Tanya Fitzgerald's "Van Goghing, Goghing, Gone"
Tyrome Akins' "Oldest Baseball Player," a portrait of Conrado Marrero, pitcher for the Washington Senators.
The online auction
for home-plate-shaped artworks to benefit the Jim Elder Good Sport Fund
concludes at 10 p.m. tonight
, so if you want to get a jump on tomorrow night's auction at the THEA Foundation
(6:30-8:30 p.m.), check it out. You'll see terrific tributes to the game, the players, the grounds crews and kids as well as abstract work; 100 percent of proceeds go to the fund. By the way, it was purely by chance that two artists chose Vincent Van Gogh's "Starry Starry Night" as a theme (above); both paintings are home runs.
The fund is named for Jim Elder
, who many of us knew as the voice of the Arkansas Travelers for many years. His daughter, Susan Elder, created the fund to honor him and support organizations for children, including the Miracle League, First Tee of Arkansas, Reviving Baseball in the Innercity at Lamar (RBI)
and other organizations, including the THEA Foundation. THEA is at 401 Main St. in North Little Rock. There will be both silent and live auctions. Admission is free.
This will be the final Home Plate Heroes auction, so don't miss it. There's also a good read on the auction at Jim Harris' Sporting Life Arkansas
Chip Culpepper and Mark Hinson's "Grounders" features dirt collected from 16 of the 30 MLB teams posed on a retired rake from Lamar Porter Field.
Chip Culpepper's "Cooperstown, Arkansas, Population 7"