How a Montreal artist’s really like of baseball served her gain an worldwide competition

Josee Tellier reaches into the back again of a display screen circumstance, feeling close to to come across her prized possession. She pulls out a tiny vial, no bigger than a pill container, with sandy brown dirt inside.

“This is a small secret, I’m not meant to have this,” she claims with a sly smile, holding what to the untrained eye just appears to be like like a bit of earth aloft. “I smuggled it from the field of desires in Iowa, it is a minor bit of dirt from the diamond.”

Field of Dreams dirt

Josee Tellier reveals off a vial of dirt taken from the ‘field of dreams,’ the legendary baseball diamond from the film of the same title. (Picture: Kelly Greig/CTV Information)

Tellier’s apartment, in an unassuming NDG making, could move for an all-Expos Cooperstown. Her entranceway is draped with silky blue 1980s Expos windbreakers and conquer up ball caps. Her dining place cabinets are packed with signed baseballs and souvenirs. Wander as a result of to the residing area, and there is a  Gary Carter sofa cushion sitting down over the glass coffee table that doubles as a exhibit circumstance for bats and an authentic seat cushion from Jarry Park.

It is not Tellier’s like of the sport which is drawing interest although, it’s her creative talent.

The 45-yr-previous illustrator a short while ago received an worldwide competition for the Josh Gibson Basis, recreating the Negro League star’s baseball card in her have design.

Gibson was known as one particular of the finest electricity hitters of his era and in 1972 he was the second at any time Negro League participant to be elected to Hall of Fame. Lots of known as him the Black Babe Ruth, other folks say Ruth was the White Josh Gibson.

The opposition is portion of a marketing campaign to have Important League Baseball’s MVP award renamed for Gibson.

“We are in a marketing campaign to rename the MVP award in Key League Baseball for Josh Gibson “ mentioned his great-grandson Sean Gibson. “Josee’s art served drive that campaign.”

Tellier still left her total-time career in June to aim solely on her artwork. She creates typically portraits and re-intended baseball playing cards of renowned players. Alongside her shelves some of the Expos greats peek out. Outfielder Vladimir Guerrero and pitcher Invoice Lee’s smiling faces hold in close proximity to her pc- where by she makes her do the job.

She acknowledges staying a entire-time artists is a chance, but as baseball orders from all-around the entire world pour in she joked, “I’ve got enough get the job done with 2023.”

From her NDG apartment, she’s developing images that are drawing attention globally. 

Josee Tellier

Josee Tellier reveals off just a couple of parts of her Montreal Expos memorabilia collection. (Photo: Kelly Greig/CTV News)