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The Art of Baseball

The Art of Baseball, an exhibit of 30 years of Michael Ziegler's baseball photography shows at the Allison/Ross Gallery on the Sammamish Plateau above Issaquah through September.

Instead of the up-tight action shots so popular in modern sports photography, Ziegler often steps back and affords us a view of the larger scene, allowing us to savor the wonderful geometry of the great American pasttime. The lines of the diamond are part of the classic sepia image of Willie Mays getting hit # 3,000, as they are with Ichiro racing down the first base line to leg out an infield hit. Given the variety of baseball ballparks, set in "diamonds" of emerald green, with dun-colored "skins" and pitchers' "mounds" and "dugouts," the setting is just as important as the action.

Many of the great names of baseball are represented: George Brett, Carl Yastrzemski, Gaylord Perry winning game # 300, Pedro Martinez, Mark McGwire, Reggie Jackson, Yogi Berra, Nolan Ryan, Ken Griffey, Jr., Edgar Martinez and many other current Mariners.

Opening Night is September 6, from 5-8, with wine and cheese. On Saturday, September 8 from 1 to 5 there will be other festivities. The show continues on through September-or, as long as the Mariners are in the playoffs!

Allison/Ross is located on 4205 Klahanie Dr. SE, Issaquah. For directions, telephone 425-369-8909. Open Mon-Sat 10-6, Sun 12-5.

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