While the rest of her classmates were making pastries in cooking classes, Mary Nohl was making art—anything she fancied out of anything she could find. Inspiration struck Mary even when she wasn’t looking for it. Mary used common objects to make uncommon art. And one day, her garden was a gallery.
Mary Nohl passed away in 2001 at the age of eighty-seven. Her famous garden gallery is located in the front yard of her Fox Point, Wisconsin, home to this day.
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Tina and Carson Kügler both grew up in Milwaukee, influenced by Mary Nohl's garden of fantastical creatures. They blossomed into professional artists and created three rather loud creatures of their own.
After years of dreaming about how to turn Mary's wonderland into a book, Tina and Carson combined traditional and digital collage elements to capture the spirit of Mary's art.
The Küglers currently reside in Los Angeles, where Carson is a storyboard supervisor for Nickelodeon Animation and Tina is a full-time children's book illustrator.
"This quiet, engaging offering celebrates the artist's vision and her idiosyncratic work."
"The illustrations combine watercolor with digital painting, collage, and vintage papers, resulting in a soft palette and an uncomplicated, accessible drawing style. Children will delight in the whimsy of the art pieces and their placement in the garden as well as the participation of Mary’s dogs, Sassafras and Basil, in the discovery process."
—School Library Journal
"The Küglers use watercolor, digital painting, collage and vintage papers to portray Mary's world and sculptures...A friendly chronicle of an offbeat artist."
"Chalky mixed-media collages are punctuated by items of significance...a quiet homage."
"The authors embellish their picture-book biography of artist Mary Nohl (1914–2001) with touches of whimsy...The illustrations—digital collages of scratchy, affectionate paintings on an assortment of papers—mirror this sense of wonder."
—Horn Book Magazine
"An appealing and kid-friendly introduction to Nohl's art."
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