Displayed throughout The Arboretum Store is an astonishing amount of original artwork. Carefully chosen by Jacque Fucilla, store manager, this collection includes photography and paintings as well as glass vases, tiles, and clocks. Here are some examples of what you can find:
Art by Rozanne Priebe
You may have met artist Rozanne Priebe at a trunk show in the store last year. Her artwork is definitely recognizable. From large canvases to small multimedia objects, Priebe uses a variety of means to convey her impression of beauty in nature. Her work is now inspired by the Arboretum itself. “The place itself inspires me, the beauty of nature and how it’s put together here,” Priebe says. “There are so few places like this.” The store offers paintings, cards and prints by the artist. Check out her rustic fence boards, painted with a striking if somewhat abstract nature scene. For the first time this spring, Priebe is offering canvas images of Daffodil Glade and Lake Marmo with redbuds, decoupage nests, and painted pillows featuring bunnies. Cost: cards $4.95, matted prints $18-$25, painted fence boards $25-$35,canvases $30-$330.
New to the store is the work of artist Mary-Melinda Wellsandt. On functional glass, Wellsandt carves unique nature designs using a sandblaster then applies permanent paints and enamels to bring her art to life. The pieces are handcrafted in the USA, one at a time, requiring at least 10 steps. The store carries a selection of Glass’ vases. Cost: $140-$275.
Motawi Tiles and Schlabaugh & Sons Clocks
Designed in the Arts and Crafts style, Motawi tiles are handmade in Ann Arbor, Michigan. Inspired by nature, art, and architecture, these distinctive tiles are known for their rich glazes and timeless designs. The tiles are available on their own or incorporated in Schlabaugh & Sons clocks. Crafted in Kalona, Iowa, Schlabaugh & Sons crafts each clock from the highest quality hardwoods. Cost: tiles $39-$145, clocks $175-$525.
The store features two well-loved local photographers, Peter Vagt and Mark Baldwin. Vagt, a longtime favorite of store shoppers, creatively captures the atmosphere of his settings, turning Meadow Lake into a moody, contemplative space and a stand of pines into an outdoor cathedral. Baldwin’s photographs are printed on metallic paper, adding dimension and vibrancy to both his landscapes and his up-close views of buds and blossoms. Works by both Baldwin and Vagt are available on cards or as prints in a variety of sizes that can be purchased matted or framed. Cost: cards $4.25-$5, prints $12-$85.