Astros Art Celebration: The Exhibition
Official World Series celebration paintings
by MLB sanctioned, Texas native artist Opie Otterstad
honoring the 2017 world series champion Houston Astros
March 31st through April 15, 2018.
Houston, TX—February 2018—Off the Wall Gallery in Houston will host the premiere exhibition in April of 2018 with an extraordinary Collection of artworks the World Series commemorative created for the 2017 World Series Champion Houston Astros by MLB sanctioned artist, Opie Otterstad. For his 16th consecutive year producing these celebratory artworks, Otterstad’s masterpiece, Houston Celebration 2017 captures the historic moment The Astros became the 2017 World Series Champions last November. Astros Art Celebration is an Exhibition sure to catch the attention of every Houstonian and every Astros fan: and is sure to be a do not miss event for the city as we open the 2018 MLB season.
The “hometown” Texas artist is thrilled to celebrate this historic win by the Astros, premiere this exhibition and cannot wait to greet both his collectors, as well as every baseball fan! Opie was front and center throughout this incredible 2017 season: traveling with the team, celebrating the many wins and being a part of this World Series victory.
This year, Otterstad was selected as the artist of choice to design the trophy award for the inaugural Houston Sports Awards on February 8, 2018, which included an announcement that the city would begin construction of a new Houston Sports Hall Of Fame this year. Otterstad opened the show with a presentation of the award to the audience for the first time ever. The trophy award will live on for all future years of the Houston Sports Awards. Additionally, Otterstad was asked to paint this year’s honorees, Houston’s three 34’s---Earl Campbell, Nolan Ryan, Hakeem Olajuwon, who will be the first inductees to the Houston Sports Hall. Each year moving forward, Otterstad will have the honor of painting the portraits of all new inductees. His paintings of each will live on display in the Houston Sports Hall of Fame.
Houston Astros fans will have the opportunity to savor daily the thrill of this historic win by collecting their limited edition fine art print of Houston Celebration 2017 as well as many other Astros commemorative artworks in this Collection.
The Houston Astros World Series artwork collection will be on public display at Houston’s venerable Off the Wall Gallery.
Special in-gallery appearances by Mr. Otterstad on Friday, April 6 (5:00-7:00pm CST), Saturday, April 7 (1:00-3:00pm CST and 5:00-7:00pm CST) and Sunday, April 8 (2:00pm – 4pm CST).
All artwork is on exhibition and available for acquisition.
About Opie Otterstad:
Opie Otterstad has stood in the sporting world’s spotlight for many years. He is best known for his ability to paint the spirit of the athletes, the fans, the teams and their victories. This ability comes from something beyond the brush. He is as much a part of the athletic world as those who wear the numbers. Otterstad captures the indescribable through his signature style of painting “the game.”
Throughout his fifteen years as an MLB sanctioned artist, Opie Otterstad has created World Series “celebration paintings” for the Houston Astros (2017), Chicago Cubs (2016), Kansas City Royals (2015), Boston Red Sox (2004/2007/2013), San Francisco Giants (2010/2012/2014), New York Yankees (2009), Philadelphia Phillies (2008), St. Louis Cardinals (2006/2011), Chicago White Sox (2005), Florida Marlins (2003) and Anaheim Angels (2002), as well as many other of Major League Baseball’s most historic moments.
Lauded as “Sport Art’s Troubadour,” in addition to baseball, Otterstad has also been commissioned to create masterpieces for the NBA, NCAA, NFL organizations, and professional sports players in the world of golf, boxing, tennis, and hockey. He has become the artist of choice to paint some of the most defining moments in sports history. There is no artist whose works are in more professional athletes’ collections, with over 150 commissions to date.
“I have been working with sports as my primary subject for the past 18 years. Most of my work has been private commissions from inside the professional sporting community. It has been a great honor and blessing to work as a small part of a world that young kids dream about.
“I am trying to show the world of sports that art can take some thought without being incomprehensible. With a love of the spirit of the athlete and telling the story of sports in our time, I am trying to show the world of art that sometimes the depth of character and thought can be expressed with tangible imagery.”