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Silver Goldfish - $2450
Silver Goldfish is better than a real goldfish because it never needs to be fed! This sculpture is 31 1/2″ x 26″ x 12 1/2″ and weighs 19 pounds. It was created using 18 gauge cold rolled sheet steel, perforated sheet steel, 3/8″, 5/8″, 1/4″ and 1/2″ steel rod, wheel bearings, castor wheels, candle holders, flat steel bar, ball bearings and scrap metal. The fins have been painted with metallic chrome Rustoleum and the entire sculpture is clear coated. Silver Goldfish is available at the Noyes Art Gallery, 119 S. 9th St., Lincoln, NE. (402) 475-1061. They are open Tuesday through Saturday 10 to 5 and the first and third Fridays of each month ’til 9pm. Stop and see them, they’re friendly!
Lucky - $1550
Lucky is 29″ x 28″ x 16 1/2″ and weighs 30 pounds. He is made of 18 gauge sheet steel, steel rod, ball bearings, perforated scrap steel, a planter disc and other scrap metal. He has a double coat of clear applied. He is available at Noyes Art Gallery, 119 S. 9th St, Lincon, NE, (402) 475-1061. They are open Tuesday through Saturday 10 to 5 and the first and third Fridays of each month ’til 9pm. Stop and see them, they’re friendly!
The Owl King -$3500
The Owl King is the kind and benevolent protector of all wild animals. With his stately presence and grand stature, he will bring good luck and elegance to any home. This sculpture is 30″ x 15″ x 14″ and weighs 59 pounds. It was created using sawblades, 1/2″ steel rod, flat steel bar, shovels, spade handle, washers, ball bearings, candle holders, chain, twisted rod, lamp finial, candy dish, hog water bowl, scrap metal and a medal from a Kansas spelling bee. This sculpture has been clear coated.
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Teri Martens and a commissioned piece, “The Story.”
Martens is a Midwesterner gifted with a strong mechanical ability. She was born in the city, but spent lots of time on her grandparents’ farm growing up. In her early twenties, Martens was involved in a start up bicycle business, but rather than working in sales or doing the books, she became a mechanic, building racing wheels and repairing bicycles. Over the years Martens got her bachelor’s degree in communication, had a child and worked for a newspaper and for various large corporations in advertising. In 2009 her husband signed her up for a welding class at a local community college. She excelled in the class and a metal sculptor was born. In 2013 Martens did her first large exhibition, a RAW event which started a series of other shows and exhibits and eventually gallery representation.
Martens works almost exclusively in steel, either new or scrap and many sculptures are a combination of welded and assemblage pieces. She enjoys animal themes — owls, foxes, birds, fish, horses, and cats but she has also created many outdoor pieces — trellises, birdbaths, arbors and suns. She has refined her methods and processes for the past 10 years moving from two dimensional work into almost exclusively 3D. She describes her work as mostly problem solving. “I find a piece that I think will work for an owl’s wing, for example, but it may need to be heated and bent or drilled and attached with screws.” So there’s always a problem she must solve before she can make something work.
Martens’ mission in life as well as in her art is simple: Be kind, be useful, be productive. Every day as she enters her studio she is grateful that she has the opportunity to create art that uplifts, surprises and is loved for the way it makes her collectors feel.
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