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Foraging artist sculpts works from scraps

Foraging artist sculpts works from scraps

For Mary Opasik, pieces of old furniture, aged metals and assorted hardware are potential gems.

The Catonsville assemblage artist takes the weathered parts and turns them into something new.

"Wherever I walk around, I just happen to see something," she said. "It has to be special to me for some reason. It's hard to explain, but it has to feel special to me."

Opasik, 67, has been taking art classes since she was a child but didn't pursue becoming a full-time artist until she was in her late 30s, after an 18-year nursing career in emergency and operating rooms in the Baltimore area.

The nursing field was getting more litigious and filled with...