Down-sizing at 140 D Roberts Street

It has been over five years that I have been renting space at 140 D Roberts Street Studio from Shelley Pereda Camp. First it was Shelley and I with so much room. But last month, the space was divided to make room for a total of five artists  (adding Dona Barnett, Jean Marcellin, and Linda Cheek) with working ateliers along the window side and a front gallery space.

Big changes at 140 D Roberts St

Therefore I am downsizing–moving artwork back to my home studio where I work on my encaustics. I am also selling a lot of my older work.

This post is a review of a series of watercolor genre paintings I did in the 80s. One of these genre paintings, a Purchase Award from Wachovia Bank in 1985, recently came back to me. Its current owner had purchased it when Wachovia closed, liquidating its art collection. The owner is redecorating a smaller space and has asked me to re-sell it for him.

But a bit of history before I show you the two (plus one) watercolor genre paintings I still have in my possession.

When we moved from Kansas to North Carolina in 1981, I was painting watercolors and was a member of the Kansas Watercolor Society. After experiencing (and loving) the mountain culture of Asheville, I was inspired to do a series of  genre scenes of the “local color” at Asheville’s Dreamland (Theater) Flea Market (currently the site of Lowes in East Asheville).

Genre painting is about ordinary people doing ordinary things: a neighbor selling dolls and toys, a hunter selling a deer rack and crystal and pecans, and another vendor selling caps, the iconic North Carolina headgear.

Orphans at the Dreamland (below) is in a New York collection. In this painting the vendor’s dark glasses were a repeated motif for the orphan doll’s dark eyes. The realistic “baby” on the table is another image of rejection and abandonment.

Orphans at the Dreamland 39 x 33 1985
Orphans at the Dreamland    39 x 33  watercolor on paper  1985                      New York, NY

Hunting at the Dreamland is a rather common sight in the North Carolina mountains.  A local hunter stands in front of his pickup equipped with a gun rack. He is selling his trophy deer along with his Southern pecans and his incongruous crystal.
(Because the photos of sold work are old, they are a bit blurry and dark. I should have scanned my slides instead. But those are also from the “dark” ages!)

Hunting at the Dreamland
Hunting at the Dreamland  32 x 48 inches watercolor   1986                              Asheville, NC

NC Hats is not only about the hats, a North Carolina icon. It is about the model himself. The circular table casts a circular shadow like a stage light and emphasizes his importance.NC Hats watercolor
NC Hats  (32 x 42 inches)  watercolor                                                                    Pasadena, CA

Deal at the Dreamland is about the deal in process. A vendor reaches into his pocket–the big deal for a pair of shoes!
Deal at the Dreamland
Deal at the Dreamland  34 x 38 inches watercolor    1987  (sold at Art Works Gallery, NC)

There were several others in this genre series, but below are the three I currently have in my possession (including the one whose owner is offering it for re-sale).

Revival at the Dreamland has special significance for me because it won First Place in a two-state Art of the Carolinas Exhibit juried by Charles Stuckey, then curator of the Chicago Art Institute. He called it “Twin Peakish,” a reference to the 1980s TV series. Three girls are singing gospel music and selling their cassette tapes. For sale along the ground are art prints of the well-known painting Grace. I wanted to capture the irony of selling art and music at a flea market, which trivializes not only the art but also the gospel message.

Bomer Revival at the Dreamland  46 x 32 watercolor '91
Revival at the Dreamland (32 x 45 inches)   watercolor   POR

Stars Wars and the Big Dipper is another watercolor that questions American culture. The Apollo 14 patch on the vendor’s shirt is authentic, actually made in the Asheville Patch Factory. (I found it in a box of “seconds” at the flea market.) I added glow-in-the-dark stars to make the constellation of The Big Dipper. One can be seen in the man’s glasses. This watercolor compares man’s Star Wars plans and God’s Star Wars plans.

Star Wars S1
Star Wars and the Big Dipper  30 x 38 inches    watercolor   2500.00

And finally, the painting that is for re-sale. It is called The Pumpkin. The arms of a small child reach for a golden pumpkin, the focal point and symbol of hope. The red coat of a shopper covers this transaction in symbolic sacrifice.

The Pumpkin   30 x 45  watercolor      1500.

You will notice the dated gold metal frame on this piece. I plan to reframe it. If you are interested in purchasing this painting, please email me at

Come visit to see more of my older paintings that I am “liquidating.” And new paintings too!

SATURDAY OCT 12th!   140 D is hosting a GALA OPENING   5:00-9:00!
140 D Roberts Street Studio, Asheville

Hope to see you.
I will be posting more available works soon.

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3 Responses to Down-sizing at 140 D Roberts Street

  1. Kayse Dean says:

    Wish I could be there! But I look forward to the posting of more available works!

  2. Constance Vlahoulis says:

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