Orange is the New… Art!

Described as a strange folk art experience, The Orange Show is one of the many facets of the ever-growing Houston art scene.  This gem comes from the mind of the creative genius Jeff D. McKissack who has left us with a lasting impression with his art.  At the moment, the weather could not be much better in Houston, so it’s the perfect time to take in the sights of the Center for Visionary Arts.

The Orange Show is made up of handmade architecture that fills the 3000 square foot outdoor environment.  This includes an oasis, a wishing well, a pond, a stage, museum, a gift shop and several upper decks.  Each piece of the monument was hand places and hand painted by the late great McKissack.  The Orange show took 23 years to be completed after the first piece was selected in 1956.

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When McKissack died, Marilyn Oshman formed a non-profit foundation to preserve the Orange Show that includes Dominique de Menil and members of the Texas rock band ZZ Top.  To date 28 murals have been created under the Orange Show auspices.  Events involve at risk youth in community enriching art projects and showcase the Orange Shows ability to make basic elements of art tangible and accessible.  The Orange Show is “a living example of how individual vision can dramatically enrich community and culture.”

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In the spring months, The Orange Show is open Saturday and Sundays from 12 – 5 pm.  Admission is $5.00 for adults and children under 12 are free.  Enrich yourself and take a look at something a bit different from the usual art spots and see one of the most unique attractions in America.