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Maine Cottage to host an art opening on Thurs. July 17th

| July 03, 2014, 11:15 AM | 0 Comments
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Maine Cottage, in conjunction with the Ram’s Head Tavern and the Smithsonian Environmental Research Center, welcome artist Trip Park to the Art Gallery at Maine Cottage. The event to highlight Park’s work will be open house format featuring Rams Head IPA from The Rams Head and edible creations from Bowl of Cherries on Thursday evening, July 17 from 5 – 8 PM at the Maine Cottage Flagship Store at 209 West Street in Annapolis.

Currently a North Carolina native although has lived in a number of places, Park started his career at advertising powerhouses such as Leo Burnett in Chicago and Saatchi & Saatchi in New York. While there, he helped to develop characters and animate commercials for AT&T, Nickelodean, McDonald’s and many more. More recently Trip has been busy with the CBS series “The Crazy One’s” starring Robin Williams. He illustrated the on set advertising storyboards and characters, even animating them when needed for scenes. Trip has also illustrated a number of children’s books including Gopher Up Your Sleeve, Trout Trout Trout and the 16 book series Rotten School, as well as designed characters for animated features currently in production. All the while, Trip has been nurturing his passion for fine art painting. The collection of multiple paintings that will be on display were created specifically, and exclusively, for the Maine Cottage brand. Images revolve around a coastal lifestyle and include paintings of sea inspired themes from sea life to buoys and beer bottles.

When asked what inspires him, Trip responded ”When it comes down to it, I like to do paintings for one simple reaction; a smile. I always loved creating brand logos and packaging in the ad world and that’s probably where I learned to appreciate the power of simplicity. I think that is a theme that still resonates in all my paintings.”

Maine Cottage Creative Director, Lauren Russell, said about collaborating with Trip, “On one hand Trip has a laid back southern draw, but on the other he is a whirling dervish of creativity. It’s incredibly energizing to be around him! I think Trip was drawn to Maine Cottage because it’s an emerging brand, and that feels comfortable to him. This event will be casual and coastal like the laid back lifestyle Maine Cottage promotes and honestly it’s also like Trip’s personality! Think beer out of the bottle with seafood hors d’oeuvres!”

A portion of proceeds from the evening will benefit the Smithsonian Environmental Research Center (SERC), a non-profit organization that focuses on providing science-based knowledge to meet the environmental challenges of the 21st century. SERC leads research on coastal ecosystems to inform real-world decisions for wise policies, best business practices, and a sustainable planet.

Maine Cottage® is a lifestyle brand and multi-channel retailer with an online store, direct mail catalog and Flagship Store. The Annapolis company is best known for its colorful painted furniture, signature fabric patterns, lively upholstered furniture and growing line of home accessories.

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