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7 Best Places for Art Enthusiasts in Worcester County, Maryland

If you find yourself longing to take in the arts, Worcester County, Maryland, is a worthwhile place to visit. The county is home to some of Maryland's best beaches, as well as a number of notable, charming small towns that house art galleries and performing arts centers. Here are seven of best places for art enthusiasts to explore in Worcester County.

Ocean City Center for the ArtsThis nonprofit home to the Art League of Ocean City sports two galleries with works from local artists available for purchase. The arts center offers courses for pottery making, landscape painting or watercolors for kids and adults. Guests can also participate in the center's First Friday Opening Reception where glasses of wine and hors d'oeuvres are served at the gallery.

Ocean City Performing Arts CenterOcean City's home for performing hosts some of Worcester County's best concerts, plays and other live performances. The Ocean City Performing Arts Center, which opened in 2014, is and elegant and impressive venue. It has a 1,200-seat-auditorium and performing arts stage, and it's located inside the Roland E. Powell Convention Center.

Jeffrey Auxer DesignsLocated in historic Berlin is Jeffrey Auxer Designs, a glass-blowing studio and gallery. The studio is completely operational, which means a trip there might mean you can see Auxer in action, creating gorgeous bowls, lights, chandeliers and gifts. The gallery also hosts ornament classes, where visitors can create their own glass ornaments in studio.

The Mar-Va TheaterIn Pocomoke City, a thriving theater has been entertaining its audiences since 1927. The Mar-Va Theater hosts small reprisals of Broadway greats like "The Sound of Music" and cabaret-style murder mystery dinner theater. Famous performers like Roy Rogers, Tom Mix and most recently Linda Lavin have graced its stage. The theater is also famous for showing films every first and second weekend of the month. It's a much more glamorous atmosphere to watch films than a typical movie theater.

Baked Dessert Cafe and GalleryIf you have a sweet tooth and an appreciation for the arts, this is your spot. Not only does the cute and quaint Baked Dessert Café and Gallery serve cupcakes and bread puddings, it also has artwork for sale. The cafe provides visitors a great opportunity to support the local artists and take home a souvenir. If none of the art catches your eye, you can always opt for the cafe's signature croclair (a cronut and eclair hybrid) and a shirt that says, "I got Baked at the beach!"

Bishop's Stock Fine Art, Craft and Wine GalleryFor a fun night out on the town, head over to Bishop's Stock Fine Art, Craft & Wine Gallery to sample great wine and browse through its impressive gallery. Paintings in the gallery cover a wide range of styles, including impressionist, realist and abstract. More than 30 local artists are represented at Bishop's, making it a perfect place to discover new talents in the area. Each month, different artists are featured with their own exhibits. Plan ahead to catch monthly shows and don't forget to enjoy the discounted cabernet sauvignon.

j.j. Fish Studio and Fine Crafts GalleryTo purchase some great state-of-the-art jewelry, pottery, glass, wood and wearable art, head over to j.j. Fish Studio and Fine Crafts Gallery in historic Berlin. More than 70 artisans are featured in the gallery and their works are for sale at reasonable prices. Store owners John and Judy Fisher make their own abstract jewelry and continue to welcome new artists in the store. The shop is a great place to pick up gifts for loved ones.

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