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LOOK INSIDE THE LIFE AND HOME OF LEGENDARY 'OUTSIDER' ARTIST MARY NOHL
"Mary Nohl: A Lifetime in Art" by Barbara Manger and Janine Smith, tells the story of Milwaukee-born artist, Mary Nohl. A prolific and fanciful maker who worked in a variety of media, Nohl was both a mysterious figure and an iconic "outsider" artist. This new addition to the Badger Biographies series captures her life and will capture the imagination of readers, and artists, of all ages.
Nohl didn't just make art she lived it. From the time she was young, Mary enjoyed making things, from the model airplane that won her a citywide prize to assignments in shop class, where she learned to work with tools.
Her interests in art blossomed during the years she spent training at the Art Institute of Chicago, leading to a lifetime of curiosity and ventures into new artistic media. From pottery to silver jewelry and oil painting to concrete sculpture, Mary explored new ways of making art. Many of her pieces were made from found objects that other people might think of as junk like chicken bones, bedsprings and sand that she made into concrete.
Nohl, who made her home on the shores of Lake Michigan, decorated the interior of her cottage with bright colors and eye-catching figures in driftwood and glass. During her later years, her home became known as the "Witch's House" a place of local legend known far beyond Fox Point. Though she died in 2001, Mary's legacy continues. Her art is held at the John Michael Kohler Arts Center in Sheboygan, and her home is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
The popular Badger Biographies series for young readers explores the lives of famous and not-so-famous figures in Wisconsin history. The Wisconsin Historical Society Press is proud to celebrate the release of this, the 21st book in the series.
About the Author
Barbara Manger is an artist who has taught printmaking and drawing for many years. She also founded Artists Working in Education, a non-profit Milwaukee-based organization that provides art experience for at-risk children.
Janine Smith is an award-winning book designer who owns and operates Designsmith, a graphic design company in Fox Point, Wisconsin.
Table of Contents
1 The Witch's House 1
2 Childhood Adventures 4
3 Learning to Be an Artist 16
4 Danny Diver 27
5 The Art of Teaching 34
6 Loving Clay and Silver 38
7 Paintings Galore 47
8 Inside Mary's House 58
9 Outside Mary's House 67
10 Leaving the Lakeshore 82
Mary's Time Line 86
Gallery of Mary's Art 89
Reading Group Guide and Activities 116
To Learn More about Being an Artist 118
Illustration Credits 120