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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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

The Annapolis Collection Gallery Weaves together Art and History

It’s impossible to be anywhere in downtown Annapolis and not feel the history of the town – from colonial times to the more recent history of the 20th century.  And there’s nothing more exciting than bringing history to life through art.  There are some masterful examples around town. One downtown gallery in particular invites you […]

May 21, 2015

Fine Art Celebrating the Old and the New

If you live in Maryland or have visited at some point, then you are aware of the magnificent diversity of the landscape, waterways, government, small industry and trade, and city life. Marylanders treasure and preserve the elements of historical significance that have created what exists today, while also embracing the new. Fine art plays a […]

January 30, 2015