I’ve been meaning to stop in to Bergino Baseball Clubhouse for far too long. The Greenwich Village art gallery, clubhouse and retail shop regularly posts images of art on its website and Facebook page that have long piqued my curiosity, but I’ve still never been.
On Friday, May 2 from 6-9pm, Bergino Baseball Clubhouse hosts its Spring Art Party with an exhibit entitled The Baseball Paintings of Will Johnson, and this time I don’t think I’ll be able to stay away. I’ve long admired Johnson’s work, and Bergino owner Jay Goldberg tells me the work is even more stunning in person than it appears in a Facebook post. Guests will also be able to enjoy a cold beer and baseball snacks and meet the artist. They will also have a chance to talk with other baseball art fans while taking in the artwork at the Spring kickoff.
When musician Will Johnson isn’t touring or recording with Centro-matic and South San Gabriel or making solo records, the prolific renaissance man keeps busy working on his visual art. In his own words:
“My name is Will. I drive a small pickup, am not presently on any medication, write songs, and play in a few bands with some friends that I love a lot. I’ve worked jobs on a farm, in maintenance and janitorial work, in comic book distribution, in a record store, in restaurants, teaching, delivering cars, transporting equipment, renting out tuxedos, making sandwiches, and cleaning up radioactive and mercury-contaminated waste. I love baseball. As far as I can remember, I have always loved baseball.”
Twenty pieces of Will Johnson’s beautiful, original artwork will be on exhibit and available for purchase.