Press Release


‘CASH FOR CLUNKERS’ BASEBALL ART PROGRAM -
ACCLAIMED GALLERY PROVIDES REBATES ON INVENTORY FOR TRADE INS


October 2009 – The acclaimed Marquess Gallery, featuring the photographic art of Don Marquess, has instituted its own “cash for clunkers” program, under which people turning in old clunker art (at least 11”x14”), will be rewarded with a one-third discount on any art sold through the gallery’s St. Louis location or through its website. 


“As art is in the eye of the beholder, we are not creating any strict criteria to determine what qualifies as ‘art,’” notes Marquess.  “We will be totally lenient in this program.  So long as it is at least 11”x14”, it can be a poster, a print, a photograph or finished artwork.  And for those troubled by big government’s hand in the original cash-for-clunkers program {benefiting the auto industry}, you can be sure that this is an independent program with no "red tape,” administered by our own hard-working staff.”


Don Marquess specializes in baseball still life – his creative placements of baseball objects, notably the ball itself, have won him acclaim both in photographic and sports circles.  He shoots his photographs in natural light without a tripod, producing remarkably sharp and intensely colorful images.


Nearly 50 different images are available through Marquess Gallery, ranging in price from $45 posters to $1800 Cibachrome original signed photographs.  Marquess photographic art hangs in many professional baseball offices as well as in the private collections of major league players, who stop by the Union Station gallery in St. Louis or purchase from the website.


The offer, which runs through December 31, 2009, requires the customer to send in their artwork (USPS, FedEx or UPS), along with a major credit card number and expiration date and their choice of a “replacement” work of art.  The new art will be sent free of charge via UPS.  Art should be sent to Marquess Gallery, 206 Union Station, St. Louis, MO 63103.


“We do have some tongue in cheek humor in adopting the cash-for-clunkers slogan,” notes Marquess.  “But these are tough times in America; the purchase of art is a discretionary purchase, and this incentive is intended to help make the purchase easier for baseball fans.”


CASH FOR CLUNKERS ART PROGRAM

Turn in any old artwork to the Marquess Gallery, and get 33% OFF anything in the Baseball Fine Art Collection. Yes, any old Artwork qualifies!

How it works:

  1. Send in your old artwork of at least 11”x14” in size (USPS, FedEx or UPS - see address below).
  2. Include a major credit card number with expiration date, and your choice of a “replacement” work of art from the Baseball Fine Art Collection.
  3. Your new art will be sent to you via FREE UPS shipping.

Art should be sent to:
     Marquess Gallery,
     206 Union Station,
     St. Louis, MO 63103.

Phone Toll Free: (877) 997-7773



New York, February, 2009 – As a commemoration of this year’s World Baseball Classic, the classic fine art print “Beisbol”is bring reintroduced by its creator.

“We brought ‘Beisbol’ to the market two years ago to a wonderful reaction, but we also knew it would be most timely and most appreciated in a year of the WBC,” said Don Marquess, the photographer and creator of the Marquess Gallery of St. Louis. 

The Art Print features the flags of nine Latin American nations who foster baseball and whose players have played in the Major Leagues.  The nine nation’s flags rest on the flag of the United States, topped by the image of a pristine baseball.

Don Marquess specializes in baseball still life – his creative placements of baseball objects, notably the ball itself, have won him acclaim both in photographic and sports circles.  He shoots his photographs in natural light without a tripod, producing remarkably sharp and intensely colorful images.

“Beisbol” measures 18”x24” and is printed on special paper with an aqueous coating.  It has been produced in limited edition of fewer than 2,000 prints.

The flags of Puerto Rico, Panama, Cuba, Venezuela, Mexico, Dominican Republic, Nicaragua, Columbia and Guatemala are represented on the print.  Cuba, Dominican Republic, Panama, Puerto Rico and Venezuela are all competing in this year’s WBC, which runs March 5-23.

Latin Americans currently represent approximately 25% of all Major League players.

“Beisbol” sells for $45 or $165 matted and framed, plus UPS ground shipping.  All prints are sent in flat packaging.

 Marquess Gallery located at 127 Union Station, St. Louis, Missouri., (314) 997-7773. It is open to the public during normal mall hours.



CARDINALS BROADCASTER JOHN ROONEY TEAMS UP WITH LOCAL BASEBALL PHOTOGRAPHER TO BENEFIT HERBERT HOOVER BOYS AND GIRLS CLUB

Photograph by Don Marquess Titled “It’s a Goner” in Honor of Rooney’s Homerun Call

ST. LOUIS, May 25, 2007 – Beginning today, baseball fans can purchase a limited-edition photograph by local baseball photographer Don Marquess honoring Cardinals broadcaster John Rooney’s signature “It’s a goner” homerun call, with proceeds benefiting the Herbert Hoover Boys and Girls Club.

The print – which depicts a baseball busting out of its seams – will be available for $75.00 (plus shipping and handling) by visiting Marquess’ gallery at St. Louis Union Station, logging on to his website at www.baseballfineart.com, or calling toll-free (877) 997-7773.

“Don and I both love baseball and wish more kids had the opportunity to play the sport,” said John Rooney, St. Louis Cardinals broadcaster on KTRS 550 AM.  “It’s no coincidence that proceeds are benefiting the Herbert Hoover Boys and Girls Club.  Their facility sits on the site of Sportsman’s Park, where I saw my first Cardinals game, and among the many wonderful things the club does for children is teach kids how to play baseball.”

Rooney’s signature “It’s a goner” homerun call has been used in national play-by-play broadcasts and in Cardinals Radio Network broadcasts during the regular season and last years post season.
Since 1967, Herbert Hoover Boys & Girls Club (HHBGC) has been providing a safe place for children to learn and grow.  Their mission is to inspire and enable youth ages 6 to 18 to realize their full potential as productive, responsible and caring citizens.

Founded on the site of historic Sportsman’s Park, former home to the St. Louis Browns and Cardinals baseball teams, the club provides young people with access to quality programs and services that will shape their experiences today for a better life tomorrow. 

Herbert Hoover Boys & Girls Club programs have expanded to include both boys and girls, and reach beyond the club’s original emphasis on sports and recreation to collaborative programs with Webster University Community Music School, Opera Theatre, the Zoo, Missouri Botanical Garden, the Science Center, University of Missouri-St. Louis, Saint Louis University and others.

With an annual membership of nearly 2,600, the Club operates at full capacity, 48 weeks a year, six days a week during the school year and five days a week during the summer. The average daily attendance is 500 youth.

Don Marquess has been a professional art photographer since the early 1980’s and has since become one of the most respected photographic artists in the country.  Known for his use of intense color, remarkable sharpness and inventive composition, Marquess was the exclusive art photographer of Mark McGwire's 70th homerun baseball and a special edition of his photograph "Strike Three" was selected by the St. Louis Cardinals for presentation to Bruce Sutter at his induction into the National Baseball Hall Of Fame.  In addition, Marquess collaborated with Hall of Fame broadcaster – and poet – Jack Buck to merge Marquess’s photographs with Buck’s poems to create one-of-a-kind pieces of art.



LIMITED EDITION PORTFOLIO OF ARTISTIC BASEBALL PHOTOGRAPHY AVAILABLE NOW THROUGH MARQUESS GALLERY

St. Louis, April 1, 2006 --- The growing popularity and demand for the baseball themed photography of Don Marquess has resulted in an issue faced before by many artists whose work has touched a chord with the public - "Where do I display all of these; I admire so many!"

An answer has been provided with the introduction of the first Limited Edition Portfolio of Marquess baseball photography - a handsomely boxed set of 20 original museum quality baseball photographs mounted on 11x14 black archival rag board in a black portfolio presentation case.

The handsome case is an inviting way to obtain 20 of Marquess' finest photographs in a striking presentation piece. Each Crystal Archive print is hand signed and numbered in a limited edition of just 200. The portfolio is priced at $2,500.

Don Marquess has developed a photo style in which elements of the game of baseball - bats, bases, gloves, and primarily the baseballs themselves - are captured in a still life form in the highest grade photographic process. Marquess shoots with 50 ASA film in natural light, without a tripod, producing prints that approximate 95 megapixels in quality - about six times greater than a digital camera produces.

The portfolio includes "The Balls of Summer," "Pastime," "Please…Let it be a Closer," "Safe", "Out of Play", "Winter Ball", "It's Not Just a Guy Thing," "Strike Three," "Great Save," "Caught," "Season's Over," "The Sweet Spot," "Long Ball," "Steppin' Up," "Mr. October," "On the D.L.," "The Wannabe's," "The Patriot," "Still Smokin'" and "Old Glory." All are visible at www.baseballfineart.com.

Don Marquess operates the popular Marquess Gallery in Union Station, St. Louis, a frequent stop for visiting teams and Cardinal players who stay in downtown hotels. A number of Marquess works will be hung in the new Busch Stadium, and a national gallery tour of the work will begin later this year.

The Portfilio can be purchased from this site, or by visiting Marquess Gallery located at 127 Union Station, St. Louis, Missouri., (314) 997-7773. It is open to the public during normal mall hours. Or order toll free at 877 997-7773. Don Marquess is available for interview upon request.


Contact: Marty Appel Public Relations 212 245-1772



HAS THE PERFECT BASEBALL SCOREBOOK BEEN INVENTED? NEW ISSUE FROM MARQUESS GALLERY HOLDS THE ANSWER

St. Louis, April 1, 2006 --- With the ever increasing need for more and more information from a baseball box score has come an equally pressing demand for the ultimate scorebook, something to log everything from balls and strikes to the positioning of the umpires to the start and finish times of the games.

Don Marquess, the celebrated baseball photographer, has produced the ultimate baseball scorebook - spiral bound, easy to work with, and containing room for 92 games. At the Major League level, that's enough for an entire home season and post-season contests. For levels beginning with Little League, it's enough to log an entire Little League and Babe Ruth League career.

The scorebook's front and back covers feature a magnificent photograph from the Marquess Gallery of a cluster of "The Balls of Summer," perfectly unscarred baseballs, randomly arranged, from the collection. The inside front cover features a work called "Caught!" with a beat up ball resting quietly inside an old Tony Kubek model glove. (Don Marquess' actual, lefthanded first baseman's glove).

The scoresheet design was done by Tammy Gazaway.

Don Marquess has developed a photo style in which elements of the game of baseball - bats, bases, gloves, and primarily the baseballs themselves - are captured in a still life form in the highest grade photographic process. Marquess shoots with 50 ASA film in natural light, without a tripod, producing prints that approximate 95 megapixels in quality - about six times greater than a digital camera produces.

He operates the popular Marquess Gallery in Union Station, St. Louis, a frequent stop for visiting teams and Cardinal players who stay in downtown hotels. A number of Marquess works will be hung in the new Busch Stadium, and a national gallery tour of the work will begin later this year.

The Scorebook can be purchased from this site, or by visiting Marquess Gallery located at 127 Union Station, St. Louis, Missouri., (314) 997-7773. It is open to the public during normal mall hours. Or order toll free at 877 997-7773. Don Marquess is available for interview upon request.


Contact: Marty Appel Public Relations 212 245-1772


UNIQUE BASEBALL THEMED UMBRELLA
AVAILABLE NOW THROUGH MARQUESS GALLERY

St. Louis, April 1, 2006 --- It's the perfect gift to get a baseball fan through the rain delays of life!

From the celebrated Marquess Gallery of St. Louis comes an artistic, large size red, white and blue umbrella captured by the photography of Don Marquess - specifically, a collection of 208 neatly arranged baseballs to hold back the storms, supported by a sturdy umbrella mechanism of the highest quality. The umbrella - some might call it foldable art - sells for $29.00.

Don Marquess has developed a photo style in which elements of the game of baseball - bats, bases, gloves, and primarily the baseballs themselves - are captured in a still life form in the highest grade photographic process. Marquess shoots with 50 ASA film in natural light, without a tripod, producing prints that approximate 95 megapixels in quality - about six times greater than a digital camera produces.

He operates the popular Marquess Gallery in Union Station, St. Louis, a frequent stop for visiting teams and Cardinal players who stay in downtown hotels. A number of Marquess works will be hung in the new Busch Stadium, and a national gallery tour of the work will begin later this year.

The umbrella can be purchased from this site, or by visiting Marquess Gallery located at 127 Union Station, St. Louis, Missouri., (314) 997-7773. It is open to the public during normal mall hours. Or order toll free at 877 997-7773. Don Marquess is available for interview upon request.


EXCLUSIVE PRINT OF SAMMY SOSA'S 66TH HOME RUN BALL NOW AVAILABLE; PORTION OF SALES TO BENEFIT SOSA'S CHARITY OF CHOICE

ST. LOUIS, MO., DECEMBER 22, 1998... Just weeks after capturing an exclusive photograph of Mark McGwire's 70th home run baseball, photographer Don P. Marquess has shot the 66th home run ball hit by the National League's Most Valuable Player Sammy Sosa. The limited-edition, cibachrome print of the baseball is now available for sale at the Marquess Gallery located at 127 Union Station, St. Louis, Missouri.

The design of the print pays tribute to Sosa and his homeland by incorporating the theme of the Dominican Republic flag with Sosa's true love, baseball. The red, white and blue color combination of the 20-inch by 30-inch print beautifully captures the true spirit of baseball and the patriotism felt by baseball fans everywhere when Sosa hit his 66th home run during the unforgettable 1998 baseball season. The finished, framed print measures 27-inches by 37-inches.

Nationally recognized photographer, St. Louisian Don Marquess, received exclusive rights to photograph the baseball from Albert Chapa, the Houston, Texas resident who caught number 66. Sixty-six limited-edition cibachrome prints have been made and each is signed by Marquess and accompanied by a certificate of authenticity.

The cibachrome photo prints are available for $2500.00 each, and are on display at the Marquess Gallery located at 127 Union Station, St. Louis, Missouri. The 66th limited edition print will be given to Sosa as a gift for his contributions to baseball and as a reminder of his tremendous accomplishments and generosity. In addition $500.00 from the sale of each print will be donated to a charity of Sosa's choice or a charity supported by the Chicago Cubs.

In addition to the limited-edition cibachrome prints, 6,600 18-inch by 24-inch, fine-art prints of the photo also have been made and are available for $66.00 each. Each poster will bear the imprint "Official photograph of the #66 home run baseball as caught by Albert Chapa, September 25, 1998." Five dollars from the sale of each fine-art print also will go to Cub's charities or a charity of Sosa's choice.

"The 1998 baseball season was heightened by the home run derby between Sammy Sosa and Mark McGwire, who both showed true sportsmanship and passion for the game of baseball. This endeavor allows us to pay tribute to both players and enables us to help other baseball fans own their own piece of history and help a truly worthy cause at the same time," said Marquess.

Marquess Gallery also has an impressive collection of other baseball images captured by Don Marquess during the height of the 1998 season, including an exclusive photo of the 70th home run baseball hit by Mark McGwire that was photographed and released earlier this month. Images of the home run baseball prints and Marquess' work can be viewed on the World Wide Web at www.baseballfineart.com. Those interested in ordering a print or poster can call the Marquess Gallery toll-free at (877) 997-7773.

Marquess is a nationally recognized fine art photographer known for his ability to capture the fine details and beauty of almost any object. Marquess Gallery located at 127 Union Station, St. Louis, Missouri., (314) 997-7773. It is open to the public during normal mall hours.


EXCLUSIVE PRINT OF MARK McGWIRE'S 70TH HOME RUN BALL NOW AVAILABLE; PORTION OF SALES TO BENEFIT CARDINAL CARE

ST. LOUIS, MO., DECEMBER 9, 1998... An exclusive photograph of Mark McGwire's record setting 70th home run ball is now available for sale at the Marquess Gallery located at 127 Union Station, St. Louis, Missouri.

The red, white and blue color combination of the 20-inch by 30-inch print beautifully captures the true spirit of baseball and the patriotism felt by baseball fans everywhere when McGwire hit his 70th home run during the unforgettable 1998 baseball season. The finished, beautifully framed print measures 27-inches by 37-inches.

Nationally recognized photographer, St. Louisian Don Marquess, received exclusive rights to photograph the baseball from Philip Ozersky, the St. Louis resident who caught number 70. Seventy limited-edition prints have been made and each is signed by Marquess and accompanied by a certificate of authenticity.

The prints are available for $2,500 each, and are on display at the Marquess Gallery located at 127 Union Station, St. Louis, Missouri. The seventieth limited edition print will be given to McGwire as a gift for his contributions to baseball and as a reminder of his tremendous accomplishments and generosity. In addition, $500 from the sale of each print will be donated to Cardinal Care children's charities.

In addition to the limited-edition prints, 7000 18-inch by 24-inch posters of the photo also have been made and are available for $70 each. Each poster will bear the imprint "Official photograph of the #70 home run baseball as caught by Philip Ozersky, September 27, 1998." Five dollars from the sale of each poster also will go to Cardinal Care.

"Mark McGwire has not only ignited the spirit of baseball for me and millions of other fans but his generosity and support to children's causes is an example to us all. This endeavor gives us the ability to help other baseball fans own their own piece of history and help a truly worthy cause at the same time," said Marquess.

Marquess Gallery also has an impressive collection of other baseball images captured by Don Marquess during the height of the 1998 season.

Images of the home run baseball print and Marquess' work can be viewed on the World Wide Web at www.baseballfineart.com. Those interested in ordering a print or poster can call the Marquess Gallery toll-free at (877) 997-7773.

Marquess is a nationally recognized fine art photographer known for his ability to capture the fine details and beauty of almost any object. Marquess Gallery located at 127 Union Station, St. Louis, Missouri., (314) 997-7773. It is open to the public during normal mall hours.


MARQUESS GALLERY GOES ONLINE WITH BASEBALLFINEART.COM

ST. LOUIS, MO - December 1, 2001 - Renowned fine art photographer Don Marquess brings his baseball-themed photography to the Internet with baseballfineart.com, a website featuring his nationally-recognized photographs of baseballs.

The site makes Marquess' unique photographs available to an international audience over the World Wide Web. More than 25 of Marquess' striking baseball images are available for purchase at baseballfineart.com, where visitors can choose from cibachrome prints, posters and note cards. Framing and matting options are available through the site as well.

Marquess, who has been a been a fine art photographer for more than 25 years, took his first photographs of baseballs in 1998, inspired by St. Louis Cardinals slugger Mark McGwire's pursuit of the major league home run record. Just four days after Marquess hung his prints, "The Balls of Summer," "Old Glory," "Patriot" and "Smokin'" in his gallery in suburban St. Louis' Plaza Frontenac, McGwire himself walked in for a visit. McGwire liked the prints and spread the word to his teammates; in the next few weeks, more than half of the Cardinals team visited the gallery and bought prints.

Since then, Marquess, a self-described "baseball maniac" since the age of eight, has become the exclusive photographer of Sammy Sosa's 66th home run ball and McGwire's 70th home run ball, and has worked on projects with Cardinals legends Lou Brock, Al Hrabosky and Jack Buck. Marquess baseball prints now hang in the homes and offices of players and front office personnel from more than 25 different Major League Baseball teams, and his baseball-themed prints, posters and cards are available in team gift shops and clubhouses across the country and at the National Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, New York.

Marquess, who uses a 35-millimeter Contax camera for all his photographs, attributes the clarity and brilliance of his images to his use of very slow 50 ASA film, and his insistence on shooting everything handheld, without a tripod, in natural light.

Since April 2000, the Marquess Gallery has been located in downtown St. Louis' historic Union Station, at 127 Union Station, 1820 Market Street, St. Louis, MO 63103.

For additional information on baseballfineart.com or Marquess Gallery, contact Don Marquess at 877.997.7773 or info@baseballfineart.com, or visit the website at www.baseballfineart.com.