About the Author

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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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

Enjoy Spring in Annapolis, Paintbrush in Hand

Annapolis in the spring is like a living postcard, an artist’s dream. It has all of the elements:  shiny boats, glistening waters, flowers blooming, children playing, busy segue and walking tours, people enjoying lunch on restaurant patios and, one of my favorite views, artists scattered throughout the scenery painting plein air (outdoors). Some of these […]

April 29, 2016

Come to a Party in Annapolis…Leave with Art!

How many fundraisers have you been to where you experience a lively and energetic party that includes food and wine donated by the best restaurateurs in town, lovely music, AND a work of art to take home that is equal to or greater than the value of your ticket? Guaranteed. Seems incredible, right? Who would do that?!

October 20, 2015

The Inside Scoop on the 2015 Annapolis Fringe Festival

What is a Fringe Festival? The original Fringe Festival began in Edinburgh, Scotland and was so popular that others have popped up all over the world. These fun festivals offer over-the-top entertainment committed to an open forum of expression, providing opportunities to connect performers with audiences that otherwise might never see them. Now in its fifth year, the 2015 Annapolis Fringe Festival promises to be the best festival Annapolis has ever seen. Judging by the Facebook activity, it will be the place to be from 7 p.m. to midnight, Saturday, September 26 on historic West Street (from Church Circle to Calvert Street).

September 18, 2015

Catching Up with Local Plein Air Artist David Diaz

It’s Paint Annapolis week and all over town we see artists painting “plein air”, which means to paint outside rather than in a studio. As a studio artist and occasional fair-weather outdoor painter, I have great admiration for these artists who possess a special set of skills, a resistance to the elements and a different perspective on painting. For some insight into the world of plein air painters, I interviewed my friend and plein air painter, David Diaz.

June 08, 2015