The end of Memorial Stadium as home of the Orioles was just the beginning of a new line of work for Severn Graphics Inc.
That is, if you can call it work.
"This is a whim, just a fun thing to do," says Joel Sparhawk, owner of the Glen Burnie graphic design and custom photo lab firm.
Last summer, the firm teamed up with Baltimore pen-and-ink artist Paul DeRemigis Jr. In just one week, they sold several thousand T-shirts bearing the artist's vision of Memorial Stadium.
Jim Russell, Severn's treasurer, admits it was not a big money-making venture.
But that didn't stop the firm from teaming up with DeRemigis again to markthe opening of the new Oriole Park at Camden Yards.
Last week, Severn Graphics won a Major League Baseball license permitting it to stamp the league's logo and copyrighted name of the new stadium on DeRemigis' latest print. The graphics firm had to pay royalty fees for the logo.
The self-taught artist, whose familiar scenes of the City Dock, Inner Harbor and Chesapeake Bay hang in area art galleries, spent more than 100 hours in February creating a color, pen-and-ink drawing of Camden Yards in his trademark photo-realism style.
It's a view of the main entrance from Baltimore-Washington Parkway, with someyet-to-be-planted trees sketched in, based on architects' plans, Russell said.
DeRemigis will print only 1,250 of his 16-by-20-inch, black-and-white drawings, then hand color and sign each one. They willbe available, for about $75, in framing stores and art galleries, including Severn Gallery, a custom-framing gallery Severn Graphics runson Ritchie Highway.
The artist presented the limited edition's first print to Gov. William Donald Schaefer last week. He's donating the second print to the Maryland Stadium Authority, which plans to hangit next to DeRemigis' Memorial Stadium drawing in the new stadium's club room lobby.
Severn Graphics plans to sell 12-by-16-inch printreproductions in bulk to malls, banks and car dealerships to use as promotional items.
After the success of the Memorial Stadium T-shirts last year, Russell contacted the Maryland Stadium Authority this year and showed them samples of DeRemigis' work.
"They were impressed," Russell said. "He's very detail-oriented."
With the help of the Stadium Authority, Severn Graphics secured the major-league license, then commissioned DeRemigis to do the drawing.
Many of DeRemigis' prints can be found at the Ocean Gallery in Ocean City and in Rehoboth Beach, Del.; at Fast Frame in Severna Park; and at Maryland Artand Frame in Glen Burnie.