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Patrice Drago is a full-time artist and freelance writer with a lifetime of experience in the travel and hospitality industry. Growing up in hotels up and down the East Coast from Maine to Florida she used her artistic and journalism skills to create a unique and adventurous career with Marriott International. Moving to Annapolis in 2002, she began a slow transition to focus solely focus on producing, writing about and supporting art and the art community. Patrice is an Artist In Residence at Maryland Hall for the Creative Arts, and she exhibits and sells her work in Maryland, New York and Maine. She writes the monthly Gallery Column for the Annapolis Capital newspaper, is an officer on the Boards of Directors of MFA (Maryland Federation of Art), and the newly revitalized Annapolis Arts District. Contact Patrice at: www.patricedragofineart.com or www.patricedrago.com.

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Local Artist Charles Lawrance and FinArt

I love interviewing artists.  The story behind the artist is almost always multi-dimensional and adds another lens through which to see their work.  This was true of my discussion with Charles Lawrance. It was an easy conversation; he’s a soft-spoken, even-tempered guy.  His work stands alone of course, as all good artwork does, but I […]

June 02, 2017


Maryland Art Proudly Displayed in Legislative Offices

Maryland is a state that recognizes the value of art, demonstrated by the fact there are only two American states that provide more funding for art.  We love art! Nowhere is there a better evidence of this wide support of Maryland Art than at the Lowe House Office Building (6 Bladen Street) in Annapolis.  Across […]

March 17, 2017


Maryland Hall – Offering Well-Rounded and Innovative Experiences

If you live in our area, or are a frequent visitor, you are probably aware of the full spectrum of arts offered to the community. We are fortunate to have access and exposure to all types of high-level performances and education from several institutions and organizations. One of the most well-rounded of those is Maryland […]

January 23, 2017


Meet Jay Fleming, Annapolis-based Fine Art Wildlife Photographer

Photos, photos, everywhere!  We snap and post, like and share, have access to literally millions of stock photos to upload as screensavers or drop into newsletters all while being enticed with vivid eye-catching photos online and in social media designed to excite, entice and stimulate us to purchase, engage or get involved. I Googled “photographs […]

December 14, 2016


A Conversation with Lindsay Pichaske, a Fine Art Ceramicist

What do you think of when you hear the word “ceramics”?  Bowls, plates—lamps, perhaps?  No matter what comes to mind, I doubt you have conjured up images of the amazing clay sculptures produced by Maryland Hall Artist in Residence, Lindsay Pichaske. I first met Lindsay when we became Artists In Residence (AIRs) at the same […]

November 22, 2016


A Conversation with Area Fine Artist Nancy Hammond

It’s 10:30 a.m. on a windy Saturday in October, and I’m across the street from a line of people that begins at a beautifully designed art gallery storefront in the Annapolis Arts District on West Street and snakes down the street and around the corner. The line started forming in the wee hours of the […]

October 25, 2016


Jimi Haha: Local Artist, Musician, Up.St.Art Creative Director

More and more people are becoming aware that the Annapolis art scene extends well beyond paintings of crabs and sailboats. There are some of us who have always known that, such as native Annapolitan Jimi Davies. Not only is he helping raise that awareness by creating Up.St.Art Annapolis, one of the best art magazines in […]

September 15, 2016


Maryland Federation of Art’s Annual American Landscapes Exhibition: Striking, but not in the Traditional Sense

“American Landscapes”.  The phrase calls to mind pastoral scenes like hills and mountains, sunsets on meadows, beautiful rocky coastlines. When visiting an exhibit of American Landscape artwork it is common to expect each painting to outdo the last in its stunning capture of light and mood, with the incredible beauty of nature as the focal […]

August 22, 2016


A Conversation with Jeff Schaub, owner of the Annapolis Marine Art Gallery

What’s the first thing that comes to mind when you hear the words “Annapolis” and “art” in the same sentence? You are in the majority if your first thought went to paintings of boats and waterways. While the art scene in Annapolis has now grown and expanded to include all genres of high quality contemporary […]

July 07, 2016


Collect Art Fresh off the Easel at Paint Annapolis

Whether you are a seasoned art collector or thinking about becoming one, this week in Annapolis offers a fantastic opportunity to acquire a piece that you love and to be a part of the story behind it. Maryland Federation of Art’s Paint Annapolis, the region’s first plein air competition of the year, brings top-notch international […]

May 31, 2016


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