Art aficionado Barbara Hillson wanted to put Wool in front of the eyes of Maryland art lovers after she discovered silk screenist Beatrice Wool in Massachusetts.

Hillson arranged with The First Women's Bank of Maryland in Rockville for a room to exhibit 44 of Wool's pieces. The artist has completed a limited edition series of silk screens that shows both the creation of a multi-colored silk screen and the Biblical creation of the world -- a new color is added to each day of creation in the series. Other prints have Biblical quotes subtly incorporated in their design. Several works also depict women from the Bible, such as Sarah, Judith, Rebecca and Eve.

The bank gallery at 1800 Rockville Pike is open from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday and 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday. The exhibit continues through Dec. 21. Call 770-1300 for directions.

Who would ever expect that a sculpture titled "A Tribute to Man's Endurance Through Time" would be a red oak tree trunk at Colesville Road and Second Avenue in Silver Spring? The new landmark was sculpted by Michael Higgs from a decaying tree that had been slated for removal.

The Montgomery County Department of Housing and Community Development and the Silver Spring Commercial Revitalization Office spared the tree to include it in a $15,000 landscaped park across from the Silver Spring Metro station. Higgs dug out the decayed portions of the tree before shaping it, and the finished work was treated with a wood preservative. To date, $3.5 million has been spent by the county to revitalize the Silver Spring area, largely in the Central Business District Improvement Program. County Executive Charles W. Gilchrist and Sarah Underwood, director of the county's Department of Housing and Community Development, officiated at the unveiling and dedication last week.

Recent Montgomery County Arts Council awards include an artist fellowship to flutist Katherine Hay toward the production and performance of "Flute Plus," a concert of flute music using primarily the compositions of Maryland composers, and a fellowship to artist Heidi Lippman to complete "East West Traverse," an exhibit of 12 pastel drawings contrasting east and west coast environments.

According to Artscapes, the arts council's information service, artist Barbara Hails of Olney has been elected to membership in the Pastel Society of America in New York. Five of her pen-and-ink drawings of historic sites will illustrate the brochure of a walking tour of Montgomery County.

Two premieres: Anthony Stark's "In Praise of Magic," chamber music for voice, flute, violin, piano and percussion, and Jeffrey Mumford's "Barbaglio dal Manca," for piano, at the National Bureau of Standards in Gaithersburg Dec. 14 at 8 p.m. Call The Contemporary Music Forum at 424-9118 for ticket information.

For Nutcracker nuts: The Rockville Civic Ballet will perform "The Nutcracker" at the F. Scott Fitzgerald Theatre Dec. 12, 13, 19 and 20. Tickets are available at the City Hall information desk. Call 424-8000, ext. 216, for more information. Also, a family bus trip will leave Seabrook Elementary School, 6001 Seabrook Rd., at 12:30 p.m., and the New Carrollton City Hall at 12:45 p.m. Dec. 19 for a performance of the classic by the Washington Ballet Company at Lisner Auditorium in the District. Call Tom Fink at 249-9220 for information.

Rufus the Red Nosed Rein-dog? Yes, he's the star of a puppet show at the Good Luck Community Center, 8601 Good Luck Rd., Lanham, at 11:45 a.m. Dec. 22. Call 552-1093 for more information.

An original version of "Snow White" will be performed by the Montgomery Ballet Company Friday and Saturday at the Prince George's Publick Playhouse in Cheverly. Choreographed by Diana Green, the tale is set to music by Antonin Dvorak. Additional dance at the Playhouse will be the Maryland Dance Theatre Dec. 11 and the Central Maryland Ballet Theatre in a Christmas dance program Dec. 21. Call 277-1710 for more information.