Art in the Park


The Keys will wear a jersey designed by a local artist that will be auctioned off with proceeds benefiting the Frederick Arts Council as it furthers its mission. During the game fans can bid on their favorite players’ jerseys and, after the game, winning bidders will go down to the field to receive the jerseys off the backs of the players.

The jerseys provide a unique canvas for an artist, bringing wearable art to the baseball diamond. Last year’s winning design was “Starry Night at the Ball Park” by local artist Michelle Venable. Her design was selected by a panel from both the Keys and the Frederick Arts Council. Michelle, from New Market, is a member of the Frederick Arts Council and an art teacher in Frederick County who has taught for 20 years. She is also a master stencil artist, creating a series of lighthouse murals featuring lighthouses and maps of each Atlantic coast state, and has been producing murals as a professional artist for 30 years.

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Fans don’t need to look just to the field to understand all that Frederick has to offer that is arts related. Harry Grove Stadium will be filled with Stitchers and various marketing booths including Frederick County’s local arts organizations. Once again, the Frederick Keys will be joining to increase cultural awareness by painting baseballs that will be auctioned off via a silent auction that will take place during the game.

Aside from enjoying the game and various local booths, fans can participate in an art project of their own. Grab a sponge, dip it into paint and throw it towards an awaiting canvas, a project the Arts Council calls “Splat Ball”. The Frederick Keys players will be making two “Splat Ball” art pieces as well and each player will sign the back of the canvas for the benefit of the Frederick Arts Council. The canvases will be available through a silent auction. A section will be reserved for those that come for the annual Stitch and Pitch, a place for fans to embroider, knit, or crochet while taking in the ballgame. Stay tuned for additional details!