Opie, son of Pastor Marcus Otterstad, is a sports artist for the Houston Astros. A graduate of St. Olaf (in studio art and psychology), he is the official artist for the Texas Baseball Hall of Fame. You’ve likely seen his work, but if you’ve been to Lutherhill, you’ve certainly seen his work there, in a mosaic above the kitchen, in the dining hall. Opie still volunteers at camp (Chrysalis) every year, the first week. As a PK, he has spent every summer at camp since he was a kid. He describes camp as “utopia.”
Chris Lake (on his birthday) and I went to Minute Maid Park to meet with Opie, hear about his work and watch the game (6-3 win against the Angels). Chris, also a camp counselor, tells me Opie once did a Bob Marley mural on the wall of one of the cabins.
Opie has spent his life combining a love for baseball and a love for art. Many of his pieces have a 3D affect, incorporating bats, plates and more.
Friends waiting for him to finish practicing so they can play ball. Notice the bat, glove, hat, clock. This has a Rockwellesque quality to it:
A view from the outfield:
Keuchel is popular here. 14-0 at home. Folks walking around with beards. Here is one of the best pitchers matched up against Trout, one of the best batters:
Fans in their Keuchel beards and shirts:
No matter how good you are, even the pros have to practice.