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Art and baseball come together for City of Tacoma at Cheney Stadium’s Arts Appreciation Night

Post by Rosemary Ponnekanti / The News Tribune on Aug. 22, 2011 at 9:05 am |
August 22, 2011 9:05 am
David Franklin's "Home Run" salmon sculptures on poles outside the Cheney Stadium stands. Photo: David Franklin.

Think art and baseball don’t mix? You obviously haven’t checked out the new public art at the renovated Cheney Stadium in Tacoma. Recent pieces installed as part of the one-per-cent-for-art budget program include LED-lit salmon sculptures, light installations and a baseball-themed mosaic; to show it all off (and dedicate the new art) the City of Tacoma Arts Commission is hosting an Arts Appreciation Night next Monday at the Stadium, including dance, hands-on art and a game between the Rainiers and the Tucson Padres.

The event includes a tour of the public art at 5:30 p.m. leaving from the general admission gates, with brief talks by the artists. Works include Beliz Brother’s huge overhead light sculpture “Tilt;” David Franklin’s LED-lit school of metal salmon atop poles, “Home Run;” Paul Michaels’ bronze sculpture of Ben Cheney; Jennevieve Schlemmer’s baseball-themed mosaic “It’s Outta Here;” and a glass installation by the Museum of Glass.

Beliz Brother's giant light installation "Tilt" above Cheney Stadium. Photo: Beliz Brother.

During the game there will be live arts performances including dance by Fab-5 and the Rainiers mascot Rhubarb, as well as hands-on art activities.

Join friends and families Aug. 29 for a night of family fun, championship baseball and a dedication of the public art at the newly renovated Cheney Stadium.

The $9.95 tickets include a reserved seat game ticket, ballpark meal (hot dog, chips and drink), game program and optional art tour. 253-752-7707×184 or gstream@tacomarainiers.com. Information about the City of Tacoma’s Municipal Art Collection, is available at http://www.tacomaculture.org/arts/home.asp


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