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Artist Spotlight: Christian Potter Drury

painter of the natural world and its unseen details

 

 

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We were honored to feature Christian Pottery Drury’s inspiring work at our Gallery Open House in August.  Here’s a snapshot of Christian and a preview of the pieces currently hanging in our gallery. If you’re a local, please stop by to view in person…

Christian Potter Drury comes from a long line of artists. Her relative Allyn Cox spent two decades painting the murals in the Capital rotunda in Washington, DC, and her father was the art book publisher Clarkson N. Potter. Christian spent her childhood in New York City and London and summered in Jamestown, Rhode Island, where she now resides.

Drury trained at London’s Sir John Cass School of Art and at SUNY before embarking on a long and successful career as an Art Director at newspapers, notably the The Los Angeles Times, and most recently the Wall Street Journal.

Christian has drawn and painted since she was 13. Two years ago she returned to painting full time.  We’re so fortunate she did.

Enjoy and be inspired, as we are everyday as we take in the subtleties and messaging in her work.

Only the best,

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Christian Potter Drury – In the Deep Dark Forest You Will See a Golden Light – Acrylic, Pencil, Watercolor, Varnish – 30 x 30 inches

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Christian Potter Drury – en famille – Acrylic, Collage, Pastel, Ink, Watercolor, Varnish – 16 x 20 inches

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Christian Potter Drury – Buds – Watercolor, Acrylic, India Ink, Collage, Varnish – 8 x 8 inches

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Christian Potter Drury – Opera Coat for David Lynch – Gouache, Acrylic, Pencil, Collage, Varnish on 100% Cotton Arches Paper; 300 lb – 36 x 30 inches

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Christian Potter Drury – Rogue Wave – Acrylic, Collage, Pencil, Varnish – 16 x 16 inches

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Christian Potter Drury – High Tide – Acrylic, Pastel, Pencil, Varnish – 24 x 24 inches

 

 

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Christian Potter Drury – Tulipus (sp.) Margarettas – Acrylic, Pen, Watercolor and Pencil – 30 x 30 inches

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Christian Drury – Mount Wilson – Gouache, Watercolor, Pastel Collage – 24 x 30 inches

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Christian at an Open Gallery Night this past August with her piece Tulips (sp.) Margaritas

Artist Spotlight: The Fab Five

new show opens August 11th and features the work of five fabulous women

Our final show of the summer season opens August 11th and we’re brimming over with work from five fabulous and innovative women.  Join us Thursday night, August 11th to experience truly outstanding works of art, from these exceptional women — Kelly Jo Shows with her eclectic series “Portrait of an Artist”, local mixed-media artist Christian Potter DruryKaren Murphy and her oil seascapes and our longstanding favorites Dora Atwater Millikin and Kelly Milukas.  Read on for a sampling of their work and stop by Thursday evening, August 11th and throughout August to be inspired.

See you soon at the gallery at taste.

Only the best,

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P.S.  In other exciting news, we’ve added a gallery of artists and their work to our website! Click or stop by to view our artists’ pieces on-line, or in person at 17 Narragansett Ave.

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Open Gallery Night, May 26th, 5 – 8 pm

Memorial Day is just a week away!  To kick-off the summer, the gallery at taste will host monthly Open Gallery Nights beginning next Thursday, 5/26 from 5pm – 8pm.

Next week we will feature three artists in collaboration with Candita Clayton Gallery.  Like me, Candita is dedicated to discovering and promoting both emerging and mid-to-late-career artists from Rhode Island, and believes that art should – and can – be accessible to everyone.

This month’s featured artists are Jenny Brown of Rhode Island, Estelle Chojnicki of Rhode Island and Rebecca Mickelburgh of the United Kingdom. We’ll have select pieces on display in our gallery.

Mark  your calendars for Thursday’s Open Gallery Night. If you can’t make it next Thursday, stop in Monday – Friday from 9-5 and Thursday & Friday nights from 5-8 throughout the summer.

Only the best,

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Jenny Brown is an artist living and working in Providence, RI, whose primary mediums are drawing, collage and works on found paper. Her work brings to life a mythical world of sea creatures and forests, realized through her love of paper ephemera. Jenny studied art at Bennington College and received her MFA from School of Visual Arts. Recent shows include “Here” at Lore Collection in Providence, RI, and the Silpe Gallery at the Hartford School of Art in Hartford, Connecticut.

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Sea Peach by Jenny Brown

 

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Having art in her blood from her name sake Grandmother, Estelle had always dabbled in art. Attending Munson Williams Institute for the summers while residing with her Aunt in Utica, New York, many exclaimed that she should be an artist. Throughout several moves and raising her children, her art has been an outlet to express that which lies within. The colors of her paintings are drawn from the memories of the corn fields, the fall of the autumn leaves, and the harsh winters of Central New York. While the energy comes forth from her travels from New York to Paris, from East coast to West coast, and points in between. The canvas remains the outlet of her abstract expressionism and up to the interpretation and the imagination of the viewer to enjoy.

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Prairie by Estelle Chojnicki

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Rebecca was brought up in the Kent countryside from a young age and has been inspired by her natural surrounding and animals and wildlife in general.  Her palette knife paintings come from enjoying the odd gin while painting, and a unique ability to paint vibrant colourful paintings while maintaining the form and integrity of her chose subject. Rebecca studied Art at Kent Institute of Art and Design and went on to achieve a BA with Honours at the University of the Arts London (Formerly Chelsea College of Art and Design)  She paints professionally from her Studio in the beautiful Scottish Borders, and exhibits across the UK and America.

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Leviticus by Rebecca Mickleburgh

Artist Spotlight: Meet Vanessa Piche

Oil Paintings for the Coastal Home

 

As daylight continues to extend into the evening hours, my thoughts have turned toward last summer’s monthly open houses and the cheerful conversations and laughter shared by all who visited. Not only did we enjoy hosting pleasant company and showing off our new space, local artists featured on our gallery walls joined in on the festivities.

With a lovely time had by all, I’ve decided to continue with Open Gallery/Studio nights this summer. Look for upcoming dates, beginning Thursday evening, May 26th, just before Memorial Day Weekend.

Our July Open Gallery/Studio night will feature the talented Vanessa Piche of North Kingstown. Her coastal landscapes provide a calming essence and a warm quality to our gallery vignettes and would be the perfect addition to private collections. Below, find a sampling of Vanessa’s pieces the gallery at taste will be showcasing.

In other exciting news, we’ve added a gallery of artists and their work to our website! Click or stop by to view our artists’ pieces on-line or in person at 17 Narragansett Ave.

Only the best,

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Vanessa Piche

 

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“Each painting is a conscious creation that feeds my soul. Paint on the brush and strokes on a canvas are just as important to me as air in my lungs and water to drink. The creation process is like planting a seed…something beautiufl grows out of your initial inspiration that makes people stop, look and connect with the world around them.”

 

Vanessa is a passionate Plein Air artist who captures her emotional response to the world around her. Citing “nature as her temple” and painting as a “self reflective practice,” she sees each painting as a conscious creation that feeds her soul. Vanessa competes in nationally recognized Plein Air competitions around the United States and her paintings are in private collections around the world. In 2015 she won the Making Waves Volvo Ocean Race Art Competition and was the 2015 U.S. Artist for Volvo Ocean Race. She spends most of her time painting in New England, Maryland, and Indiana. Vanessa resides in North Kingstown RI with her husband and daughter.

 

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Vanessa Piche – Before Sunset – Oil on Panel – 11 x 14 inches

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Vanessa Piche – Morning Autumn Ranch – Oil on Canvas – 24 x 12 inches

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Vanessa Piche – Quiet Marsh – Oil on Panel – 8 x 10 inches

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Vanessa Piche – Galillee Wharf – Oil on Panel – 8 x 10 inches

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Consider Art this Giving Season

original art is a thoughtful holiday gift that gives and gives back, all year long

 

As you’re finishing your holiday shopping, consider giving a small work of original art. A petite piece of art comes with endless possibilities for incorporating into a home, presenting a low-pressure way for the recipient to enjoy your gift. Small works can fill a tiny wall in a vestibule, be combined with other pieces in a gallery-style art wall or even sit on a shelf to accent books and treasures. Current small pieces in the gallery at taste follow below. Call or stop by to see these in person and consider the giving possibilities, or even the possibility of a gift to yourself this holiday season.

 

All the best,

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068---milikin---returning---12-x-12-in---oil-on-panel---1500This Dora Atwater Millikin piece comes framed in her signature unfinished wood surround.  

It’s perfect for the coastal home or a young sailor’s room.

Dora Atwater Millikin – “Returning” – 12 x 12 inches – oil on panel

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These teeny works by Jessica Pisano are perfect by themselves, or grouped in a grid on a wall.

Jessica Pisano – Oil & Gold Leaf on Panel – 6 x 6 inches each

(Top)  “Water’s Edge #33”  & “Water’s Edge #34”

(Bottom) “Water’s Edge #36” & “Water’s Edge #37”

Evelyn Rhodes - Beavertail Surf, West Passage - 8in x 10in framed RCVD 6.11.15 BThis classic coastal oil by Evelyn Rhodes would look stunning on a richly painted wall or hung on the face of a bookshelf.

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This exclusive giclee of a timeless oil by Evelyn makes a thoughtful gift for the budding or accomplished birder in the family.

Evelyn’s  Rhodes – “Crow in Snow” – 14 x 11 inches – Giclee Reproduction Framed at 17.75 x 14.75 inches

075A Peter Roux - Southern Coast no 2 - 24 x 24 - oil on canvas - 2750Peter Roux’s surreal landscapes are poignant by themselves, or grouped as a diptych.

Peter Roux – “Southern Coast  #2” – 24 x 24 inches – Oil on Canvas

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Barbara Owen’s works on paper are a gift of energy and happiness.  Each comes framed and provides the perfect infusion of color to a room.

Barbara Owen – “Layered Abstraction (Bubble)” – Acrylic & Ink on Cut Paper – 24 x 18 inches

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Susan Strauss’s coastal landscape is a composition that instantly draws you to that familiar place on the beach where worries and stress are far, far away.

Susan Strauss – “Early July” – 14 x 11 inches – Oil on Panel

Susan’s wooded landscape is a lovely reminder that Spring and Summer return, every year.

Susan Strauss – “Entrance” – 12 x 16 inches – Oil on Panel

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Susan’s watery and shimmery “Promising” is painted on an 1 1/2″ thick board, so beautifully stands on a shelf or a console table to complete a composition of objects.

Susan Strauss – “Promising” – 12 x 12 inches – Acrylic on Panel

taste interior design new england rhode island boston susan strauss artist galleryThese oils by Susan have wonderful texture and depth and would be stunning paired side by side or one over the other, providing flexible hanging options.

 Susan Strauss – “Closer” & “Seeing Into” – 12 x 12 inches each – Oil on Panel

Susan’s study of local bridges would be the perfect gift for anyone who appreciates these engineering works of art we travel on every day.

Susan Strauss – “Blue Bridge” – 8 x 10 inches – Oil on Panel

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Susan Strauss – “Long Swim” – 18 x 18 inches – Oil on Panel

Windows, 16 x 16 Kelly MilukasKelly’s tactile encaustic works come framed and ready to add vibrancy and texture to any wall.

Kelly Milukas – “Windows” – 16 x 16 inches – Encasutic Painting in Custom Hardwood Frame

060- A Milukas - Tree Chatter - 9 x 21 - Pastel, Float Maple Frame, Museum Glass - 1200These framed pastels by Kelly are just 8″ and 9″ wide and therefore able to perfectly punctuate one of those slivers of space we all have in our homes.

Kelly Milukas – “Tree Chatter” – 9 x 21 inches – Pastel, Float Maple Frame, Museum Glass

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046A - Milukas -Orange City - 8 x 8 - Encaustic Painting in Custom Ash Frame - 695Kelly’s framed encaustics stand on their own or can be paired together for an always needed dose of color.

Kelly Milukas – “Orange City” – 8 x 8 inches – Encaustic Painting in Custom Ash Frame

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Kelly Milukas – “Float” & “Beach” 8 x 8 inches each – Encaustic Paintings in Custom Ash Frames

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Kelly’s seaside pastel offers so many shades of watery blue and earthy sand it can find a special spot in just about any coastal home.

Kelly Milukas – “Sand and Structure” – 10 x 19 inches – Pastel, Custom Float Maple Frame, Museum Glass

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Michael Rich – “Sky I” – 12 x 15 inches – Oil on Panel

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Michael Rich “Sky II” – 12 x 15 inches – Oil on Panel

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Michael Rich – “Breathe” – 26 x 22 inches – Oil on Canvas

 

Dora Atwater Millikin at Taste

During the past several years I’ve had the pleasure of introducing and placing Dora Atwater Millikin’s work at my client’s homes.  (If you’re a client, you’re probably shaking your head in agreement that yes, Dora’s paintings are always at the top of Patti’s recommended art list.)  Her oil paintings capture our coastal locale in an original and fresh spirit, always drawing you in and inviting you to be a part of that moment in time.

My respect and regard for Dora’s work makes happenings at the gallery at taste the past two weeks that much sweeter.  We’re proud to include Dora’s paintings on our gallery walls, further deepening our on-going support of her work.  Five exceptional pieces have arrived the past two weeks and while one has already found a home with very special clients, four others are available to see and appreciate, at taste.

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“Down To Sea” 2010

Sold to special clients in Providence.

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“Returning”

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“On Round Pond”

36 x 54 inches

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“Morning Soon Come”

36 x 54 inches

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“Campers” Diptych

30 x 48 inches

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“Confidante”

Sold, because my husband surprised me with this to celebrate our 18th anniversary this year.  I’m so lucky that I get to appreciate this every day.

Stop by or call the studio to see these exceptional pieces, or arrange for an in-home viewing. You’ll be glad you did.

All the best,

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the celebration continues!

Be there for our final summer bash: This Thursday, 5 – 8pm at taste!

 

The fun continues this Thursday evening from 5 – 8 pm at the gallery at taste. We’ve had a fantastic time the past few weeks welcoming friends, cherished clients, community members and curiosity seekers to our new space at 17 Narragansett Ave. The support has been overwhelming and we’re so grateful for all of you who have come, brought friends and even bought art! (So far, we’ve placed artwork by Kelly Milukas and Michael Rich in new client homes.)

Stop by this Thursday evening for fun and inspiration!

 

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I feel so lucky to live and work in this town.

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A trio of talent.

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Our new friend, artist Kelly Milukas.  We love her energy and her art.

Our clients do, too.  Sold: Two of Kelly’s encaustics!

polaroid 4Longstanding and ever-supportive clients Ted Sybertz and Sharon Purdie.

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Brains and beauty.

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polaroid 1I love these two. They came for a drink before dinner and had so much fun they decided to stay the evening. I think they were the last ones to leave. A fantastic testimonial of our new, welcoming space.

foodBig thanks to Mike at the Jamestown Mercantile for the creative and healthy hors d’ oeuvres.

Tasty color and texture on the taste table.

Hope to see you Thursday!

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Join Us This Thursday!

Open House, 5pm – 8pm

Our grand opening celebration of the gallery at taste and our new location at 17 Narragansett Avenue was fantastic. We kicked it off with a ribbon cutting ceremony with the Chamber of Commerce (big thanks) and welcomed clients, friends and artists throughout the evening. We had a full house, great food and wine by Grapes & Gourmet, a few speechless guests as they walked through the door and even a few tears by me when I attempted to thank my team for their endless efforts and support. Designers are allowed to be a bit emotional, right?

And…we’re doing it again this Thursday, 8/20 and next Thursday, 8/27 from 5pm – 8pm.  So if you missed last Thursday evening, don’t worry.  There are two more opportunities to celebrate with us and be inspired!

patti-watson-ribbon-cutting-at-taste-design-inc-jamestown-rhode-islandThe official ribbon cutting alongside my dear friend, Debbie Swistak.

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patti-watson-debbie-and-mike-swistak-carol-andersonCarol Anderson, Debbie and Mark Swistak, owners of the former Jamestown Designs, along with me in front of our newly restored sign marking the year of 1885 when the now restored 17 Narragansett Avenue was built.

ribbon-cutting-mergeChamber and Town Officials and team taste gather for the official ribbon cutting.

Big grins all around.

evelyn-rhodes-with-art-at-taste-grand-openingThe ever beautiful and talented Evelyn Rhodes with in front of a salon-style collage of her artwork.

patti-watson-at-taste-grand-opening-keith-kenny-and-bobbyKenny Ronchie, Bob Britton and Keith Ronchie with me as we celebrate their achievement as chief renovators and finishers of our new/old building.

The best crew, ever.

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Artist Susan Strauss and her Marin work of art gracing our walls at the gallery at taste.

patti-hanging-art-grand-openingLast minute art hanging, heels and all.

olives-and-dahliasFood and flowers by our local friends at Grapes and Gourmet and Secret Garden.

kelly-milukas-touching-her-art-with-taste-clientArtist Kelly Milukas encouraging our client to touch and feel her encaustic works.  (Charlie had a hard time believing it was ok to touch the art!).

kelly-milukas-at-taste-design-inc-grand-opening  Kelly with her encaustic works Water Study V and Water Field.

client-and-wendi-kelly-milukas-encaustic-art-at-tasteCharlie and our own Wendi Dicely Scalora zoom in for a closer look.

Hope to see you this Thursday or next at taste,

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