Tuesday, January 22, 2013
The Garden of Dreams Foundation announced the unprecedented sale of six signed, original, one-of-a-kind pieces of art by legendary Official Garden Photographer George Kalinsky, to benefit the Foundation. The canvases feature Knicks center and NBA Olympic gold medal winner Tyson Chandler; New York Rangers All-Star goalie Henrik Lundqvist; New York Giants Defensive End and two-time Super Bowl Champion Justin Tuck; Knicks legend, MSG Network analyst and Hall-of-Famer Walt “Clyde” Frazier; former Rangers star and Stanley Cup champion Adam Graves; and key cast members from the Emmy Award-winning series The Sopranos including James Gandolfini, Steve Schirripa, Michael Imperioli, Tony Sirico, and Steve Van Zandt. Also available are signed and unsigned poster prints of the original artwork.
“The Garden of Dreams Foundation is the most meaningful thing we do at The Madison Square Garden Company, and all of us are committed to ensuring we continue to do extraordinary work to benefit children facing obstacles in our area,” said Hank Ratner, president and CEO of The Madison Square Garden Company and Chairman, Garden of Dreams Foundation. “We are deeply honored that George would lend his talent to benefit the Foundation through this unique project, and that these iconic figures are so passionate about participating and helping us continue to grow the Foundation. We are pleased to bring this one-of-a-kind artwork to our loyal fans, who never fail to demonstrate their support for Garden of Dreams.”
“I am honored to be a part of the Garden of Dreams Foundation,” said Kalinsky. “I have had the privilege of capturing some of the most enduring and historic moments in the history of Madison Square Garden, and I am pleased that some of my most recent work will generate funds to support the effort we are all making to positively transform the lives of children who are facing life challenges.”
Kalinsky created each original canvas by placing acrylic paint over an iconic photo using paint brushes and a palette knife, resulting in a one-of-a-kind creative marriage between painting and traditional photographic art.
The 36” x 48” artwork pieces are being auctioned to the public via the Steiner Sports website (SteinerSports.com/GardenOfDreams
) through Friday, March 8 with a starting bid of $2,500. Fans can also purchase 18” x 24” signed poster prints for $200 and unsigned poster prints for $75. All net proceeds will benefit the Garden of Dreams Foundation.