Here a few years ago, I went into Katy to spend Mother’s Day with my youngest daughter and grandson. When I got to her house, she asked me if I had ever been to the ORANGE SHOW. No, I hadn’t.
Now, I’m thinking it must be some type of production entertainment – maybe a play of sorts that shows around Mother’s Day ---- Orange SHOW. Cool and off we went.
OK – if you have never been to the Orange Show and live in or around the Houston area or are wanting a daytrip – you need to go there. It is amazing and entertaining and a ma zing!
The Orange Show is a folk-art architectural milieu located at 2402 Munger in Houston’s east side. I don’t know if it suffered damage from THE GREAT FLOOD OF 2017 so, it would probably be best to call before going – 713-926-6368.
Just a little history – “Houston postman, Jeff McKissack, created The Orange Show in honor of his favorite fruit and to illustrate his belief that longevity results from hard work and good nutrition. Working in isolation from 1956 until his death in 1980, McKissack used common building materials and found objects — bricks, tiles, fencing, farm implements — to transform an East End lot into an architectural maze of walkways, balconies, arenas and exhibits decorated with mosaics and brightly painted iron figures.” It is a totally cool place. There are things to see, things to read, things to climb on, places to sit and contemplate the show. I loved it!
It’s a large area – about 3000 sq.ft that includes an oasis, a wishing well, a pond, a stage, a museum, a gift shop, and all sorts of other things. The most amazing fact is each piece of the Orange Show was hand-placed, hand-painted by Mr. McKissak.
Right next door to the Orange Show is Smither Park. Words cannot describe it adequately. It is a wonderful whimsical artistic venue for a day out. There is an amphitheater, a memory wall, meditation area, covered pavilion, swings and interactive sculpture. Look closely at all the mosaic work and you’ll see that each piece was created out of recycled and found materials.
Most of the mosaic creations are three-dimensional. Looking around you’ll see colorful trees, octopi, rocket ships, owls, mermaids, flowers, people, bulls, angels, serpents, chairs, fish, birds, bears and lots more all hiding in plain sight. I loved it!