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Outsider Art in Abita Springs
Founded by Abita impresario John Preble, the mystery house was inspired by roadside attractions of the mid-20th century and by Preble’s own intensely creative spark.
Visitors of all ages find something to enjoy here, from Preble’s vignettes on Southern life to the colorful House of Shards.
A vintage gas station serves as the entrance and gift shop for the labyrinth of buildings connected by walkways. The collections within include interactive gizmos and more than 50,000 found and recycled objects presented creatively and with humor.
Many visitors come and go without ever realizing the poufy-haired man behind the madness is also a fine artist; his portraits of Creole women with glowing skin and seductive, golden eyes have found their way into many collections.
Preble’s studio is there on the grounds of the Abita Mystery House, but you’ll have to ask to see his paintings. Do.
You won’t want to miss the gift shop either. An eclectic emporium stuffed with wacky and wonderful miscellany from art prints to clock purses, lovely silver jewelry to Einstein action figures, it’s worth a visit on its own.