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Artists Franz and Hastings to be featured in OP library

(April 30, 2015) Two artists will be featured at the Ocean Pines library in May.
Wayne Franz, photographer/oil painter, will showcase his work in the main common areas of the library.
Franz is a self-taught artist and resides in the Parke at Ocean Pines. He uses film for many of his photographs which he develops himself. His early painting/work experience includes assisting Professor Francis Hoffman as an apprentice. Hoffman taught painting and fine arts at the Maryland Institute.
Franz’s present work is influenced by the Dutch artists of the 1600’s and is also by the English Landscape style of painting.
Born and raised in Baltimore, Franz’s work career was in the printing industry. He was employed for several years at Peninsula Press in Salisbury. During this period, he traveled to fishing and crabbing villages on the Eastern Shore.  
He honed his skill photographing skip jacks, oyster boats, historical local houses and harbors. Many of these have disappeared from the landscape and are now history.
Mary Jane Hastings’ acrylic paintings will be on display in the two computer rooms to the right of the common areas.
Hastings has made art an important part of her life. Although she has been painting since she was a child, she became more serious about her art after taking classes at Salisbury University in art history and studying with Professor Progar.  
She moved to Ocean Pines 21 years ago and paints in her studio almost every morning. Her exhibitions have been seen at galleries and libraries in Salisbury, Berlin and Ocean City, where she has won many prizes.  
She is most proud of the award given by The National Society of the Daughters of the American Revolution for her painting, “Hand Sewing the American Flag,” which she won in its American Heritage Contest.  
A prolific artist, she paints some very large pieces and some as small as one inch square. Presently, her miniatures are on display at the Ocean City Center for the Arts, where she was the Artist in Residence for March. Hastings does not like to be called an artist.  
“Art does not need me, but I need art,” she said.