Garden art blooms in downtown Columbus

By Joel Waldinger | November 3, 2023


For many years Gene Frey has been a jack of all trades. His works included renovating antique carriages and sleighs to rebuilding popcorn trucks. It was in that refurbishing work that he discovered art.

 Frey has carved out a niche with his garden art. Every piece is made by hand including flowers, birds, ducks, geese, and pheasants.

Frey does it all without any formal art training and the industrial metal art he creates is built to last. At his age, Frey says he likes to have a reason to get up in the morning. 

He only works a few hours a day but that casual schedule also allows him to run an art gallery in downtown Columbus. The art gallery is called Curmudgeons and Company and is located in a building owned by Frey’s son, Todd. Frey shares his garden art business with the buggy business. 


Joel Waldinger

Joel Waldinger

Joel Waldinger is a reporter for the “Wisconsin Life” project and considers a sunset over the “big island” on Manson Lake to be a perfect ending to a day of fishing and fun in the Northwoods. 
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