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Weird Homes Tour Returns Oct. 7


The Art House of Bonnie Blue, where the home itself is the canvas for her unique folk creations.

One-Of-A-Kind Event Showcases The City’s Most Extraordinary Living Spaces

Weird Homes Tour is pleased to announce its return to Houston on Saturday, Oct.7 from 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. to take fans on a journey into some of the city’s most extraordinary homes. Take a peek into the lives of Houstonians who have blurred the line between art space and living space, and live amongst a breathtaking array of art and unique collections.

The Weird Homes Tour is a self-paced and self-driving tour of nine of Houston’s remarkable homes. Tickets are $30 to see all but one of the homes, spread across different neighborhoods in Houston, and $50 to unlock access to the VIP home of Lester Marks and attend the VIP party from 6-9 p.m. Weird Homes Tour is a family friendly event where kids 13 and under can tour for free.

The tour will give back by donating a portion of all ticket sales to a local affordable housing charity, New Hope Housing (newhopehousing.com), an organization that works to provide life-stabilizing, affordable, permanent housing with support services for people who live on very limited incomes. Most recently, New Hope Housing has been working directly with Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner to provide temporary housing for 300 Hurricane Harvey flood victims whose homes were destroyed and who are still awaiting federal support. Weird Homes Tour supports its vision to be an enduring institution serving Houston’s most vulnerable citizens, especially those who have nowhere to go after losing everything during Harvey.

The homes on the tour will be those of artists, collectors of oddities, rare art collectors and more, and only visitors of the Weird Homes Tour will get a glimpse inside the walls of these truly unique Houston spaces. Returning favorites on the tour include Sue Shefman’s Hippo­lotofus Home with her collection of over 2,000 hippos, including her well-known hippo art car; and The Art House of Bonnie Blue, where the home itself is the canvas for her unique folk creations.

New to the tour are singer Selia Qynn’s Secret Garden, a backyard oasis tucked away on three quarters of an acre in Spring Branch; the 1904 Heights Portrait Home of artist Anne Reese Hernandez, who lovingly paints portraits of her life and the people and pets in it; and the art studio/living space of celebrated artist Sharon Kopriva, who for more than 30 years has combined two- and three-dimensional media often with fusions of papier-mâché and found objects, and is known for creating mummy-like, haunting sculptural pieces. Sharon’s living space inside the studio has been a temporary home to many world-renowned artists who have left clever messages on the bathroom door to com­memorate their time there.

Additionally, tour-goers will get the downtown loft experience with three residents of the historic Dakota Lofts. The KGA Com­pound of interior designer Kelly Gale Amen is a home filled with the juxtaposition of extremes that just seem to fit perfectly together. Amen’s home is equal parts humorous, dark, sentimental, eclectic, and erotic. Also in the Dakota Lofts is the Working Studio of Alix Dunn, who lives and works amongst the Greek and Roman-style busts and the paintings she creates, and the collection of Dirk and Susie Stronck, housed in their loft space. It features a sarcophagus in the entrance welcoming guests, 16th and 17th century prints, Pre-Colombian art dating B.C., and more in what is indeed one of the most interesting homes in Houston.

Also new this year, VIP ticket holders will get to unlock access to one additional home, The Lester Marks Collection. Only those who purchase VIP tickets will have access to this stunning inner loop home with an unforgettable collection of modern and contemporary art that will take your breath away.

The Weird Homes Tour was founded in Austin in 2014 by Chelle and David J. Neff, who had a vision to showcase the places that make Austin fun, irreverent, strange, and dynamic. After three successful tours in Austin, the Neffs brought the Weird Homes Tour to Houston in 2016 with the help of Lott Entertainment. With sell-out attendance in its first year, the Weird Homes Tour made its mark on Houston, and is sure to raise the bar this year. The Weird Homes Tour is also expanding beyond Texas and will add New Orleans to its roster this fall.

The Neffs say of the tour they founded, “Picasso once said, ‘Art washes away from the soul the dust of everyday life.’ As we worry about cuts to arts funding all over America, The Weird Homes Tour is the only tour in America that opens up the homes of outsider artists for all Americans to enjoy. And we can’t wait to do that in Austin, Houston and New Orleans this year.”

For more information and to buy tickets, visit weirdhomestour.com.

 

Selia Qynn’s Secret Garden – New to the tour is Selia Qynn’s Secret Garden, a backyard oasis tucked away on three quarters of an acre in Spring Branch.

 

The Lester Marks Collection – New this year, VIP ticket holders will get to unlock access to one additional home, The Lester Marks Collection. This stunning inner loop home has an unforgettable collection of modern and contemporary art that will take your breath away.

 

KGA Compound of Kelly Gale Amen – The KGA Com­pound of Kelly Gale Amen is a home filled with the juxtaposition of extremes that just seem to fit perfectly together. Amen’s home is equal parts humorous, dark, sentimental, eclectic, and erotic.

 

Sue Shefman’s Hippolotofus Home – A returning favorite is Sue Shefman’s Hippo­lotofus Home with her col­lect­ion of over 2,000 hippos, including her well-known hippo art car.

 

Anne Reese Portrait Home – The 1904 Heights Portrait Home of artist Anne Reese Hernandez, who lovingly paints portraits of her life and the people and pets in it.

 


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