Following a spell in North Carolina, Eastern Shore native-daughter Donna Lupean is back in Salisbury, armed with a unique and creative spin on how to dress up your walls
The next time you head into the trendy Acorn Market in Salisbury, pay particular attention to the walls. You’ll see an eye-catching collection of decorative mirrors that reflect some good looks other than your own. Check out the imaginative and fun-looking scarf racks in the lobby, too. They’re the unique creations of Salisbury artisan Donna Lupean.
Though she hails originally from Belfast, Maine, Lupean and her family transplanted themselves to Wicomico County some 40-odd years ago. After graduating from Bennett High School, Lupean headed off to the University of Maryland College Park, where she studied interior design, then Salisbury University, where she earned a bachelor’s in graphic design. After a turn in Winston-Salem, N.C., Lupean is again on the Eastern Shore — and she brought her art with her.
You may wonder why someone with such an extensive design background is so focused on mirrors and racks, but it makes sense once you hear her explain it.
“In 2006 I’d attended a weeklong feng shui seminar in Austin, Texas, which forever shifted my thinking regarding interior design,” said Lupean, who also works professionally as a consultant/practitioner of the ancient Chinese space-energy philosophy. “Mirrors play a very important role in feng shui when it comes to the overall effect of a space on its occupants, so it felt right to begin with them and expand from there.”
Lupean added that she is getting ready to expand again, this time to include hatracks, coatracks, tables
and chairs that can work equally well in residential or commercial settings. Her signature materials tend to consist of pine, medium-density fibreboard, acrylics and tissue paper. —NB
IN THE LUPE DESIGNS
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