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For local watercolorist Stacy Lund-Levy, art won out over science

Stacy Lund-Levy, a local watercolorist and former scientist, is teaching watercolor classes at Carroll Community College, North Carroll Senior Center and Intergrace Fairhaven.
Stacy Lund-Levy, a local watercolorist and former scientist, is teaching watercolor classes at Carroll Community College, North Carroll Senior Center and Intergrace Fairhaven. (Submitted photo)

Stacy Lund-Levy is a local watercolorist. Currently, she is teaching watercolor classes at Carroll Community College, North Carroll Senior Center and Intergrace Fairhaven.

Lund-Levy was interested in art in elementary school. Her mother was interested in arts and crafts such as painting, sewing, drawing, knitting and crochet. "Basically, she was interested in anything you could take and make into something else," Lund-Levy said.

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Lund-Levy liked painting and drawing the best. In third grade, she was accepted into an art show at the Walters Art Gallery. Her work was chosen because she used only the three primary colors of tempera paint and mixed the other colors from it. She painted an elephant.

Then she began to love science and did not do as much art throughout school. Lund-Levy attended Hood College, majoring in bio-chemistry. While she was in college, she had a wonderful art teacher that reintroduced her to art and Lund-Levy decided to move into art in addition to science. Lund-Levy graduated with a double major in Art and Science 1987.

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After college she worked in a science lab at Johns Hopkins Hospital doing immunoperoxidase. That had to do with taking specimens from surgery and staining them to see if they were cancerous for clinical diagnosis. Lund-Levy worked during the day and attended Maryland Institute College of Art. She studied painting, drawing and graphic design.

Lund-Levy knew she did not like working in a lab but really loved art. She combined the two and was accepted at the Art as Applied to Medicine Program at the Baltimore campus of The Johns Hopkins Medical Institutions. She graduated with a master's degree in art in 1991. She did her internship in London with an illustrator there.

She was the illustrator for the University of Maryland for the Maryland Center for Limb Lengthening and Reconstruction for five years.

In 1995, Lund-Levy started her own freelance medical illustration business called Lund Art Studios which she ran until she had children. During those years, she went back to fine arts such as painting, drawing and sculpture. At that time, she began to experiment with clay and found that it could be bumped to a higher level. She opened a studio in the Bromo-Seltzer Art Tower (bromoseltzertower.com).

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Today, Lund-Levy has moved her studio to her home. She sells her artwork at holiday shows, some local venues and the Carroll County Arts Council Gallery of Gifts (carrollcountyartscouncil.org).

Lund-Levy also does ManneqArt which is a contest for sculpture on the human form. The art has to be wearable, be made from unusual materials and fit through a door. ManneqArt is a non-profit that promotes art education (mannequart.org). According to their website, "We inspire creativity and excellence in the field of wearable art."

The contest is run by a fashion designer. There are four themes every year. Last year, Lund-Levy chose the literary them and this year she won the action theme.

"I like doing art because I feel like you can take anything, things people think are trash, and make it beautiful," Lund-Levy said. "It is the potential. You can have plain paper and five tubes of paint and make it something spectacular."

Lund-Levy can be contacted at stacy@lundartstudios.com.

Lyndi McNulty is the owner of Gizmos Art in Westminster. Her column appears on the first and third Thursday of each month.

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