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Don Coley And RoseLane, Bottle Trees, Beer Can Bushes, And Venus de Milo

Friday, December 04, 2009

We found Don Coley and his RoseLane antiques, garden, and art shop (334-683-8310) by accident. We were on Clements Street in Marion and began seeing all these signs and bottle trees along the road:

...and followed them to his shop. It's a large garden shop on the outside, complete with bottle trees, a beer can bush, and more art:

Inside is a gorgeous old home - it's Don's home - that's completely open to the public as his art studio and gallery:

This is a painting Don did of the community with cotton fields. He signs his artwork not as 'Don Coley' but rather as 'White Trash':

Just look at all the wonderful things he has - old folk pottery (which...that's one of the new things Don is working on - he was given a large kiln and has been digging his own mud and making pieces including face jugs):

He has everything from a painting by Nicola Marschall to works by people who are completely unfamiliar:

His home is just something else. Anyone else having a Scarlett O'Hara moment like I did with these drapes?





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My friend Janet who has the lovely blog Selma, Ala. Daily Photo had a post about Don's artwork here.

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One of the funniest things is that Don sold a Venus de Milo statue to a gentleman who owns a gas station, and they placed it between the pumps (those old '70s non-digital pumps with the numbers that roll). Av's friend Al Benn did a story about it in 2007 because a woman would come by at night and dress the statue:

Perry County’s Venus de Milo lives between two gas pumps and has had her armless, near-naked body draped in everything from a colorful boa to a maternity outfit.

Unlike the original Venus, which is on display at the Louvre in Paris and attracts thousands of tourists each year, the one here is outside a convenience store where folks drop by to get some hoop cheese, saltines and RC colas.

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The mystery clothier began adding some color to the gray statute about two weeks after her arrival, initially draping a pink-and-yellow boa around her neck.

After that, Venus wound up in a one-piece orange bathing suit. A few weeks later, she was decked out in a maternity outfit, complete with pillow. Soon, a larger pillow was added, apparently by someone who wanted to show her “progress."

Then, the “blessed event" arrived -- a “baby" with bright yellow hair, chubby cheeks and a green dress. She was carefully placed in a metal carrier and draped around Venus’ neck.

Love it!

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