Featured AAC Artist Series: Patrice Drago

The Arts Council Virtual Art Gallery Series Featuring AAC Artist: Patrice Drago

“I am inspired by beauty, and I paint because it is adventurous and optimistic. I have always loved diving into the unknown, and I do that with every new painting and every stroke. The process of discovery and creation brings me joy, and my goal is to create works that do the same for others.

Vibrant color and energetic designs move my soul. Most of my work is lyrical abstract expression with a constant underlying theme of sharp contrast and lightness of spirit. Creating large energetic works with a back and forth of addition and subtraction is invigorating and exciting, and I balance that with the zen and meditative process of creating smaller works of abstractions of animals and the natural world as well as urban environments.”

Website:
Patrice Drago – Fine Art

Social Media:
Facebook
Instagram
Twitter

Scroll down to see a few selected pieces of Patrice’s work along with the details for each piece. 

(From Left to Right)

“Thermal Lift”
acrylic on canvas
36″x36″

“Blue Kyanite”
acrylic on canvas
12″x12″

“Between the Spaces”
acrylic on canvas
30″x24″

“Along the Brook”
acrylic and mixed media on canvas
36″x36″

“Undertow”
acrylic and mixed media on canvas
24″x24″

“Whirlpool”
acrylic and mixed media on canvas
24″x24″

Featured AAC Artist Series: Kay Fuller

The Arts Council Virtual Art Gallery Series Featuring AAC Artist: Kay Fuller

Education: University of Maryland, Health Services Administration

Statement of Purpose: Kay lives to create art to bring joy to the viewer. Watercolor is my medium of choice, but I thoroughly enjoy acrylics and collage. She is always open to learning new ways to express my passion.

Kay describes herself as a cactus flower when it comes to art. She did not pick up a paintbrush until she was eligible for Social Security, but once introduced to watercolor painting, it became her passion. Her first painting workshop by Janice Beck was part of a vacation in Provence in 2005. Subsequently, she has taken classes by David Daniels, Gina Clapp, Michelle Hoben, Rachael Collins, Steve Fleming, Jackie Saunders, Susan Herron, Mary Todd Beam, Marni Marie, Myrna Wacknov, Carrie Burns Brown, Frederick Graff, John Salminen, Carla O’Connor, Marsha Staiger, Linda Baker, Pat Dews, Joan Fullerton and Kathleen Conover.

Kay’s works have been accepted in Maryland, the District of Columbia, Pennsylvania, and Virginia. Her recent awards include:

Best in Show – The Hill Center Galleries/Capitol Hill Art League show January 2014, 2015, and 2016, 2018
Second Place in Abstracts – The Montgomery Art Association Kensington Show, September 2015 and The Springfield Art Guild’s Art in the Park, August 2015 Honorable Mention, Baltimore Watercolor Society at Glenview Mansion, January 2016
The Evelyn Turner Memorial Award for Best Abstraction – The Art League of Alexandria, March 2016
Honorable Mention, Potomac Valley Watercolorists Show at Green Springs Gardens, May 2017
Honorable Mention, The Hill Center Regional Show, May 2017
Honorable Mention PVW at the Green Spring Gardens, April 2017, and Ernst Center August 2017 Best in Show,
The Hill Center Galleries/Capitol Hill Art League Show Best in Show, January 2016, 2018
Honorable Mention Maryland Federation of Art Fall Members Show, 2018
Second Place, Baltimore Watercolor Society exhibit at Howard County Conservancy, 2018
Honorable Mention, Capitol Hill Art League’s Home Exhibit 2019
Honorable Mention, Maryland Federation of Art Binary-Non Binary Exhibit 2020:

Website:
Kay Fuller Art

Contact Kay for any purchase inquiries:
[email protected]
202-999-9093

Scroll down to see a few selected pieces of Kay’s work along with the details for each piece. 

(From Left to Right)

 

Balancing Act
Acrylic
28”x36”
$575

Intuitive Spirit
Acrylic
20”x30”
$375

Build Bridges Not Walls (featured in the Arts Council BWI exhibit “All Things in Small & Big”)
Acrylic on Paper
16″x20″
$400

Journey (featured in the Arts Council What’s Up? Media exhibit “Bright as Day, Dark as Night”)
Acrylic on Paper
29″x37″
$500

Sacre Bleu (featured in the Arts Council AAMC exhibit “Shapes & Patterns”)
Watercolor on Yupo
27″x21″
$375

Spring Explosion (featured in the Arts Council What’s Up? Media exhibit “Bright Colors of Spring”)
Acrylic on Paper
30″x20″
$375

Featured AAC Artist Series: John O’Neill

The Arts Council Virtual Art Gallery Series Featuring AAC Artist: John O’Neill

John L. O’Neill
A life-long Maryland resident John O’Neill is a professional artist whose art explores our State’s reputation as “America in Miniature”. He also has traveled the eastern seaboard to explore the tidewater beauty of our surrounding states.

His work has been displayed in multiple exhibits at BWI- Thurgood Marshall Airport, Anne Arundel Medical Center, and other area group shows in the Annapolis area. One man shows include the Maritime Museum in Annapolis, 49 West gallery- Annapolis, the Main and Market- Annapolis , the Sir Walter Raleigh Inn-Greenbelt and the Federal Courthouse Atrium in Greenbelt, MD. “Stay the Course”, a painting of Spinnakers on the Severn was selected as the Hospice Cup Regatta’s signature piece and was auctioned off at the shore party. Another piece, “Cherry Blossom Madness” was used as the signature piece for the “What’s Up? Media” show for the “Colors of spring” exhibit.

A graduate of Maryland Institute College of Art with a Major in Art Education and a minor in Fine Arts, his prior education included St. Edward’s and Loyola High School. Throughout those early years, to the dismay of the nuns, priests and parents, John loved to draw. Nobody recognized that this hobby would become his life’s work. After high school, he tried a variety of jobs that could use his artistic abilities. Such as the Baltimore Sun Papers, Department stores and Advertising agencies. In his mid- 20s, he enrolled at MICA taking on a full- time class load and working nights in a coffee plant to support his young family. John never wavered in his decision to attend MICA. He loved it.

On receipt of a BFA degree he became an art teacher in Baltimore County and A. A. County.
During this period, John managed to pursue his post graduate work and received a Master’s Equivalency from Trinity College, Anne Arundel County Workshops and MICA.

Forever restless, he left teaching to start a graphic design/arts business. During this period there were many massive artistic challenges for a wide variety of clients. To be as brief as possible…Hand Lettering on everything, Screen Printing, Murals, Illustrations, Graphic Design for anything that went to print.

He joyfully returned to teaching in 1988. For 20 years he was Art Department Chair and teacher at Meade High School, which afforded him the chance to concentrate on his love of the Fine Arts.

Despite the demands of teaching and chairmanship, he received his certification in the National AP Studio Art Program. John was also invited to attend The School of The Art Institute of Chicago’s Teacher Institute in Contemporary Art, which awarded a Certificate for 60 hours of studio, research and lecture.

Retired from teaching, John continues to pursue his art. Producing landscapes, portraits, still life paintings and drawings. Two years ago, he finished designing, illustrating and directing the publication of a book for children called “How to be a Hero From A to Z”. Available at Amazon.

Website:
John O’Neill Fine Art

Contact John for any purchase inquiries:
[email protected]

Scroll down to see a few selected pieces of John’s work along with the details for each piece. 

(From Left to Right)

Hibiscus Colors
Oil on Canvas
24”x30”
$500

Work Boats at Kent Narrows
Oil on Canvas
24”x30”
$650

We Got Your Back, Kid (featured in the Arts Council BWI exhibit “All Things in Small & Big”)
Oil on Canvas
40″x30″
$700

November Sky (featured in the Arts Council What’s Up? Media exhibit “Bright as Day, Dark as Night”)
Oil on Canvas
40″x30″
$850

Waterman’s Necessities (featured in the Arts Council What’s Up? Media exhibit “Bright as Day, Dark as Night”)
Oil on Canvas
20″x16″
$300

Cherry Blossom Madness (featured in the What’s Up? Media exhibit “Bright Colors of Spring”)
Oil on Canvas
30″x24″
$700

Featured AAC Artist Series: Janice Hendra

The Arts Council Virtual Art Gallery Series Featuring AAC Artist: Janice Hendra

Growing up in Detroit I attended select art classes at the Detroit Institute of Arts throughout high school. Every Saturday the DIA was my playground and being surrounded by Diego Rivera murals and European masterworks instilled admiration and reverence for painting and painters. Being able to touch a brush to canvas and create an image that expresses a reality or a feeling that comes from within is a remarkable talent.

I attended Michigan State University and received a BA in Fine Arts and Art History in 1972. I worked as a studio potter for 8 years, but in 1980 my life took a sharp turn when I discovered that computers fascinated me and I became a programmer. For the next 30 years, as a systems analyst, my creative outlet was designing technology solutions.

Now, retired I have immersed myself fully in the visual arts and painting.

As to my style, I have yet to develop one, there are just too many materials to experiment with and too many ideas floating around in my head to settle on one style. I create using realism, abstraction, or a combination of both and use materials and methods that are both traditional and experimental. I love being able freely get wrapped up in whatever visual exercise presents itself.

I have exhibited with the Baltimore Watercolor Society, the Annapolis Watercolor Club, West River Artists, the Arts Council of Anne Arundel County and at Gallery 564 in Severna Park.

Website:
Janice Hendra

Contact Janice for any purchase inquiries:
[email protected]

Scroll down to see a few selected pieces of Janice’s work along with the details for each piece. 

(From Left to Right)

Nigel Takes the Measure, While Enid Has Tea
Watercolor and Gouache
32″x26″
$400

Little Max
Watercolor
12″x16″
NFS (available for commissions)

Medical Mandala (featured in the Arts Council AAMC exhibit “Shapes & Patterns”)
Watercolor
26″x32″
$400

A Wave of Color (featured in the Arts Council BWI exhibit “Colors of the World”)
Watercolor
26″x32″
$400

Swirl (featured in the Arts Council BWI exhibit “Movement”)
Watercolor
26″x32″
$400

We Will Find A Way (featured and one of the winners of the Best of Show in the Arts Council What’s Up? Media exhibit “New Hope”)
Watercolor and Gouache
26″x32″
$400

Featured AAC Artist Series: Bob Peterson

The Arts Council Virtual Art Gallery Series Featuring AAC Artist: Bob Peterson

Bob Peterson Biography
I started in photography in high school and was active with both 35mm and medium format cameras. I did weddings and a lot of travel photography and had my own darkroom, to include color printing. However, as my kids started growing up and I got busy with work, I slipped back to using point and shoot cameras for many years, to include my first few digital cameras. I got back into photography about seven years ago and am primarily shooting landscapes, architecture, and nature photography. I am a volunteer photographer for Historic London Town and Gardens. My photographs are featured in the Annapolis Visitor’s Center on West Street, in numerous advertisements for Visit Annapolis, in the lobby of the Clantenoff Pavilion at the Anne Arundel Medical Center, on the cover of the 2015 and 2020 Annapolis Visitor’s Guide, and on the cover of the December 2014 edition of Chesapeake Bay Magazine. I am a board member of the Maryland Federation of Art, have exhibited in numerous juried shows at the Circle Gallery and other venues, and am an active member of the Digital Photography Club of Annapolis. I also do a lot of Naval Academy photography in my role as a sponsor of Midshipmen.
Originally from Pennsylvania, I currently reside in Annapolis with my wife Ruth.

Website:
Bob Peterson Photography

Social Media:
Facebook
Instagram

Contact Bob for any purchase inquiries:
[email protected]

Scroll down to see a few selected pieces of Bob’s work along with the details for each piece. 

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Little Flower Shop (featured in the Arts Council BWI exhibit “All Things in Small & Big”)
Archival Digital Print
24″x18″
$150

Viaduct (featured in the Arts Council AAMC exhibit “Shapes & Patterns”)
Archival Digital Print
24″x18″
$150

Naval Academy Chapel (featured in the Arts Council What’s Up? Media exhibit “Bright Colors of Spring”)
Archival Digital Print
22″x18″

Owl Butterfly (featured in the Arts Council AAMC exhibit “Wonders of Nature”)
Archival Digital Print
22″x18″
$100

Night on the Beach (featured in the Arts Council BWI exhibit “Colors of the World”)
Archival Digital Print
24″x18″
$150

Gettysburg Farm (featured in the Arts Council What’s Up? Media exhibit “Artists Favorites”)
Digital photograph on canvas
19″x13″
$125

Featured AAC Artist Series: Carolyn Councell

The Arts Council Virtual Art Gallery Series Featuring AAC Artist: Carolyn Councell

Carolyn is a graduate of the Maryland Institute College of Art and has had experience in commercial art, teaching, and fine art. She is a member of several art associations, including signature membership in MPSGS ,The Baltimore Watercolor Society and is a member of the Annapolis Watercolor Club. She is also a member of, Annapolis Art Alliance, The Chesapeake Show, and MFA, Annapolis.MD. She has exhibited extensively in each of these venues as well as in other galleries in these regions.

Carolyn has received numerous awards: most recently ” Peoples Choice” at the Annapolis Maritime Museum;
First Prize in the Baltimore Watercolor Society Anniversary show;
Honorable Mention at the Annapolis Watercolor Club exhibit at Quiet Waters Park in Annapolis
First Prize at the Annapolis Watercolor Club exhibit at Maryland Hall in Annapolis.
She has won Equal awards and Honorable Mention awards at The Art League in Alexandria, VA.
Hospice Cup poster award, 2017
Best in Show award, Benfield Gallery, Erica Walsh show, 2017
Second place mixed media in MPSGS Strathmore Hall, Rockville MD 2018
First place BWS exhibit, Irvine Nature Center, Reisterstown, MD 2019

Carolyn’s styles range from realism to abstract, and she usually combines both approaches in her paintings. Subject matter includes people, landscapes, seascapes, and flowers. Her preferred media includes watercolor, acrylic, mixed media, and oil.

About her work she says “I try not to set boundaries in painting, leaving the door open to inspiration which can come from various experiences. I feel each painting has a life of its own, and attempt to go with what each one suggests to me, such as mood, color, composition, balance, and all of the elements of art. I let the painting “speak to me”. By continually growing as an artist I feel there are no limitations to what can be achieved in the world of Art.”

YouTube:
Carolyn’s Studio Tour

Contact Carolyn for any purchase inquiries:
[email protected]

Scroll down to see a few selected pieces of Carolyn’s work along with the details for each piece. 

(From Left to Right)

Barnyard Buddies
Watercolor
27”x 32″

Petunias in Bloom
Watercolor
11”x14″

Through the Mist
Oil
24”x30″

Bubbles in the Breeze
Oil
10”x10″

City Lights (featured in the What’s Up? Media exhibit “Bright as Day, Dark as Night”)
Mixed Media
18″x24″
$400

Sail Patterns (featured in the Arts Council AAMC exhibit “Shapes & Patterns”)
Watercolor
23″x31″
$400

 

Featured AAC Artist Series: Angie O’Neal

The Arts Council Virtual Art Gallery Series Featuring AAC Artist: Angie O’Neal

Angie O’Neal is a contemporary visual artist who is a long time Maryland resident. She is a native Washingtonian, whose style is to use color to express boldness and realism. Her goal is to captivate and engage her audience with vivid colors and to inspire all with creativity through visual communication.

She views painting as a means of expression. According to Angie, painting is relaxing, rewarding and an awesome thing to do in her spare time, sharing her gift. Painting and drawing is something that she has been doing for as long as she can remember, a talent and passion that never fades.

Angie uses many different mediums, such as watercolor, acrylic, pencil, oil and pastel, as she finds that working in a single medium is restrictive to the creative process. Angie is inspired by taking a blank canvas and bringing it to life. Through her paintings, she is a visual story teller, she invites you to join her on her creative journey.

Angie’s art related passion is to develop a program called “Paint to Remember”. She plans to establish visual art sessions for participants experiencing Alzheimer’s and dementia. Researchers have found that art can be used to give the patient a means of self-expression when verbal skills fail. She is interested in starting the conversation with local Senior Citizen Centers and seeking sponsors to explode this venture.
Angie studied visual arts and photograph at the Duke Ellington School of the Arts in Washington, D.C. and at the Corcoran Institute of Art; UMGC Liberal Arts.

Created the GoFundMe to help the Seniors
Grandmas Helping Hands Covid-19 organized by Caregivers Like Us

Website:
Artist AngieO

Instagram:
Artist AngieO

Scroll down to see a few selected pieces of Angie’s work along with the details for each piece. 

(From Left to Right)

Backstage
30”X46”
$500

The Road Less Traveled
24”X30”
$650

Brown (featured in the Arts Council What’s Up? Media exhibit “Artists Favorites”)
Acrylic
36″x48″
$500

Queen of Soul (featured in the Arts Council BWI exhibit “Methods of Transport”)
Graphite – PEN & INK
36″x40″
$800

Mama and Cub (featured in the Arts Council BWI exhibit “All Things in Small & Big”)
MIXACRYLIC/AIR BRUSH/PEN
36″x40″
$1,000

Little Girl looking up to greatness (featured in the Arts Council BWI exhibit “All Things in Small & Big”)
Acrylic
36″x40″
$1,000

Featured AAC Artist Series: Sheila Guevin

The Arts Council Virtual Art Gallery Series Featuring AAC Artist: Sheila Guevin

Guevin is known as an avant-garde and fine art portrait photographer.

Founder of the Photo Society MD/VA/DC with pages on Facebook and Meetup.com
She is a member of Maryland Federation of Art (mdfedart.com), Arts Council of Anne Arundel County (acaac.org), and Bay Country Artists Guild. She exhibits with all three in juried and non-juried shows.

Guevin is a Canon Professional photographer.

You can reach her through her web-site:
SheilaGuevin

Scroll down to see a few selected pieces of Sheila’s work along with the details for each piece. 

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Very Green (Part of a full exhibit series titled “The Second Fall of Man”)
Photograph
Available for sale in various sizes

Sunshine on a Cloudy Day (Part of a full exhibit series on the impact of COVID-19 to modern life)
Photograph
Framed into a black open box and is 9X12 only
Available for sale

Losing His Marbles (Part of a full exhibit series on the impact of COVID-19 to modern life)
Photograph
Available for sale in various sizes

Reuse, Recycle, Repurpose – The small things we do, to make a big impact (featured in the Arts Council BWI exhibit “All Things in Small & Big”)
Archival Digital Photo on Metallic Paper
24″ x 30″
$300

Dreams in the Night (featured in the Arts Council What’s Up? Media exhibit “New Hope”)
Archival Digital Photograph
20″ x 24″
$325

Joy (featured in the Arts Council BWI exhibit “Movement”)
Photograph
18″ x 22″
Not for Sale

Featured AAC Artist Series: Anita Ewing

The Arts Council Virtual Art Gallery Series Featuring AAC Artist: Anita Ewing

Before my senior year in high school, I was faced with the choice of whether to take a 4th year of math, or another art class. I loved both, so I ran to my art teacher for advice. She wisely suggested I take the 4th year of math. That turned out to be sage advice. I retired 9 years ago from ARINC in Annapolis after 24 years in Software Development. Now that I am retired from the path that the 4th year of math set me on, I’ve returned to that decision and made the other one.
Making art is always the most exciting for me when it begins with a bit of chaos. I often start a painting with an abstract monoprint, a layer of flowing watercolors, or some texture created with stencils and stamps. Then I let the painting suggest to me how it will evolve.
In watercolor there is always an element of surprise, of chance. The colors blend on the paper; the paints flow. I am always exploring other media, but so far, watercolor is still the medium that takes my breath away.
I am a member of the Muddy Creek Artist Guild, Annapolis Arts Alliance, the West River Artists, and the Annapolis Watercolor Club. I have exhibited paintings with all of these groups around Anne Arundel County. The teachers who have recently influenced my art work include Carol Barnes, Kathleen Conover, Mark Mahaffey, and Joan Bell, the founder of the West River Artists group. I am currently the president of the Muddy Creek Artist Guild.
In addition to painting, I teach Pilates classes at Chesapeake Pilates Center.

WEBSITE:
Anita Ewing Watercolors

Contact Anita for any purchase inquiries:
 [email protected]

Scroll down to see a few selected pieces of Anita’s work along with the details for each piece. 

(From Left to Right)

 

Three Fluffy Sheep
Watercolor
27”x33”
$400

Fandango
Watercolor
22”x18”
$300

Through a Window Brightly (featured in the Arts Council AAMC exhibit “Shapes & Patterns”)
Watercolor
33″x27″
$400

Waves (featured in the Arts Council BWI exhibit “Movement”)
Watercolor
33″x27″
$500

I Spy (featured in the Arts Council BWI exhibit “Space & Place”)
Watermedia
33″x27″
$400

Shell Dreams (featured in the Arts Council What’s Up? Media exhibit “The Ordinary”)
Gouache
27”X33”
Not For Sale

Featured AAC Artist Series: Laura Laird

The Arts Council Virtual Art Gallery Series Featuring AAC Artist: Laura Laird

Laura Laird is a magazine collage artist originally from Riverdale, Maryland. She currently resides in Pasadena, Maryland with her husband, their son, and their rescued dogs, Penny & Sunshine. Laura holds an Associate of Arts degree in graphic design from Anne Arundel Community College. Her collage work has been shown in several juried exhibitions in the Mid-Atlantic region.

The inspiration for my artwork comes from nature. Everything about the natural world-the sights, sounds, smells, and textures-stirs me
to create. I am especially attracted towards the sea. Through my collages, I am transported back to the calm gulf shores of Sanibel Island, the pink sands of Bermuda, the familiar waters of the Chesapeake Bay, and various other coastal towns I have explored.

Having worked in various mediums since childhood, I finally found my voice in magazine collage. A 16 x 20 inch collage takes approximately 30-40+ hours to create. First, I choose the subject for a piece, often using my original photographs as inspiration. After that, I do a pencil sketch on canvas board. The next step is to decide on a color palette, and comb through stacks of magazines to find the colors, shades, and patterns I need. Then I start cutting and gluing, overlapping and layering as I go. There is always a point in the process where the piece seems to take over and it guides me where to go from there.

SOCIAL MEDIA:
Facebook

WEBSITES:
Etsy 
Lauralairdartist

Contact Laura for any purchase inquiries:
[email protected]

Scroll down to see a few selected pieces of Laura’s work along with the details for each piece. 

(From Left to Right)

Look closer. It’s not paint.

Old Bay
Magazine collage
14”X18”
Not for Sale

Sanibel Sunrise
Magazine collage
16”x20”
Not For Sale

Superstition Mountain
Magazine collage
11”X14”
Not For Sale

Baby Loggerhead
Magazine collage
11”X14”
Not For Sale

Evinrude (Dragonfly)
Magazine collage
11”X14”
$400

Semper Fi (featured in the Arts Council What’s Up? Media exhibit “Bright as Day, Dark as Night”)
Magazine collage
14″ x 11″
Not for Sale

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