Art page
The Gallery at Woods



                               April 12 - May 17, 2015



About the Artists

Diana Marta is a visual artist and college art Instructor. She has taught at a number of colleges in Maryland and pennsylvania, including anne arundel Community College. She is currently on the faculty of Catonsville Community college and teaches at her studio in the Howard County Center for the Arts in Ellicott City.

Marta exhibits oils, watercolors, drawings, installations, and digital work with video and animation. She has had solo shows at Tai Sophia Institute, Laurel, MD. The Academy Art Museum, Easton, MD, the Korean Embassy, in Washington D.C., Maryland hall in Annapolis and the Catonsville Gallery of CCBC. One of her watercolors is in the Forbes collection in New York City. Marta holds a B.S. with honors in Art education from Penn State, and MFA with honors in studio painting from Towson University and has done doctoral studies at Penn State.

Diana describes herself as a 20th century artist with entry into the 21st century digital world. She says "I am challenged by transformations in art making. My current work often involves a dialogue between past and present." You can see more of her work at

Barbara Petro is a software trainer for people with disabilities who, from early childhood has felt the need and desire to create. She was encouraged by her high school art teacher and now by her mentor, Diana Marta. Inspired by renowned artist Wassily Kandinsky who said "color is the the soul", Brabara says "I like using bright, clear colors in unexpected combinations of color, pattern, and line, infusing my work with equal measures of nature and style" and she works hard to keep the difficult medium of watercolor translucent and bold. She says "these colors remind me of the beautiful stained glass windows found in the churches of my childhood, brightly colored Christmas lights or a field of wild flowers, a sunrise or sunset, joyful colors that awaken the soul." She is inspired by everyday objects, nature, people and events and says "the world around me always seems to be singing in the praise of God's majesty and I paint to sing back".

Art Ministry

The Woods Art Ministry was created out of the conviction that the arts have an important role to play in the life of the church. Throughout history, the arts have been one of the significant ways that people express and understand religious truth.

The Art Ministry is responsible for art exhibits in the Wood Gallery and, from time to time, offers programs and resources related to the visual arts. These have included workshops, field trips and tours to view significant art, as well as providing visual arts for use in worship (banners, projected images, etc.)