When the thermometer hovers around 100 degrees in Dallas,
it’s easy to see that art consultant and gallerist Scot Presley and his husband have the best of both worlds.
Their summers are spent at their home in the idyllic ocean-side art community of Provincetown, Massachusetts.
“Our lives in Ptown are very simple, we reduce our square footage by at least one-third, and we are connected to the community and live a small-town routine.
We rarely drive; it’s very refreshing.” It’s also home to their year-old On Center Gallery, which recently mounted The Big D Art Slam,
a showing of Dallas artists in conjunction with VisitDallas, a nonprofit promoting business
and tourism in the area. “I was thrilled to be able to give these great Texas artists a voice in New England.
And because Ptown is such a tourist destination, we reach a national and international audience—names like Allison V. Smith, Pamela Nelson, Thom Jackson, Heather Gorham, Jay Maggio, and others.”
The rest of the year spent here in Dallas is no slouch either; we are visiting their marvelous light-filled home backing up to and overlooking Turtle Creek.
With renovation plans by Paul Pedigo of Larson Pedigo Architects, and the help of their friend and designer Lee Lormand,
this red brick townhome built in the 1970s has been transformed into a modern, airy art gallery onto itself.
Salmon carpet and brown wood paneling have given way to polished white oak floors and white walls for art.
You already know this is an interesting home when through the glass front door you see a nearly human-size painting
by Devon Noland, Leaving Nothing Behind—a favorite of Presley’s because it resembles and reminds him of his grandfather.
The entry hall opens with Verb Series, four pastel graphics by Jerry Cabrera, a find from Craighead Green’s New Texas Talent annual show. Presley worked at the gallery for 15 years and was manager for the last 10 years.
“Kenneth (Craighead) and Steve (Green) taught me so much about art and awakened my passion for collecting—we are still great friends,” says Presley.
On a Ligne Roset bench resides a sculpture by Deborah Ballard from Valley House Gallery.
A sculptor who specializes in the human form, this is from her Celebration 7 series and one of three Ballards they own.
Above, an assemblage by Norman Kary portrays the artist’s response to a local children’s tragedy.
The light fixture is Sorenthia by Studio Dunn. Leading up the stairs, a series of glazed-clay works by Marla Ziegler are mounted.
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