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CLEVELAND -- He's known in Cleveland for his artistry on the field, particularly the way he played shortstop.

But Omar Vizquel is also now an artist off the field.

Vizquel's art show opened Sunday at Convivium 33 Gallery on the city's near east side.

The former Indian, one of the club's most popular players ever, started painting during the baseball strike of 1993.

"The combination of baseball and art I think, is really relaxing to me after a game. Maybe I feel a little bit mad at myself or something, and I go back to the canvas, kind of lost myself a little bit there, my mind kind of changed a little bit. I get to use my hands and my creativity, something I use on the field too, and try to transform it into a painting," said Vizquel.

Proceeds from Sunday's reception went to the Cleveland Courage Fund, set up to help the three Cleveland women freed in May after a decade of captivity.

Vizquel will be honored Monday night with a bobblehead at Progressive Field.