Inspiration comes in many forms, designers at Maine Cottage® often get their creative juices flowing when walking along the beach collecting seashells, going to local farmer and flower markets, or digging deep into color theory. Someone who can relate to the creative process is our September featured artist, Patrice Drago—a fine artist with an airy abstract expressionist aesthetic. Her serene colors and fluid brushstrokes coordinate nicely with the coastal style of Maine Cottage® colorful handcrafted furniture. Join us on Friday, September 20th to experience this fun curated event!
Patrice Drago is a fine art painter that started painting at 14-years-old, she has explored many mediums and is heavily influenced by abstract expressionism.
Patrice Drago | Artist Statement: Painting is a new experience for me for me everyday. Rather than sticking to a particular method or style, I begin with an open mind and heart, allowing inspiration to come from within and giving freedom to the expression of my process. I love painting abstractly; both non-subjective and from nature because it creates a more fluid and dynamic feel. While my paintings and style are always evolving and finding new directions, there is a constant underlying theme of vivid colors and lightness of spirit. Ultimately, I paint to express joy.
This month’s Color & Cocktails event showcased the vibrant nature inspired work of Ramon Matheu—an artist with a post-Pop style and proud resident of Maryland’s Eastern Shore. Upon entering the Maine Cottage® Flagship Store in downtown Annapolis, guests were greeted with a raw oyster bar (donated by Boatyard Bar & Grill owner Dick Franyo), refreshing Leinenkeugel’s Summer Shandy Ale, and plenty of good company and conversations. Ramon’s colorful coastal artwork was displayed throughout the Flagship Store and paired perfectly with Maine Cottage® signature colors and coastal furniture.
The raw oyster bar donated by Boatyard Bar & Grill was a hit! Our professional shucker was manning bushel after bushel of Chesapeake Bay Oysters for guests. A Maryland tradition, oysters on the half shell are served with Tabasco sauce, cocktail sauce, and lemon.
Maine Cottage® Marketing & Sales Assistant, Cullen Bushnell (left), chats with Design Coordinator, Karyn Hutson (right).
Ramon Matheu photographed with Maine Cottage® Creative Director, Lauren Russell in front of, “Crabalicious.” Each piece of Chesapeake Bay inspired artwork sold during the event received a year-long membership to the Chesapeake Bay Foundation donated by Maine Cottage®.
Boatyard Bar & Grill owner and Chesapeake Bay Foundation Trustee, Dick Franyo, artist Ramon Matheu, and Maine Cottage® President, Larry Strassner. To assist with environmental education programs that raise awareness about protecting the Chesapeake Bay, 10% of all artwork sales from the evening’s proceeds were donated to the Chesapeake Bay Foundation.
Photography: Heather Crowder
The abundance of beauty provided by the Chesapeake Bay and wildlife on Maryland’s Eastern Shore inspires July’s featured artist, Ramon Matheu. The Artist Summer Series, curated by the Design Team at Maine Cottage®, are excited about pairing Ramon’s vibrant art in the Annapolis flagship store with our colorful painted wood, wicker, and upholstered furniture. Join us for wine, beer, and a raw oyster bar donated by beloved Eastport restaurant, The Boatyard Bar & Grill. A portion of the proceeds from this event will benefit the Chesapeake Bay Foundation!
Ramon Matheu is a fine artist and designer who has a distinctive post-Pop style and is well-versed in many mediums, such as computer graphics and sculpture. His artwork will be available for purchase at the event.
Educated in the fine art of print making from Methodist College in North Carolina, Ramon also studied at the Art Institute of Philadelphia and graduated with a degree in Specialized Technology. He has experience in acrylic paint, sculpture, computer graphics, and digital photography; and served as an Art Director in Washington, D.C. for more than 15 years. He currently lives on Kent Island with his wife and two children.
Each month we’ll feature the artwork of talented local artists in our Flagship Store—located at 209 West Street in Annapolis, MD—and host a meet-and-greet event. Our design team has curated this unique lineup of artists whose styles range from abstract expressionism to pop art. All the pieces find a happy home with our colorful painted furniture, like being the focal point above the solid wood Julianna Bed or perched atop the elegant wicker Sally Hall Table. The palette of possibilities for decorating with color are endless.
Indulge in color with June’s special guest Sheila DeLaquil, a fine artist that works in water and mixed media, including acrylics and watercolor crayons. Artwork will be available for purchase and ranges from $300 to $1,200.
“It’s the adventure of painting that inspires me to paint. I’m energized by the painting process and by responding to what happens on the painting surface. I sometimes start working by laying down paint with no particular concept in mind and then work to create shapes, patterns, values and color relationships that are exciting to me. On other occasions, I may start a piece with a pre-conceived plan, but honestly, so much happens on the surface that I inevitably respond directly to what I see.” —Sheila DeLaquil
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