This is the place where I round up a corral chock-full of mixed media art, vintage collections, digital escapades, and some occasionally snarky observations about life with junk, books, rescue dogs and nearly-grown children.

Wednesday, August 18, 2010

The Orange Show

 McKissack created this environment right in suburbia.
Modest homes surround the Orange Show.

If you're in Houston, you need to visit the amazing and astonishing "Orange Show" environment created by the late Jefferson Davis McKissack. Now managed by a foundation and staffed by dedicated volunteers, The Orange Show is a star attraction in East Houston.

 Eye candy abounds at The fabulous Orange Show.

I have been to the site several times--it is a wonderful place to take visitors, truly a gem.  This Sunday, I took my daughter and her girlfriend, after they decided that the Delta Con Gaming Event wasn't worth the $20 entry fee.  We had driven down from The Woodlands to the University of Houston campus, which is only blocks from Munger Street, where the Orange show is located.

 A perfect spot for a fashion shoot!

We braved record-breaking heat to take a quick walk-through.  My daughter wants to go back for more photos when it's cooler.

Jeff McKissack, a mail carrier in Houston, Texas, transformed a small suburban lot near his wood frame house into The Orange Show in honor of his favorite fruit. Between 1956 and 1980, when he died, McKissack used common building materials and recycled junk such as bricks, tiles, fenc
ing, and farm implements to transform his home into an architectural maze of walkways, balconies, arenas and exhibits decorated with mosaics and brightly painted iron figures.—From Wikipedia

 I have one of these metal bucking broncos.
Originally they were ornaments for screen doors or fences.

These are my most recent photos from the Orange Show, but you can visit my Flickr page to view photos that date back to 2006.

I hope you enjoyed this virtual visit to this veritable oasis of art!


  1. I never knew this place existed. Thanks for sharing, T

  2. Check out for more info on this special art environment.


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