to Art Stuff We Like
Francie Rich satirical
portraits of dogs, people and Barbies
John Hodge Pottery decorative
pottery, milagros and ex-votives in glazed and painted finishes.
Folk Art Worlds
The Abita Mystery House is a folk art world. Here are links to
other "self made worlds" or "art environments."
SegPlay is a fun, free, and challenging interactive artistic experience
to allow to you color in images, without lifting a paint brush or crayon
New Orleans Museum of Art
This is the museum that brings the big traveling art exhibitions to
New Orleans. Of course, they have exhibited my work. I like
the curator, John Bullard. If you go, look them up and tell them
hello for me. They are fans of the Abita Mystery House.
The Walter Anderson Museum
Walter was a very passionate artist in Ocean Springs, Mississippi.
He and his brother, Peter, started Shearwater Pottery, which still exists
there. I met Peter a couple of times when he was in his eighties(?).
The last time I saw him he was riding a bike barefoot and said that
that he didn't have time to talk because he was going to chase blackberries.
There are a lot of Walter Anderson stories in the area, like about the
time he rode a bike to China or something. Walter's work has been reproduced
beautifully on tee shirts. Ocean Springs is about 90 minutes from the
Abita Mystery House, on the Mississippi Gulf Coast.
Much of America's great art can be seen from the window of a passing
car. This site has a good link page.
Outsider Art Online
Outsider art is popular, some people say my work is outsider art,
but since I went to college I am not considered an outsider. Outside
artists are not supposed to be educated. This site has a great
link page even though it stopped updating their pages.
Bottle Cap Art
This guy has a nice collection. The Abita Mystery House has over
a 1/4 million bottle caps and bottles decorating our place.
We met Howard a couple of years ago at his Paradise Garden. There
was a lot of 'Finster like' work for sale; it was even signed by him!
The day were day a college professor and his girl friend was buying
one of the 'signed' pieces. He was 'out of it' the day we saw
him, claiming the exhaust from jet airlines were causing the Earth to
heat up (but then maybe he's right.) I took a good photo of my
son, Andrew (age 12) making monkey sings behind Howard back. One
day I will post it. I think I remember seeing Howard on the old
Johnny Carson show years ago.
Various roadside attractions in Minnesota.
The Orange Show
A major folk art landscape in Houston. We share a lot of fans.
This was built before building inspectors and architects (actually I
don't mind building inspectors.)
The Museum of International Folk Art
A major museum In Santa Fe, but don't see it without seeing Tinkertown,
(as mentioned at the top of this page - it's, the real thing).
Gulf Coast Arts & Entertainment Review
Dedicated to covering the visual and performing arts in Texas, Louisiana,
Mississippi, Alabama and Florida
This museum has been seen by millions of visitors on their way to the
well-known Nevada ghost town of Rhyolite. (The Abita Mystery House has
been seen be millions as they looked out of their airplanes and jets
while flying over southeast Louisiana.)
The Attic Gallery
A nice couple in Vicksburg who have a wonderful gallery with lots of
outsider art from the area. About 3 hours from the Abita Mystery
House. If you are in the area please go see them and buy something.
George Ohr Museum
This museum celebrates the story of the Mad Potter of Biloxi, Mississippi.
George made pottery during the 1910's. He was great showman and
claimed to be the world's best potter. For one Mardi Gras parade
in Biloxi he piggybacked onto a moving parade with a truck driven by
a friend. On the back of the truck he placed himself up on a wooden
cross and dressed himself as Christ on the cross. He was run out
of town for a while after that. In the 1960's the Ohr family
showed an antique dealer a stash of about 1000 pots George had packed
away when he changed profession (he became a car dealer). The
antique dealer bought them all, wrote a book about George, and 'crazy'
George was discovered. This museum is in part of the town's library;
they did a good job on the exhibit and also display other artists in
other rooms in the museum. Biloxi is about 75 minutes from the
Abita Mystery House.
Lounge Bobby enjoys writing songs about the south and about
people with robust lifestyles. He chooses to avoid the limelight when
not performing on stage. However, on stage, Bobby is a energetic entertainer
in the tradition of Little Richard, Bobby Marchand, and Jerry Lee Lewis.
His song writing style has been described as "Randy Newman with
bite." Some songs are not appropriate for children.
The above links
were listed in no special order.
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