There’s a new MVP in the Kansas City Royals line-up.
He doesn’t use a glove or a Louisville Slugger. He uses his vision and a paintbrush.
William Rose, a nationally renowned artist, went to work in his Crossroads studio about six weeks ago to create a mural that brings together two of the best moments of last season.
On top, a representation of that 800,000-person party, using the great photograph by Roy Inman as inspiration. On bottom, the winning bear hug at the World Series.
You can feel the emotion. You can see the true personalities of the players.
The piece is on display at the Leopold Gallery until Friday morning. Then it will move to its permanent home at Kauffman Stadium.
According to Paul Dorrell, Leopold’s founder and president, usually something of this size and complexity would take about three months rather than the month and a half Rose had available.
In fact, the oil is still a little wet.
Not only does this amazing picture sum up last season, it also sums up the mission of Leopold Gallery.
For 25 years, they have been, to use their phrase, “building regional culture” with works by Kansas and Missouri artists, installed all over our community.
The last two Royals’ seasons have been works of art. Now, the latest success is captured for all time.
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