Woodworker Gus Szabronski is a featured artist at the Rockland Art Market, held at Mildred Merrill Park across from Time Out Pub Thursdays from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. (weather permitting).

This is Szabronski’s first year at the Art Market. He makes exquisite bowls, plates, boxes, furniture and decorative items, sometimes using the technique called marquetry. He combines different types of wood to make designs and patterns of varying color and grain. Szabronski can usually be seen caning a chair and answering questions about his technique.

Szabronski said wood is such a wonderful, and sometimes challenging, medium to work with. The grain, the color, the texture and the natural beauty wood seem to grab peoples’ attention.

“I have been working with wood for years and I still get a warm feeling when I step back and look at a finished piece,” he said.

Rockland Art Market also features folk making polymer clay jewelry and sculptures; fine art photography; watercolor and acrylic paintings; paper and fiber arts; turkey calls and sporting items; quilts; funky hats and costume wear.

For more information, contact Debra Thuss at dthuss@gwi.net or by phone at 236-2449 or 542-1666.

VillageSoup Art/Entertainment Editor Dagney Ernest can be reached at 207-594-4401 or by e-mail to dernest@villagesoup.com.