at the Artwork Opening Reception free of charge to guests.
A portion of any art sold at this exhibition will benefit participating Little Leagues of Jersey City.
ABOUT THE ARTIST
Born in Somerset, New Jersey in 1977, James’s artwork was recognized at an early age. At the age of fifteen, James Fiorentino became the youngest artist ever to be featured in the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum for his likeness of Reggie Jackson. In 1998, James became the youngest artist to be inducted into the prestigious New York Society of Illustrators, along with such artists as Norman Rockwell and Andrew Wyeth. He has worked with many legends of the past and stars of today, including Ted Williams, Joe DiMaggio, Cal Ripken Jr. and Muhammad Ali. His photo-realism in watercolor has helped him become a nationally-known wildlife and portrait artist, painting people from everyday life to Presidents and Nobel Peace Prize winners. Many of James’ works currently grace the walls of museums, galleries, companies and private collections. James’ work can be seen nationally in books and magazines and on trading cards. In 2001, “The Fiorentino Collection” consisted of approximately 100 paintings for Upper Deck Trading Cards depicting legends in five major sports. James’ work and story has been carried on national television, and in magazines and newspapers.
For more information on the City of Jersey City and exhibition, please contact Luca Cusolito, Program Development, in the Office of Cultural Affairs: firstname.lastname@example.org
Jersey City City Hall
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