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Clopton was well-known for her spider-web paintings, each created in a small cedar closet. Clopton was well-known for her spider-web paintings, each created in a small cedar closet.
The new-age store features a re-created version of Clopton's art closet. The new-age store features a re-created version of Clopton's art closet.
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HUNTSVILLE, AL (WAFF) -

Ron Gray and his wife began their business 22 years ago. They are licensed massage therapists and run a new age store, the Dream Maker, with metaphysical gifts. The business is in a converted house which got it's start long ago with an early Huntsville family.

"It was the original Merrimack farmhouse site," said Ron Gray.

Gray said it was a later resident who became the well-known artist. "A little bit later, they built the Mill Village and moved into their mansion. And they sold their house to Clopton, who was managing their company store."

He said a fire destroyed the original house in 1925, and the current structure was built in 1926.

Gray's wife Jerrine said it was Clopton's wife, Anne Bradshaw Clopton, who became known internationally. "Because she was well known for her paintings on spider webs. She painted in a cedar closet. And she had a tiny space because she painted on a very small spider web."

The owners of the Dream Maker went to great pains to recreate the closet she used to make these wonderful paintings, from the cedar lining right down to the bottle caps she used to mix the paint.

"She made a little cardboard frame and she would catch them and then manage to keep together," said Jerrine Gray.  They had detailed photographs made of her work. "Because they are beginning to disintegrate.

"She was well known nationally. We have a video from the Smithsonian that was made. She exhibited at world fairs, and she had a very larger reputation than just in Huntsville", added Jerrine Gray.

The artist was also a teacher and girl scout leader, and she even ran for public office.

The Grays keep this replica in tribute to a lady who brought the world's attention to the artistic flair of these miniature masterpieces in Bobby's Bama.

You can find out more about the Dream Maker at their website here.

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