'Burn It in There!" by Mike Carey

You might think that art and sports never intersect, but sometimes they do.

Case in point: The 15th annual “The Art of Baseball” exhibit, opening March 24 at the George Krevsky Gallery at 77 Geary St. in San Francisco, near Union Square.

The show, set to run through April 28, includes 76 drawings, paintings and sculptures by 46 artists from across the country.

One of those artists is Mike Carey of Sebastopol, whose 30-pound stone carving, “Burn It in There,” already has been sold to buyers in New York, but will remain on display at the Krevsky Gallery for the entire run of th exhibit.

A longtime Sonoma County resident, and former superintendent of schools in Sebastopol and Cloverdale, Carey only started taking stone-carving classes last June.

“The title, ‘Burn It in There,’ refers to a line from the classic baseball film, ‘The Natural,’ starring Robert Redford as Roy Hobbs, a late-blooming phenom for the New York Knights,” Carey said. “So at age 63, I’d like to think that I’m the Roy Hobbs of stone carvers.”

Carey also has displayed a series of his baseball-themed paintings at a Railroad Square gallery in Santa Rosa.

“In September, 2010, I took up painting while the Giants were going through their improbable run to the world championship, as therapy for ‘Giants Baseball Toruture (GBT),'” Carey recalled.

For more on the Krevsky Gallery’s “Art of Baseball” exhibit: (415) 397-9748 or http://georgekrevskygallery.com.