Worcester County Arts Council
Gallery Hours:
Monday – Friday
& some Saturdays
from 11 am to 3 pm


Our Current Exhibits

This Norfolk Island Pine bowl, generously donated by the artist, has been offered
for our silent auction to benefit various programs of the Arts Council.
Stop by and place your bid!

Featured Artists: Stan BRUA

Wood Sculptures

I've enjoyed carving birds and working on a wide variety of wooden projects for almost half a century. While on a trip out West several years ago, I observed the unique work of a number of woodturners and immediately knew that I had found a new hobby.

I have concentrated on making natural edge bowls and artistic vases out of tree burls and insect damaged logs, and find that the ugliest pieces of raw wood often yield the best end products. It's a very rewarding challenge to find what's hiding in a salvaged piece of firewood or old log. For my signature pieces, I have formulated “fauxpal” to fill in some of the natural voids in the wood, providing an iridescent accent that simulates blue opal.

When traveling, and not able to turn, I can often be found scouring the woods and debris piles looking for that perfect log or a different tree species. I recently turned a lampshade from a Norfolk Island Pine log that I found in Florida. Using scraps and smaller pieces, I have also made pepper mills, kaleidoscopes, wine bottle stoppers, crab mallets and rolling pins.

I recently joined the Worcester County Arts Council in hopes of meeting other woodturners to enhance my skills.

Find out more about Stan BRUA
"Meet me at the Clock" - this painting has been offered by Mariana to our silent auction.
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Featured Artists: Mariana Luce

Acrylic and watercolor painting

I paint imaginative pictures in mixed media, acrylics, and watercolors inspired by everyday scenes and experiences. Their bold colors show the drama, humor and feelings, some ironic but not cynical, we encounter in life.

My favorite style is abstract, a scene abstracted from life. Right now I use mixed media and acrylics to paint subjects such as "Spring" mixed media, "Winter" acrylic, and "Summer" mixed media, personified by a feminine presence. A favorite acrylic was "Donegal Horse" that depicts a tender feeling for a strong subject.

"Meet Me at the Clock," is a watercolor of an Ocean City boardwalk scene. There is also a series of watercolors inspired by the coziness between me and my sister Nanci Spano, tables for two set with seasonal flowers: "Spring" tea," "Summer" iced tea, and "Winter" hot chocolate. Her favorite "Echinacea," was inspired by a seed packet. There are small acrylics of industrial settings, "Broken Pottery, "Green Chair" and "Dawn Fishers."

I moved to Ocean City, Maryland in 2000 and decided to create "my best life." I couldn’t paint a stroke of watercolors, so I challenged myself to learn taking classes with Pat Henderson’s at the Art League of Ocean City, watercolor workshops at the Worcester County Arts Council, Sharon Himes’ workshops, Barbara Schmid’s classes, and drawing classes from Wor-Wic Community College.

Several pictures are on loan and others for sale. If you would like something similar to any of them, let me know and I will paint it for you in the medium you choose.

I hope you like these pictures, and that they echo sentiments you’ve experienced in life.

RECENT WORK: Worcester County Arts Council member; juried exhibits; featured artist Berlin, MD
Art League of Ocean City member; workshops, exhibits, three Honorable Mentions
Featured artist exhibition at Worcester County Library in Ocean Pines, Berlin, MD
Silversmithing summer classes at Instituto de Allende, San Miguel de Allende, Mexico
Silversmithing workshops at Art League of Ocean City, Anne Arundel College and private
lessons with a master silversmith in Annapolis, MD

Find out more about Mariana Luce

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