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Maine Cottage Hosts Art Opening

Sep 04, 2014 10:40AM ● By Becca Newell

Maine Cottage, in conjunction with the Ram’s Head Tavern and the Smithsonian Environmental Research Center, welcomed artist Trip Park to the Art Gallery at Maine Cottage in Annapolis. The event, held in July, highlighted Park’s work and featured Rams Head IPA from The Rams Head and edible creations from Bowl of Cherries.

North Carolina native, Park started his career as an Art Director at the advertising powerhouse 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 boards and designed the wild sets for the show. 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. 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.

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 benefited 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.