City of Lafayette, CA

11/08/2019 | News release | Distributed by Public on 11/08/2019 18:30

All-Stars: Fans, Fams and Friends

The Public Art Committee of Lafayette is pleased to present the exhibition 'All-Stars: Fans, Fams, and Friends,' a celebration of relationships - of people to teams, to towns, to each other, and even to pets, by local artist Ellen Reintjes. Ellen is a 40-year resident of Lafayette and a member of Bay Area Studio Artists. Her work, which encompasses animals and nature, landscapes and seascapes, music, and human interest, has been exhibited at libraries, galleries, wineries and retail establishments throughout the greater Bay Area.

A special reception will be open to the public on Tuesday, November 12th from 6:00 to 7: 00 pm at the Lafayette Library and Learning Center Gallery. Come out and meet the artist and several local residents featured in the exhibition.

All Stars showcases portraits of real individuals enjoying a day at the ballpark. These people are sports fans … or sports fanatics … or just plain good sports who agreed to wear a team hat. This collection contains many connections, with the artist knowing each person and everyone in turn knowing at least one other person. The series includes nine members of the artist's family, among them the artist's father as a child at the 1926 World Series at Yankee Stadium with Babe Ruth in the outfield based on historical family photos. The artist painted each portrait in acrylic on a 6'x 6' canvas over the past two years (except for the artist's self-portrait in the San Francisco Giants cap which was painted in 2013). The original paintings have been given to the individuals. The paintings were translated into high-quality digital reproductionsthat are nested into a framing system designed by the artist and constructed by her husband. The framing system showcases the faces arranged by the baseball leagues and divisions. Each three-foot frame houses the portraits from one of the divisions, and the frame is suspended from a Louisville Slugger bat. An additional four-foot frame displays the six original paintings owned by the artist.