The American Sports Art Story
A classic business tale…
The truth is that American Sports Art is a business
fluke. I wasn’t looking for a sports art business, it was looking for
In casual conversation one sunny day in the summer
of 2004, I learned that part of Armand LaMontagne’s “Legends of Baseball” art
collection was silently gathering dust in a secure storage facility.
Now the name didn’t hit home immediately, but it’s
pretty hard to be a sports fan in New
England without knowing the life work of Armand LaMontagne. “The guy from Rhode Island” who carves blocks of wood into
life-sized sculptures of sports heros Larry Bird, Bobby Orr, Carl Yastrzemski, Ted Williams and Babe Ruth. He’s a legend (even if
know his name).
Like many admirers, I had no idea that LaMontagne
was also a renowned artist. But after seeing the incredible detail in
his paintings (visit the collection) I was captivated. And the more I
learned, the more interested I got. It seems that a group of businessmen had
commissioned LaMontagne to produce the series to commemorate the 50th
anniversary of the summer of 1941. That summer was quite a ride for big
league baseball. Ted Williams and Joe DiMaggio set new standards and
provided a needed diversion for a country on the brink of war.
And while the original group had done a great job
of marketing the artwork, a stash of the collections somehow along the line the project lost
steam. A decade passed. And a new era of commerce arrived. After
reviewing dozens of Sports Art web-sites it became clear that few, if
any, of these businesses were offering a first rate experience for
sports art sites are nothing more than a database of posters and a
e-commerce shopping cart. Framing (if it’s available at all) consists
of cheap aluminum extrusions and cardboard backers. A big gap seemed to
exist when it came to serving the needs of discriminating customers who
understand and appreciate the value of real art – in real frames.
I sensed opportunity and have invested significant
time and money to assemble a team to bring this young business to
what you see here today. Art authority Dominic Rognanase (of Complements
Art Gallery in Warwick RI) consults and advises to verify the quality of
the collection and select top quality framing to perfectly complement
each piece of art.
My Sports Art experience has been fun and rewarding
so far. I have met great people, and continue to make new friends
daily. Everyone seems interested!
If you know anyone who can help us expand
operations please make the connection! We are always looking for:
Artists looking for another venue to promote
Other dealers with interesting inventories.
Anyone with a passion for sports and a
willingness to share.
Part-time sales representatives for national
Thanks again for visiting. I hope you’ll come back
and tell your friends to do the same.