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
There is art and architecture in the simple shape of a circle. Its curves are reminiscent of the sun, moon, and even helped inspire the development of astronomy! Incorporate circles in your beachside retreat, coastal cottage, or craftsman style home for a delicate accent that pulls a room together–just look at how bold circles in our signature color Shrimp make the wicker Sally Hall Table pop in these beautiful room shots here. Maine Cottage® interiors often have more than just a strong color story, for ways to use this curvy shape with our cheery colors view some of our painted wood, wicker, and upholstered circle inspired decor below.
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.
A garden party with girlfriends… doesn’t that sound nice? Maine Cottage® supported Historic Annapolis by sponsoring the 5th Annual Paca Girlfriends’ Flower Power Party last night at the William Paca House & Garden. The Maine Cottage® Design Team created an outdoor lounge in the picturesque gardens where 500 women of all ages perused our colorful painted, upholstered, and wicker furniture in their most festive frocks. While sipping on pink Pacatini’s (the event’s signature girly drink), enjoying tasty finger foods from local caterers, and shopping, attendees entered to win a Limited Edition Maine Cottage® Beach Cruiser—see the Mayflower / Marine bike and photos from the event below!
Reducing your carbon footprint never looked so stylish. Our Limited Edition Beach Cruisers are available in three fun fabrics, view them all here.
Our Creative Director, Lauren Russell (center), spoke with renowned artist Nancy Hammond (right) with gallery manager and daughter, Katie Hammond (left), about the colorful event.
If you missed out on this year’s event—and signature Pacatini—our “Vintage Cocktails” book might satisfy your thirst. It’s available in-store along with the newest edition called, “Craft Cocktails,” a fantastic hostess gift.
If three’s a crowd, than six is a perfect photo-op! Getting cozy in our Maine Cottage® lounge was a group of mothers and daughters who definitely know how to accessorize the Owen Wing Chair in Relaxed Linen / Natural and Fiddlehead End Table in Porch.
The artwork of Plein-Air painters were framed and auctioned off at the end of the event—a first for the Paca Party!
Featured with our canvas tote bags was the debut of our exclusive 100% silk scarves! Available for purchase in-store.
Use to prolong (and match) your painted wood dining table or as a housewarming gift, Maine Cottage® coasters are available in-store and feature four colorful designs in each set.
The Paca Lounge by Maine Cottage® was definitely enjoyed by the more than 500 women that attended this sold out event!
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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