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Artists & Artisans - A Walk Through Patsel's Artwork

You can't miss Patsel's from the road! The stop-in-your-tracks yellow and green exterior, that bold and beautiful Patsel's sign and a sweep of glorious landscaping all foretell an aesthetic experience.

You've parked your car and as you approach the port-cochere, the exterior paint colors jolt you alive - hot pink entry doors, made hotter by a cool mint frame, heightened by deep spruce green trim, classy brass hardware - all set against that Patsel's yellow. The interior can only be wonderful.

And wonderful it is! Pat and John have assembled artwork of the area's finest professional artists and provided them with a setting of extraordinary beauty that you are sure to enjoy!

Owners Pat and John Atkins

Don't just walk toward Tom Noone's custom built curly maple reservation desk. Take a moment to stop in the lobby to sit on the cunning MacKenzie Childs bench so that you can read the William Blake passage under the sill of the exceptional window trim that is found throughout Patsel's. It is characteristic of artist and master carpenter Hank Fells' sense of humor to put an important caption where it can't be seen. Look for more Fells trickery in the triple window in the Lounge.

Curley Maple Desk by Tom Noone

Hank's fertile talent is present everywhere: all the Frog Princes in the keystones of each window trim; the illuminated panels behind the bar and the bar itself with its eight delicately painted flower panels; all the window millwork design, building, carving and painting; the massive octagonal columns in the main dining room their bountiful metal leaf fruit capitals as well as the line of delicate ceiling lights in the bar and lounge area. He carved and illuminated the 24-karat fiber optic Patsel's sign from a logo designed by Ellen Beechko of Apricot Studio. Drive by slowly at night so that you can watch its colors change.

One of many window treatments by Hank Fells

Dominating the reception area is the magnificent, intricate floor to ceiling raku mural, Saturday in the Park, whose floating birds appear to seek a place to light. It is Bill Tersteeg's work, at the top of his form, drawing you into the warmth and camaraderie of a Mediterranean village plaza.


Detail of "Saturday in the Park" by Bill Tersteeg

To the left of the reception desk, Bill Chickillo offers Bald Mountain, the first of three intimate watercolors of his favorite views. As you enter the Main Dining Room you will see, on your left, Mr. Chickillo's Viaduct at Falls, the bridge in deep shadow behind a tangle of fall branches. On the far wall of the room hangs his third piece, a tiny painting, a gentle toss of clouds and trees.


"Viaduct at Falls" by Bill Chickillo

Still in the Lounge area, look for Karl Neuroth's large paired acrylic on wood paintings. Recent experience in Spain influenced these exuberant interpretations of stylized food and plate settings - wiggly silverware and gyrating vessels, barely contained within their disguised frames. Madrid is in the Lounge and Tapas 1 is on the left wall near the Main Dining Room.

Detail of "Madrid" by Karl O. Neuroth

Once inside the Main Dining Room, to your right, flanking the windows which face the parking area, hang Reneé Emanuel's lush coordinated acrylic paintings of fruit and flowers. First, the muted Still Life with Spirit Basket with gerbera daisies, green apples and Chinese lanterns. Then to the left, you see the brilliant setting of Still Life with Daffodils and Asian Pears with forsythia and oranges.


"Still Life with Spirit Basket" by Reneé Emanuel

Around the corner, Brian Keeler's complex composition creates the feel of incipient motion in his tawney-toned Philadelphia Bicyclists, an artfully drawn oil on linen with clean color, magical patterns of bicycle wheels and active shadows of cyclists and bikes made more dramatic drawn from a lowered perspective.


"Philadelphia Bicyclists" by Brian Keeler

Walking past the windows which look out on the patio and gardens, on the left, Abby Warman's painting of rich tiger lilies with shadows of many hues of red-violet and swirling flower buds lights up the corner. The static vessels and pear in the lower corner slow the action.

"?" by Abby Warman

Along the entire left wall, Pat DiVirgilis has painted both sides of twelve folding paneled doors which open to the Private Dining Room. Pat has used variant on the frog theme which recurs throughout Patsel's. Frog forms metamorphose into urns and spectral colors stand out against the yellow background. Pat also painted The Tree of Life in the far corner of Patsel's Too.

"Tree of Life" wall mural by Pat DiVirgilis

Enter the Private Dining Room. Along the length of the long alcove, Peg McDade presents Patsel's reigning amphibian a spot to take a break in a three-section fantasy wetland of lily pads, marsh flowers and vines. The Sovereign Rests is a multi-level, applique handweaving with machine embroidery in strong forms and hues to compete successfully with the wall tone.

Section of "The Sovereign Rests" by Peg McDade

Returning to the main entry area, don't miss the deep pink Coat Room whose tiled vault can't resist floating away into the sky. Pat and John bought the massive arch at auction and found a way to incorporate it into the building. Hank painted the curved ceiling to suggest light and airiness.

Leaving the Coat Room, turn right toward the rest rooms. Rodrica Tilley has painted a make-believe July Garden with Hollyhocks and veronicas and lilies. Carefully drawn and meticulously painted watercolors and pastels are Rodrica's way of making "perfect" gardens where pets, pests and the elements don't stand a chance.


"July Garden with Hollyhocks" 
by Rodrica Tilley

Our tour rounds out in the Men's Restroom with Michael Gilmartin's floating hot air balloons over a bold colored chalk and gouache landscape of burnt orange, emerald and indigo, effectively complementing the deep eggplant wall treatment. The frame design echoes the pattern of the floor tile.

" ? " by Michael Gilmartin


Oh, why the frogs? Pat mentioned once she loved frogs. And this little bathing beauty points the way to the
ladies room.


by Hank Fells


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