Enjoy Spring in Annapolis, Paintbrush in Hand

By: Patrice Drago

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


St. John’s vs. Navy Croquet Match Draws Fashions from the Roaring Twenties

By: Jazmine Turner Petty

Once a year, St. John’s College plays host to the biggest croquet match around: The Annapolis Cup. Now in its 34th year, the rivalry pits the croquet team from St. John’s College against that of the United States Naval Academy. This lavish lawn event brings to St. John’s College huge crowds ready to clink glasses on their picnic blankets and swing dance to a live brass band. This year’s Annapolis Cup, to be held on Saturday April 16, promises to live up to the tradition’s fun, festive atmosphere. Even if you know nothing about croquet, you won’t want to miss the high fashion on full display at this fabulous spring lawn party.

April 05, 2016


Annapolis Loves Marine Art

By: Ann Powell

Love is in the air this month, and one thing Annapolis absolutely loves is Marine Art. Marine Art is any art that depicts ships and the sea. This art genre also includes portrayals of small boats, lighthouses, wharves, rivers, beach scenes—really any image that draws inspiration from the sea. You get the picture…

February 13, 2016


Come to a Party in Annapolis…Leave with Art!

By: Patrice Drago

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

By: Patrice Drago

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


Maryland Hall for the Creative Arts Throws “The Party” of the Season in Annapolis

By: Adam Dahlgard

Guys: Slip into your boat shoes, no socks, per local custom; get comfortable in your khakis; and finish the look with a navy blazer. Gals: Start with dancing shoes and add a swing skirt, sun dress or capris. You’ll be ready for an event that’s become “the party” in Annapolis. And no wonder. Where else can you mingle with visitors and locals, sample cuisine from several of Annapolis’ finest restaurants and caterers and sway to the sounds of swing and jazz?

September 07, 2015


Waves of Creativity on the Chesapeake

By: Lindsay Bolin Lowery

We’ve all stared into the blank abyss. Whether it be a sheet of paper, a computer screen, or a canvas staring back at you, we’ve all had our share of creative blocks from time to time. My new favorite solution? Break for fresh air and head to the water with my SUP (stand-up paddle) board! Whenever I need a little sunshine and want to see the local scenery at its best, there is no better place to clear my head and find peace than on a calm, quiet creek. Wildlife, lush flora and fauna, and breathtaking land and seascapes are all you need to gain a fresh outlook.

July 17, 2015


Catching Up with Local Plein Air Artist David Diaz

By: Patrice Drago

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

By: Patrice Drago

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


Art Things, Inc.: ‘Headquarters’ for Annapolis Artists

By: Lindsay Bolin Lowery

There is a pink house across from the Naval Academy Stadium at the intersection of Taylor Avenue and Annapolis Street. You could miss it if not for the Mona Lisa sign out front, but once you find it, you have stumbled upon one of Annapolis’s greatest artistic treasures.

May 08, 2015