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Sports Artist James Fiorentino Upcoming Art Exhibition

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WrightFiorentinoJPJames Fiorentino is the artist for the prestigious LatinoMVP Awards given to Latino baseball players.  We are proud to announce that more of work can be viewed at the following exhibit:

ARTIST JAMES FIORENTINO AND CITY OF JERSEY CITY COMMEMORATE JACKIE ROBINSON’S 70th ANNIVERSARY OF HIS FIRST PROFESSIONAL HIT AT ROOSEVELT STADIUM, JERSEY CITY, NEW JERSEY WITH ART EXHIBITION EVENT AT CITY HALL

Jersey City, NJ: April 15-May 13, 2016

New Jersey-based artist James Fiorentino will be showcasing a collection of his world-renowned baseball inspired watercolor paintings and giclees in the Rotunda Gallery of City Hall in Jersey City.

Artwork featured in this exhibition will include players from New York baseball teams in addition to commemorating Jackie Robinson’s legacy. An original artwork piece on display will commemorate the moment at

Roosevelt Stadium on April 18, 1946 when Robinson touched home plate after getting his first hit. In his second at bat for the Montreal Royals, Robinson cracked a three-run home run in front of a crowd of nearly

50,000 people. Robinson’s white teammates shook his hand symbolizing equality as he neared home plate. Robinson would later play for the Brooklyn Dodgers and become the first black player in baseball history.

“To be able to paint this significant moment not only in baseball history but New Jersey history is an honor for me,” Fiorentino explained.

The artwork collection will be on display in Jersey City from April 15 until May 13, with an opening reception scheduled for Wednesday, April 20, 2016 from 5pm to 8pm. Special guests will include Major Steve Phillips former

Pirates’ pitcher Fred Cambria and Emmy winning broadcaster and author Ed Lucas. The “First Hit at Roosevelt Stadium” painting has been made into limited edition giclees that will be signed by the artist. A portion of any art sold at this exhibition will benefit participating Little Leagues of Jersey City.

ABOUT THE ARTIST

Born in Somerset, New Jersey in 1977, James’s artwork was recognized at an early age. At the age of fifteen, James Fiorentino became the youngest artist ever to be featured in the National Baseball Hall of Fame and

Museum for his likeness of Reggie Jackson. In 1998, James became the youngest artist to be inducted into the prestigious New York Society of Illustrators, along with such artists as Norman Rockwell and Andrew Wyeth. He has worked with many legends of the past and stars of today, including Ted Williams, Joe DiMaggio, Cal Ripken Jr. and Muhammad Ali.

His photo-realism in watercolor has helped him become a nationally-known wildlife and portrait artist, painting people from everyday life to Presidents and Nobel Peace Prize winners. Many of James’ works currently grace the walls of museums, galleries, companies and private collections. James’ work can be seen nationally in books and magazines and on trading cards.

In 2001, “The Fiorentino Collection” consisted of approximately 100 paintings for Upper Deck Trading Cards depicting legends in five major sports. James’ work and story has been carried on national television, and in magazines and newspapers.

For more information on James Fiorentino’s artwork, please visit: www.jamesfiorentino.com, www.arttodreamfor.com or call 908-782-8509.For more information on the City of Jersey City and exhibition, please contact Luca Cusolito, Program Development, in the Office of Cultural Affairs: [email protected]

About Julio Pabón

Julio is President and Founder of Latino Sports LLC., the parent company of Latinosports.com. Julio is a product of the South Bronx where he still lives and runs his businesses. Julio has written and has been interviewed for numerous publication and networks on sports & political issues. He has been an activist promoting social justice and respect for all communities. He is a recognized motivational speaker, was an adjunct professor of American History and presently volunteer's as a lecturer in local South Bronx High Schools. His primary goal is to make Latinosports.com a multi-facet sports portal that will engender social and economic empowerment to the Latino community.