On October 23 of this year, 2014, I left Austin for a couple weeks to tour the Deep South, reconnect with my roots in Virginia, and introduce myself to some more well, and lesser known folk art environments in the region. I deemed this trip the inaugural “VOMA Visionary Tour.” My first stop was the Abita Mystery House, formerly known as the UCM Museum, created and maintained by visionary artist/inventor, John Preble.
Disclaimer: All photos taken with Iphone 5 by crummy photographer
In the small town of Abita Springs, Louisiana, most commonly known for its brewery, the Abita Mystery House sits hidden in plain sight just footsteps from the town square. Housed in an old gas station, the building now serves as part museum, antique mall, science lab, ongoing art installation, arcade, and finally, a soapbox for its creator to voice his feelings about FRACKING.
Here we go.
A good many of the dioramas and inventions were interactive – wherein you can push a button and things will start spinning around moving up and down.
Two tools necessary in making sincere art.
(This photo was taken in a historic outdoor dance hall in downtown Abita Springs where I sat and smoked a cigarette and tried not to shit my pants from all the fun I had in New Orleans the night before. It was not part of the Abita Mystery House, but it was old and pretty, and begging to be Instagrammed.)
Thanks John Preble for this little nugget of American folk art gold. Definitely worth a visit if you’re heading north out of New Orleans. Stay tuned for the next installment of photos from the VOMA Visionary Tour, and for more information on the Abita Mystery House, google it or click here.