Joeann Genetti-Teeple Abra in green and blue, $225 and up. Call (920)
474-4769 or (262) 443-3282 for buying information.
Atchison-based artist Joeann Genetti-Teeple calls her pieces "Abra."
"They’re made of decorative iron that looks like tree bark and
huge chunks — 5 to 15 inches — of colored glass. I wrap the iron
around the glass and then you just stick them in the ground." The
finished artwork is 3 to 5 feet high, depending on how many glass
pieces are incorporated. Clients are invited to pick out what they’d
like in their creation, and Genetti-Teeple will craft it to their
specifications. Custom pieces take about seven to 10 days to craft.
2 Frank Bauer mosaics, $175 and up, at Private Gardener, 190 N.
Broadway, Milwaukee, (414) 223-4747
The vivid colors of artist Frank Bauer’s mosaics make them a
favorite of Victoria Voyner of Private Gardener and other
Midwesterners who are "so done" with winter. Bauer, a former
Sheboygan resident, now lives in Los Angeles. Private Gardener is the
only local outlet for Bauer’s art. "The pieces are all unique
because each is handmade," Voyner explains. "These mosaics
are used on a variety of different items — pots and fabulous bird
baths." The pieces can be used outdoors and are suitable for
terraces and balconies. They can also be taken indoors. "I have
one client who purchased a birdbath, put a glass top on it and uses it
as a table."
Curt Winter chair in purple, pink and teal, $400, at Urban Accents,
159 N. Broadway, Milwaukee, (414) 220-5050
Nancy Rappaport, owner of Urban Accents, is enthusiastic about this
Adirondack-style chair from Franklin designer Curt Winter, a
mechanical engineer who dabbles in art. "It’s really
unique," she says. The chairs, crafted from contemporary skis,
can be used both inside and outside as the screws, nails and fasteners
are all exterior-rated materials. These interesting pieces provide a
pop of color in the yard.
4 Eero Aarnio Puppies in orange, green or white, $60-80, at Garden
Room, 2107 E. Capitol Drive, Shorewood, (414) 963-1657
Buyer Margaret Martin says the artwork by Italian designer Eero
Aarnio reminds her of the Beasties. "They are made of very tough,
durable plastic," she says. "They can be a decoration or the
kids can climb and sit on them." "Puppies," as they are
called, come from the kids’ line of Magis Spa, an Italian design
company, and are crafted in bold, bright colors. While the medium
Puppy is about 18 inches tall and 23 inches long, the extra-large
version of the breed is about 32 inches tall and 40 inches long.
Martin says Puppies are great for gardens where children visit, but
they’re also "for anyone who enjoys fun things" in his or