Dick & Jane’s Spot in Ellensburg, WA


101 n pearl st

bear with a pile of heads



bike rims and reflectors



colorful fence slats

dick and janes spot

front porch

giant pencil

5 arrow

keys and reflectors

life is but a dream

nail post

ooh la la nice reflectors

peg teeth






tin man

wall of reflectors

what is this place

you are beautiful


A sign outside Dick & Jane’s Spot reads “What is this place?” What is this place, indeed? It’s a 37 year project in the making, a constantly evolving collaboration between outsider artists Richard C Elliot (1945-2008) and Jane Orleman that also serves as their home. As old pieces decay, they are replaced and restored, and thus Dick & Jane’s spot is in a constant state of flux–each year, there’s a new postcard for sale via a vending machine in the front yard that reflects the changes to the installation. Work from almost fifty other artists graces the yard as well. The Spring 2015 update outside the house describes Dick & Jane’s Spot as “What is this place: Art for the heart, from the heart, in the heart of Washington. Remember, one hearty laugh is worth ten trips to the doctor.”

The art and joyful spirit of Dick & Jane’s Spot did warm my heart and make me laugh multiple times. Their use of reflectors also reminded me powerfully of another outsider art house I visited in 2010: the now-demolished RichArt’s ArtYard. And the “you are beautiful” on the gate reminded me of Chicago’s “You Are Beautiful” project. Dick & Jane’s Spot, YOU are beautiful. And no one is going to miss you at night.

3 Comments Dick & Jane’s Spot in Ellensburg, WA

  1. christopher575 August 12, 2015 at 5:27 pm

    Aw, man! I spent a night in Ellensburg recently and had no idea anything this cool was there.

    1. Mellzah August 13, 2015 at 6:26 pm

      Aw, dang! Next time. 🙂

  2. Jess Bear August 21, 2015 at 2:45 pm

    This looks like so much fun!

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