Austin may have the publicly known title for weirdness, but Houston is secretly weird too- I’m talking a hodgepodge maze of varying building materials and designs collectively dedicated to iconic Houston postman Jeff McKissack’s favorite fruit, an orange, weird.
One of my favorite and most unique attractions of the city is the Orange Show Center for Visionary Art, a location for all things quirky, folk art and performances. The Orange Show consequently inspired other Houston quirks like the Art Car Parade and museum as well as mural-laced venue and outdoor space adorned in stained glass, shells, stones, Smither Park; The Orange Show is under the same commission as The Beer Can House as well.
Directed by a 2013 Houston Press “Top 100 Creative” Ashley Horn Nott and funded by the Houston Arts Alliance, Wishing Well is a new dance project calling The Orange Show Monument home. Wishing Well will perform twice on Saturday October 3rd at 2PM and again at 7PM. Tickets are pay what you can, a popular way to attract patrons to the art and assist fellow industry performers, with a suggested giving of $12.
“Wishing Well begins with a live dance performance in Smither Park, a park-in-progress adjacent to the Orange Show dedicated to long time Orange Show supporter and board member John Smither. The park currently houses a collaborative community-built mural wall and other unique architectural features. The dancers lead the performance into the Orange Show Monument and wind their ways through the paths and halls until reaching the main stage.”
Wishing Well features dancers Daniel Adame, Shanon Adams, Jacquelyne Boe, Taylor Martin, Mollie Miller, Alex Soares, Prudence Sun, and Tina Shariffskul.
You cannot call yourself a true Houstonian without visiting The Orange Show Monument. Pay homage to the creative force that has since sparked a visual arts movement, attracting local talent and beyond to express themselves in the most colorful of ways. Wishing Well is sure to be an exciting event perfectly set in the middle of Houston history and the cultural mecca of “EaDo,” East Downtown, Houston.
The Orange Show is located at 2402 Munger St Houston, TX 77023
For more information about The Orange Show Center for Visual Arts including The Beer Can House, Smither Park, Art Car Parade click here.
All media courtesy of The Orange Show, www.orangeshow.org and ashleyhorndance.com