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!
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…
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.