SOMERVILLE, NJ – World-renowned sports artist James Fiorentino has added the Tour of Somerville to his portfolio of defining moments in sports.
In partnership with Studio 7 Fine Art Gallery in Bernardsville, James was commissioned to paint the official artwork for the 2019 Tour of Somerville.
The original painting will permanently hang in the collection of the US Bicycling Hall of Fame in California. The painting was made into limited edition giclees and posters that will be available the week of the tour. Fiorentino will attend the Monday race and preliminary events to sign the giclees and posters.
Fiorentino, who lives in Hunterdon County with his wife Jessica and two sons, works exclusively with water colors.
The posters are sponsored by Flemington Car and Truck Company, Land Rover of Princeton, Clinton Honda and The Somerset Patriots.
Fiorentino’s career is unparalleled, having painted a Who’s Who of the sports world and beyond – Super Bowl quarterbacks, World Series heroes, MVPs, Hall of Famers, Triple Crown winners, NBA champions,, Muhammed Ali, US presidents, world leaders like USSR President Mikhail Gorbachev and Desmond Tutu, and more recently, wildlife portraits.
At the age of 15, the Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, NY selected a portrait of Reggie Jackson painted by Fiorentino as the outfielder’s official portrait. Fiorentino was also the official artist who followed the consecutive game streak of the Orioles; Cal Ripken.
The historic Tour of Somerville, the oldest bike race in the U.S. now in its 76th year. Featuring top cyclists from around the world, more than 500 cyclists will compete in a variety of race categories. The morning begins at 10:30 a.m. with Junior men and women races followed by a variety of amateur races for seniors and masters.
The feature races take place in the afternoon with the professional women and men events. The Mildred Kugler 25-mile race women’s race starts at 3 p.m. and will feature Laura Van Gilder seeking her third straight women’s title. The Kugler-Anderson 50-mile men’s race starts at 4:05 p.m. with top professional men cyclists.
For more information please visit www.tourofsomerville.org