Evansville Courier & Press
TELL CITY, Ind. — A peek into the front windows of Art-tique at 508 Main St. in Tell City gives curious passers-by a hint of what they might find inside.
A table set made from an old drum kit sits not too far from a foot stool, which uses four different shoes as the feet. Remove the fancy seat cover, and there sits a less glamorous denim cushion.
“I take antiques and make them into art,” proprietor and artist Susan Brennan told the Evansville Courier & Press.
“Doodads, gewgaws and fripperies. This is what I do. If I find something cool, I’ll bring it home and look at it awhile. I keep things a long time before they turn in to something. But when they do, it’s all go.”
“I just like making things,” she said as she took a seat on her couch – her four dogs nearby – to do a little gourd painting.
“Let’s see what we can do here, puppies,” she told them as she wetted her brush with pink acrylic paint. Brennan admits the gourds aren’t among her greatest creations, but they’re fun and she likes to keep busy.
The former Floridian works in quite a few mediums including porcelain, clay, metal, paint and wood.
“I have a picture of me at about 8 years old sitting on the back of my father’s Nash Rambler with a 2-by-4 and a piece of sandpaper. I was gonna make a picket fence by sanding points on the 2-by-4. I had high hopes,” she said with a full-throated laugh.
Not much has changed over the decades. She still has high hopes people will enjoy her work.
“Somebody’s gotta love it,” she said. “I’d love people to appreciate it.”