Brenda Warner was about to turn 50…a perfect age, she thought, to try a new skill.
“How does this happen, “ Brenda asks. “You know what? I love metal. I love art. I was getting ready to turn 50 and I thought, ’I want to be who I want to be now and not care what other people think.”
Warner had always been attracted to metal art, buying pieces during her travels.
“I’ve always loved it…the scraps that are around and rusted. All you have to do is find them, bring them together, and basically weld them into a piece of art. You can shine them and make them a whole new thing.”
After googling ‘metal art’, Brenda stumbled upon ‘welding.’ She shadowed a friend who was a welder, bought the right tools and set up at shop at home. She admits the initial reaction of her seven children wasn’t what you’d call ‘encouraging’. “
They usually say, ‘there goes mom again. But I don’t mind that. I love that my kids see me try new things, fail, succeed, I love that. I want them to be more like that, where you just think,’why not try it?”
Her NFL Hall of Fame husband agrees. “For so long, she put everything on hold so I could chase my dream,” says Kurt Warner.
“She never had a chance to dive into anything that she could call her own…anything that she could gain that self-worth from. That’s what's cool to me. A lot of people would think, ‘I’m 50, I never did it..I guess I never get to do it. And SHE said, ‘I’m 50, I’ve never done it, let’s do it, let’s try something new.”
The Warner home is now filled with Brenda’s pieces, including a Hall of Fame trophy she designed for her husband to honor his Canton induction. “They literally look like you just pulled them out of an art gallery,” Kurt says.
Now, Brenda is opening herself up and selling her pieces. MetalArtbyB is now in business.
All of the proceeds go to Treasure House, a supportive living community for young adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities.
The Warners built Treasure House with there son, Zachary in mind. This month, Treasure House will welcome its first group of six residents, including Zack.
“My son now lives there, and other young adults are now getting this full life and getting a new purpose on life,” Brenda says.
“This whole artist thing is still weird to me. But I know I’m doing it for a reason now because all the proceeds are going to Treasure House. So it all fits together. Everything makes more sense to me now.”
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