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For the past 72 years, the Boston Baseball writers have hosted the Annual Baseball Writers Dinner. This event honors current Red Sox players, other MLB players, and people league-wide who have contributed to MLB. This year, The Sports Museum has teamed up with the writers to co-host the dinner, which will be held at The Westin in Copley Place on Thursday, January 20, 2011. The proceeds of the event will go directly to educational programs at The Boston Writers local chapter and The Sports Museum.

This year's dinner is expected to be a big hit; the plan is to combine the strengths of both the writers and the leadership of the Sports Museum to create an even more exciting and fun-filled event. Many of the same traditions of previous dinners will continue, including Autograph Alley, where all kids 16 and under will have the chance to get autographs from their favorite players.

If you would like to attend, individual tickets may be purchased for $150 (a table of 10 is $1,500). Tickets may be purchased by check or credit card. Checks should be made payable to "The Sports Museum" and sent to: The Sports Museum, 100 Legends Way, Boston, MA 02114. To purchase tickets by credit card, please contact Rusty Sullivan at 617-624-1237.

There are only three cities in America which have an annual baseball dinner. Discover why Boston is one of them — join Mark Waitkus at this iconic event!

Mark Waitkus recently donated his Frog Pond print for a series of greeting cards found at the Jimmy Fund website. These greeting cards are so popular that the first order of cards completely sold out within weeks of posting on the website! Each box costs $19.99.

The Greeting Cards are 6.25" X 4.5," come with 21 envelopes, and are printed on fine quality, recycled stock. On the inside of each card opposite the greeting it reads: "This is a card that cares. One hundred percent of the proceeds will benefit the lifesaving mission of Dana-Farber Cancer Institute and the Jimmy Fund."

Jimmy Fund Fantasy Day was held this past Saturday at Fenway Park. Since 1992, Jimmy Fund Fantasy Day at Fenway Park has raised nearly $6 million in support of cancer research and patient care at Dana-Farber. Mark had a busy day, working at the Twins Enterprises booth where he was attempting to paint a watercolor of the Red Sox celebrating the clinching of the 2007 Pennant. Even though it rained, a great time was had by all. Thanks to all of you who came out to see Mark hard at work!

Just in time for Father’s Day 2008: a new original painting by the Official Artist of the Boston Red Sox, Mark Waitkus! This special edition print is titled “Opening Day 2008: Celebration”. The painting depicts a scene of absolute joy in Fenway Park on Opening Day 2008, when the Boston Red Sox unveiled the 2007 World Series Championship banner, draped over the world’s greatest backdrop, The Green Monster.

A slight mishap made for one of the greatest photo opportunities in Red Sox lore, as the 2007 World Champs banner caught a small gust of wind, blowing upwards, unveiling the 2004 Championship banner at the same time. This artwork makes for a fantastic tribute to an unforgettable moment in Red Sox history.

This print is available in the following options: 11”X16” print, a 22”X14” giclee (either of which can be framed black on black), as well as a complete note card set featuring the print – a new feature to the Waitkus Studios online store (not found anywhere else).

So make this Father’s Day one to remember – order this special edition print today!

Waitkus Studios announces the launch of a new website that offers affordable, majestic art to Red Sox Nation

Boston, MA (PRWEB) February 19, 2008—Boston-area artist Mark Waitkus has officially announced the launch of his new website www.markwaitkus.com, which offers affordable framed art to Boston Red Sox fans looking for a unique gift.

Each month, Waitkus delivers a “Featured Collection” of four (4) previously-unreleased paintings that match a common theme (MLB Playoffs, World Series, Boston Red Sox). Prices range from $35-$50 for a single 11” X 17” print to $150-$175 for a custom framed print. In addition, Waitkus offers his customers the unique ability to frame their ticket stubs from memorable sporting events alongside his original artwork.

Widely considered one of the greatest sports watercolor artists in the US, Waitkus is expanding his roster of Major League Baseball teams he plans to paint in 2008. He also intends to cast a wider net across a spectrum of other sports, including some exciting images for the NBA, NFL, NCAA, The Boston Marathon, and NASCAR.

“Mark is a truly gifted artist,” said Waitkus Studios online manager Pat Patterson. “He is extremely appreciative of his fans, and gives back in concrete ways – offering these paintings at an affordable price is a reflection of the type of person he is – he is a generous, hardworking American success story. It feels good to own one of his paintings, knowing your money was well-spent on a masterpiece, created by a person you can root for.”

Waitkus paints every brush stroke of his artwork, and has a hand in framing every custom-framed painting ordered through his website. He plans on offering fine art (giclee) reproductions in the Spring of 2008.

For more information on Waitkus Studios, please visit www.markwaitkus.com

About Mark Waitkus
Mark Waitkus is a professional watercolor artist from Boston, MA. His work has earned accolades from numerous clients, including Major League Baseball and scores of legendary athletes.

Contact Information:
Pat Patterson
manager @ markwaitkus.com
617-538-6943
www.markwaitkus.com

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WBZ-TV, the Boston CBS affiliate, did a profile piece on Mark during the Red Sox playoff run. Reporter Paul Burton conducted the interview at Fenway where Mark’s images are featured throughout the Park’s newly-renovated luxury suites. The profile was planned to run once on the station’s 10 P.M. broadcast but was so well-received, it was repeated four times over the home weekend of the League Division Series.

Growing up in the shadow of the historic shrine that is Fenway Park, Mark Waitkus could never have imagined a summer like 2007. Already well-entrenched in New England as the in-house artist for his beloved Red Sox, the word of Mark’s unique style and unqualified success began to span across all of Red Sox Nation and baseball enthusiasts everywhere. A “buzz” was brewing in baseball circles from San Francisco to New York and Mark began to showcase his artwork in a number of key venues. As a descendant of Eddie Waitkus, whose story was told in the role of Roy Hobbs played by Robert Redford in the movie The Natural, Mark Waitkus has his own brand of natural ability and is taking the opportunity to share it with diamond fans nationwide.

Major League Baseball took notice of Mark’s work with the Red Sox and commissioned him to design the commemorative All-Star Game home plate which was used during the official opening ceremonies in this year’s Mid-Summer Classic at AT&T Park in San Francisco. While in San Francisco, Mark had the opportunity to showcase some of his work at the All-Star FanFest including portraits of the two 2007 Cooperstown Hall of Fame inductees Tony Gwynn and Cal Ripken, Jr. Mark had the opportunity to present his work in-person to both inductees and promised he would be on-hand for their induction a few weeks later. Mark and his 12 year old son Griffin made their inaugural pilgrimage to the village of Cooperstown, New York for the July 29th ceremonies.

In addition to being invited to sit in the VIP section for the official ceremonies, Mark was summoned to the majestic Otesaga Hotel. Anyone who has been to Cooperstown knows that it is home to all the returning Hall of Fame players who participate in the induction weekend ceremonies. For the more than 70,000 fans who arrived in Cooperstown that weekend, it was a stately site almost all would view through its’ wrought iron gates some 200 yards from the grand entrance. Mark and Griffin, got a rare glimpse into the fortress-like hotel as a guest of Hall of Fame pitcher, Gaylord Perry. Gaylord and his wife met Mark in San Francisco at the All-Star Game and immediately hit it off. Mrs. Perry is a huge fan of watercolor art and has gained an appreciation for Mark’s style and, of course, the way he captured Gaylord’s delivery in a portrait he presented to them. So sitting in rocking chairs overlooking the banks of the beautiful Lake Otsego, with Hall of Famers all around him, Mark and son shared special baseball moments with Gaylord Perry, Orlando Cepeda, Juan Marichal, Harmon Killebrew and many others.

While things were heating up for Mark this summer with his debut on a national stage, the Red Sox were also enjoying some national success on the field. Mark continued to support their art needs and his activity was highlighted by work he did for their star pitcher, Josh Beckett. Josh was launching a fundraising event to support Boston’s Children’s Hospital and Mark was commissioned to capture the star pitcher working from the mound at Fenway on the occasion of his 17th season victory. Mark personally presented his piece to Josh and his Dad and they were both thrilled by the results. As exciting as that encounter was, including a special invite by the elder Beckett to the family ranch in Texas, the highlight of the evening came when Mark’s art commanded among one of the highest bids at the The Beckett Bowl’s silent auction and helped contribute to a very successful evening.

At the close of the season, Mark combined his affinity to the Red Sox and his ascent to a national platform, as he was once again commissioned by Major League Baseball to capture images of the 2007 post-season playoffs. It was almost serendipitous that the team that gave him his entrée into professional baseball would be playing for the championship in a season where Mark was beginning to showcase his work to a broader, national audience. It all seemed so natural as he stood in Coor’s Field, as a nation looked on, that he was there to witness the Red Sox capture the World Series Championship.

As his distant relative’s story became the basis of one of the most popular baseball movies in cinematic history, Mark Waitkus could never have imagined a script like the one that was written for him, in real life, in the summer of 2007. It was, as Mark simply states, “The best summer of my life”.

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