Monty first became interested in creating baseball art while attending a memorabilia show in Tacoma, Washington in November, 1997. At this show he viewed the work of Sports Artist Eric Black, of Big Sur, California, and spontaneously realized he could combine three of his favorite pleasures...Baseball, Art, and Collectibles. Monty Sheldon has since developed into one of the Premier Sports Artists in the country. For more examples of Monty's work, much like the famous Artballs® that are displayed inside the museum, visit his website montysheldon.com.
Graig Kreindler's award-winning sports work has appeared in juried shows and museums nationwide, as well as having been featured in nationally distributed books, newspapers, magazines, and both Internet and television featurettes.
To Graig, no other sport embodies the relationship between generations and the sense of community like baseball. His goal is to portray the national pastime in an era when players were accessibly human, and the atmosphere of a cozy ballpark was just as important as what happened on the field. He is proud to act as a visual historian: recreating a history that he has never experienced, yet, like millions of fans, maintain a profound connection with. See more of his work at graigkreindler.com.
Al Papas was a renowned sports cartoonist whose work graced the pages of the Minneapolis Star (now Star-Tribune) and Sporting News in the 1940s and ’50s, the golden era of the sports cartoon. Blending the skills of a caricaturist and a columnist, Papas’ drawings of players, owners and managers were prominently featured on sports pages and a succinct form of journalism. Papas, who grew up in International Falls, MN and played football at the University of Minnesota, began drawing professionally in 1931. His son Al Papas Jr. also was an accomplished illustrator and authored “Gophers Illustrated: The Incredible Complete History of Minnesota Football.”