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Two creative women, an entrepreneur and an artist, join forces this summer to present a special solo exhibition, The way you hug the stars and the Moonat Matriark, a luxury retail center and concept store at 133 Main Street (#3302) in Sag Harbor.
Shelter Island and the work of New York artist Blair Borthwick will be on display from June 24 to August 1 at Patricia Assui Reed’s women’s-inspired store.
Blair Borthwick in Matriarch
A graduate of the Wharton School of Business with a successful career in corporate finance, Borthwick stepped back after having children and found herself on an artistic path, studying at Parsons School of Design and the Art Student’s League, and founding a jewelry business for clients. private.
Her body of work, including the Matriark pieces, brings together large-scale oil paintings, pastel drawings, and collage into brightly colored, expressive pieces that represent exploration of oneself.
Rooted in Abstract Expressionism, which is so deeply connected to the East End, the artist uses color and structure to shed light on existential questions that address what she describes as “fundamental truths: the precariousness of life and our essential connection “.
These concepts will be on display throughout the entirety of this exhibition.
“When I look at Blair’s art, for me it’s infused with a lot of spirituality and a lot of different concepts,” says Matriark founder Patricia Assui Reed, explaining her choice of artist for this show. “I think he’s uplifting, you know, I think his use of colors and the way he expresses himself is the same way I think I want people to feel when they come to Matriark.”
Matriark: a store for women made by women
Assui Reed founded Matriark in 2019, first as a store in Sag Harbor before growing into a successful online platform and e-commerce business in 2020. All aspects of Matriark are built on the foundation of promoting equality for girls and women by providing a curated selection of products and experiences, and contributing to philanthropic organizations that further their chosen mission.
Born in Brazil, Assui Reed has worked as a buyer and communications executive in luxury/fashion retail for over 20 years, and during her long career, she began to notice gender inequalities within her own industry. She points out that 75% of fashion customers are women, while only 14% of top fashion brands are run by women, and less than 3% of all VC money goes to women-led businesses. With this in mind, the creation of Matriark was a way to highlight women-owned and women-focused brands and causes.
In addition to being a commercial space, Matriark and its Matriark Club initiative offer a space for conversations, workshops, dinners and events dedicated to the company’s core spirit, driven by women.
Assui Reed lives in Sag Harbor with her husband Ron, their children Sophie and Ethan, and their dogs Umi and Nori, making the town the perfect place for her brick and mortar adventure. And the art of Borthwick fits perfectly into the world that continues to bring life here.
Visit Matriark to see Blair Borthwick’s The way you hug the stars and the moon from Friday June 24th to August 1st.