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|This is part of Elisa Hamilton's "Baseball Quintet," and part of the "Play Ball" exhibition in Boston.|
The exhibition was simply a meeting of "people that love the game of baseball and make art -- it's a great combination," Davidson said.
She grew up in Michigan as a Tigers fan and cheered her team on to victory in the 1968 World Series as a child. She moved to Boston in 1983 and became a Red Sox fan, but managed to keep her dual allegiances alive long enough to celebrate the Tigers' 1984 title. Now, she's a 100 percent committed member of Red Sox Nation and attends about "five or six" games a year.
Davidson has 24 pieces of hand-drawn full-color baseball ephemera -- including life-size ticket stubs, baseball cards and other mementos from her visits to Fenway Park. One of the pieces is a rendition of a 1959 Fleer card from its Ted Williams set depicting "Ted's Hitting Fundamentals."
"My daughter found that card in a library book -- it was amazing," Davidson said.
Her work also includes several ticket stubs -- including one from Fenway Park's 100th anniversary game on April 12, 2012 against the Yankees -- and a drawing of a vial of dirt from the no-hitter thrown by Clay Buchholz in September 2007.
"We sat by third base," she said, "and after the game, a kid nearby pulled up some dirt from the field and filled up a cup full of it for me."
She created vials of dirt and gave them to the people who attended the game with her.
"It was a special night," she said.
Other pieces featured in the exhibition:
"Section 38 in Winter" by Leslie A. Feagley
Joanne Kaliontzis. Images created from 100-year-old baseball cards that came with Piedmont and Sweet Caporal cigarettes, featuring Bill Carrigan, Heinie Wagner, Jake Stahl and Tris Speaker. Source art: Library of Congress.
"Do You Remember that Swing?" by Karen McFeaters
"Play Ball" runs at Atlantic Wharf Gallery, 290 Congress Street in Boston daily from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. For more information, visit www.fortpointarts.org.