(402)-881-9714 terijune@yahoo.com

2023 – Time for a change!

I am excited to announce an additional gallery location closer to home. I have been invited by Patti Wiggins of The Furniture Girl to join the other artists in her store at 19257 Conifer Lane in Council Bluffs. Patti took over the building where the Savannah Filmore gift shop was and has done extensive remodeling inside. It is really beautiful now! Patti retails the coolest finds from her estate sales including furniture, jewelry, china, glassware and antiques. She also has several artists work on display including painters, sculptors (me), woodworkers and a photographer. She also sells plants both for your windowsill and your outdoor beds. She has it all and a visit to her store is always interesting. Every first Thursday of each month, she has a craft event with refreshments and snacks so watch the Furniture Girl Facebook page for details and to sign up. I will be teaching the April 6th workshop at 5:00. I am so excited to be able to share my art closer to home and hope to see everyone at a first Thursday soon!

Teri Martens




New Works

This is "Sly" the Cat - SOLD

Sly is 16 3/4″ tall and 8″ wide and weighs 2 lbs. He sits on a sturdy 6″ circle cut out of 1/4″ steel plate. His body is cut from 16 gauge perforated metal that was a shelf in a former life and his stripes, eyes, nose, whiskers and mouth are cut from 18 gauge sheet steel. His tail is from a decorative piece I found at a sale.

"Collette" the Cat - $125

Say hello to “Collette.” She’s 17 1/4″ x 15″ x 1/2″ and only weighs 1 pound. Collette’s body is made from half of a wine rack with perforated metal added to the circles that used to hold the bottles. Her tail is from a candleholder. Her head, eyes, mouth and flower are cut from 18 gauge sheet steel and her nose is a punch out from 3/8″ metal. Collette has fancy metallic turquoise eyeshadow (paint), a black nose and a metallic pink champagne flower. Available at the Noyes Art Gallery, 119 S 9th Lincoln, NE 402-475-1061.

Cinnamon Girl - $9950

“Cinnamon Girl” is an indoor sculpture made of 18 and 20 gauge cold rolled steel, steel rod and scrap metal including horse bits, a horse shoe and pieces from a hames. She is 68″ x 52 3/4″ x 24″ and weights 125 lbs.  She is attached through 1/2″ rods through two hooves to a 14 gauge steel plate reinforced from below, sitting on a 1/8″ strap edge.  It is available just email me at terijune@yahoo.com and I’ll get right back to you.  Thanks.

Teri Martens and a commissioned piece, “The Story.”

About Teri

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.

Contact Teri

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