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More Roadside Attractions…Southern-style

Texas? Arkansas? P. O. Photo Op 500 Wood St Texarkana, Ar or TX This post office straddles the state lines of Arkansas and Texas, and the folks of Texarkana are keenly aware of the photo op. There is even a railing to lean against for…

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Welcome to Beaumont – Lonnie Flanagan’s Junk Barn & AMSET

So, we are heading to the Art Museum of Southeast Texas (AMSET) to see the Felix Fox Harris exhibit, and along Martin Luther King Blvd is this amazing environment.  Despite the name “Junk Barn” that artist/owner Lonnie Flanagan has endowed, the objects are placed with…

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Eye of the World – Folk Art Carvings in a Steakhouse!

Texas is hot hot hot, but sure, let’s stop at a steak house for lunch.  The Lone Star Steak House contains something quite remarkable along one of its walls in the back room. Wow!!!  Using cigar boxes and wood scraps, Greek immigrant John Gavrelos started carving while…

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Mardi Gras Museum – feel the love!

This hidden gem, and I mean hidden in an old school-turned-art-center-with-no-signage, is a hoot to visit. The Mardi Gras Museum is a feathered extravaganza with jaw dropping costumes and freaky animated mannequins is a must see. It is the largest collection of Mardi Gras costumes…

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Opening Night in Lake Charles

The Detour Art exhibit opened Friday night at the Historic City Hall in Lake Charles, LA.  The turnout was terrific, and the exhibit itself was beautifully set up.  Imagine my shock when I was driving up to the building and saw the 2 story banner…

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Istre Cemetery Houses

Driving between Lafayette and Lake Charles, I took a detour to see if I could find Istre Cemetery, an old graveyard that still had “cemetery houses.”     Once numbering in the hundreds, only three grave houses remain.  200 years ago, Acadian settlers in southwest…

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Melrose Plantation and Clementine Hunter

So, I thought I would stop by the Melrose Plantation “real quick” on my journey south.  I had read a bit about it, and wanted to see the murals of Clementine Hunter.  Little did I realize that I would stay the better part of the…

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Detour Art is heading to Lake Charles, LA

It is finally happening!  3 years in the planning and the art is on the road!   The City of Lake Charles will host a new traveling exhibition entitled Detour Art—Outsider, Folk Art, and Visionary Environments Coast to Coast. The public is invited to the…

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Vollis Simpson's Whirligig Park to Move

(Thanks to Robert Long for letting me know about this article on the News Observer web site) NEWS & OBSERVER FILE PHOTO – ROBERT WILLETT Vollis Simpson, 91, has made the whirligigs his life’s work. He and his wife, Jean, are selling 32 large pieces…

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Annie Wellborn 1928-2010

(photos courtesy of Ted Oliver, Oliver’s Folk Art) It has been a hard month for folk art. Annie Geraldine Wellborn, one of the most well-known folk artists in Georgia, died early this morning at her home near Statham. Wellborn, who would have turned 82 next…

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