Severn Graphics Scoring Big With Stadium T-shirt

Glen Burnie Firm Sells 2,000 In A Week

August 12, 1991|By Lorraine Mirabella | Lorraine Mirabella,Staff writer

Memorial Stadium is now on sale for $14.95, courtesy of Paul DeRemigis Jr.

The Baltimore pen-and-ink artist -- whose scenes of the City Dock, Inner Harbor and Chesapeake Bay hang in many local art galleries -- has teamed with a Glen Burnie graphics design firm to sell theartist's vision of the stadium on a T-shirt.

And in the stadium's last days as home of the Orioles, DeRemigis'vision is hot. In just one week, Severn Graphics Inc. has sold more than 2,000 shirts.

With just 26 home games left and stadium mania mounting, the firm expects even greater demand before the team moves to the new stadium in downtown Baltimore next year.

"We're catching up with the hype and excitement of only a few more games left. We believe the excitement of that is just beginning," said Jim Russell, treasurer at Severn Graphics, which typically doesn't deal in T-shirts.

Russell and the firm's owner, Joel Sparhawk, came up with the idea to immortalize the stadium on cotton after seeing DeRemigis' latest work -- a watercolor of the stadium and a black-and-white, pen-and-ink version.

Besides doing graphic design and custom photo lab work, Severn Graphics runs a custom framing gallery across the street from its Ritchie Highway office, called Severn Gallery. The gallery sells the 40-year-old artist's prints.

DeRemigis, a self-taught artist, worked from a snapshot to reproduce the stadium in painstaking detail. He spent some 100 hours creating a work in his trademark photo-realism style.

Since April, when he completed the stadium watercolor and pen-and-ink drawing, they have been his top sellers.

"Every artist is doing the stadium," DeRemigis said. "Three years ago peoplestarted asking me to do it."

When Sparhawk and Russell approachedhim with the T-shirt idea, DeRemigis liked it right away. Sparhawk designed the shirt, which reads, "Memorial Stadium, Home of the Baltimore Orioles, 1954-1991."

The shirt is white; the stadium is black and white and the lettering is orange.

The Orioles shirt has sparked interest in a Colts version, which Severn Graphics will start taking orders for next week. It will read, "Home of the Baltimore Colts,"and feature blue lettering.

The T-shirts are being sold at Koenig Art Emporium in Marley Station Mall, Royal Farm stores throughout thestate and by mail through Severn Graphics (768-6118).

Many of DeRemigis' prints can be found at the Ocean Gallery in Ocean City and inRehobeth Beach; at Fast Frame in Severna Park; and at Maryland Art and Frame at Glen Burnie.

Color prints cost $45 to $55, while black-and-whites are $18 to $20.

Even if Memorial Stadium falls victim to the wrecking ball someday, DeRemigis will have no shortage of subjects.

Though the new stadium has yet to be finished, DeRemigis hasbegun taking orders from people who want him to paint it.

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