Exhibit at Nashville library brings baseball, fine art together

(Photo: WKRN)
(Photo: WKRN)

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WKRN) – It’s not very often you see fine art and baseball mixed, but that’s exactly what late artist Mike Schacht was known for.

For the first time since 2001, you can see his life’s work in an exhibit right here in Nashville.

“One of the best things I think about the exhibit in addition to showing all of Mike’s art is that we have tried to tell his story in the cases around the exhibit hall,” said Linda Schacht.

Linda Schacht (Photo: WKRN)
Linda Schacht (Photo: WKRN)

You can feel the admiration Linda has for her late husband as she walked with News 2 to the second floor of the Nashville Public Library.

“He liked to paint players early in their career. He said they weren’t jaded and they looked as if they were enjoying it more!” she said.

The artist, writer, athlete, fan magazine creator and editor also spent 10 years as a graphic designer in New York.

Then he returned to his first love and started to paint his childhood baseball heroes.

“Mike believed that fine art could also include the subject of sport. He was adamant about it, and he believed that his work could both inform the sports fan who read his magazine, and also he could show those that loved art, about the beauty of the game itself,” Linda told News 2.

(Photo: WKRN)
(Photo: WKRN)

The 15-year retrospective is called “Play! The Art of Mike Schacht,” named after the book Mike was writing when he died.

“We’ve had a tremendous reaction to it. There’s something for baseball fans, for art fans, for people that don’t know much about either, but there’s just a joyful, bright nature to this exhibit,” said Emily Waltenbaugh, spokeswoman for the Nashville Public Library.

“Everybody that sees it when they come in the front door, they smile, and want to rush upstairs to see what it is,” she added.

Linda described Mike’s art as happy art, witty art, meant to speak to everyone.

You can read more about the exhibit at Library.Nashville.org, and click here to visit Mike’s website.

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