Gingerbread House in McComb, MS and Rhinestones in WisconsinSunday, September 23, 2007
We've driven by the Gingerbread house in McComb MS (601 West Georgia Avenue) before, but this time we stopped so I could visit for a minute - they were having a garage sale so I figured this was the perfect opportunity to chat!
This is a pic we took of the house back in February of last year:
Bette Mott, who owns the house, wasn't outside, but I talked to her husband (I think he had a different last name) and he talked about how she has decorated the house for years and years now, and how she collects gingerbread and dolls . There was lots of both in the yard sale. I bought two gingerbread placemats for $.50/ea...how could you go to that house and not leave with something gingerbread, right?! I don't know what in the world I will ever do with them, but it only seemed right...
Her husband said lots of people stop to take a picture of this decorated doghouse!
McComb is also where Loy Bowlin lived - he was known as 'The Original Rhinestone Cowboy'. There's a really good article about him here from Raw Magazine. His home has been packed up and moved to exhibit at the Kohler Arts Center in Wisconsin....and since this *is* Kohler after all, they also do this. Wow!
The senior curator at the arts center is the editor for a new book called Sublime Spaces and Visionary Worlds: Built Environments of Vernacular Artists that's coming out on September 27th - Loy Bowlin's house is among the work that will be featured.