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Art of the Glove

This summer, the downtown streets of Berkshire County will become an art gallery, with child-size chairs shaped like catcher mitts the featured exhibit. The sculptures, on display from June 17th, showcase the creativity of local youth and captures the area's strong art presence.

        Art of the Game, which is heading the School Gloves project, is part of an effort to revitalize downtown Pittsfield. The two-year program combines the city's large artist community with its rich baseball heritage (a 1791 bylaw regarding baseball playing in America - the first of its kind - places the city as one of the earliest spots for the sport). With art that centers around baseball, summer performances and shows, Art of the Game strives to attract visitors by turning downtown into a paradise of baseball-themed sights and sounds. The School Gloves are one of several art pieces created for this program to be exhibited in downtown.

        The 100 sculptures, donated in part by GreatBigStuff.com, are a true joint effort by Berkshire County residents and businesses. Retired Senior Volunteer Program members and Magri Auto Painting primed the pieces for painting, while students all over the county designed and embellished the pieces using a baseball focus. Local youth teams and organizations also participated in decorating the pieces. The gloves were placed in public schools from March to May, providing the young artists two months to create their masterpieces.

        Once collected from the schools and a clear, protective coat applied, the pieces will be mounted and displayed on Pittsfield streets, as well as throughout Berkshire County downtowns. Art and baseball fans alike can explore the creativity of area youth, the city's baseball past and strong art presence through this project until September 9th, when the sculptures will be auctioned off. Proceeds will benefit local schools and the Art of the Game program.