FROM THE SAINT PAUL ART CRAWL'S (2015) FACEBOOK PAGE:
One of the highlights of the Art Crawl this spring will be a display of home plates created by local artists. In March, 100 wooden home plate templates were given to artists who were asked to produce one of a kind works of art. The results are funny, clever, colorful, thought provoking and beautiful. The home plates will now be judged and will be on display at CHS Field during the Art Crawl and available to purchase via a silent auction that weekend. Make sure you stop by and check them out!
My significant other (Michael Wood) and I participated in the 2014 "Baseball" themed exhibit which was organized by the St. Paul Art Collective (SPAC), A-Z Gallery, and the St. Paul Saints. Artists in the community were encouraged again in 2015 to participate in a similar exhibit/contest, only this time artists were asked to turn a wooden home plate into art. Approximately 100 artists submitted work to this exhibit.
"THIS SERVICE DOG GETS ME OUT AT HOME" is the concept I came up with for my wooden home plate. I have a 12 and a half year old chocolate lab named Parker. Parker works as a SERVICE ANIMAL for me. I realize this theme has very little to do with baseball (aside from the "out at home" part of the title), but it was what I felt moved to create. I must admit that part of what inspired me to end up going with an animal theme in my work is that Michael (my significant other) also went with an animal theme for this same exhibit. Another reason I ultimately went with this theme for my work is that CHS Field (where the St. Paul Saints baseball team plays) has a dog park behind home plate.
My service dog Parker posed graciously for this painting. He is posing for this painting by reclining on his "little red bed", which is a toddler bed that he and his dog brother (a pitbull) both sleep in each night. Parker posed while wearing his "Service Dog" vest. Parker is always proud to wear his vest when working.