View from Nellie Mae Rowe's Playhouse

Melinda Blauvelt
1949 -
1971, printed 2021.
Gelatin silver print
16 x 20 inches
Gift of the artist.

There exists a tradition of "yard shows" in the Southern United States, in which artists exhibit their creations in elaborate configurations on their properties. Rowe fashioned her yard into what she called her "playhouse." Visitors to Rowe's decorated yard encountered a cobbled pathway of bottle caps, homemade dolls, topiary, and Christmas ornaments hung from trees in an idiosyncratic adaptation of the African bottle tree tradition. This photo shows Rowe's playhouse with one of her life-size dolls seen from behind.
Edition of 15 (#3/15) -- Melinda Blauvelt.


View of playhouse, featuring doll by Nellie Mae Rowe in the center, with road and trees in the background.