Weird Homes Tour Showcases Houston’s Artists and Collectors
By Susie Tommaney | Photos by Thanin Viriyaki
Weird Homes Tour® has grown over the years to include explorations into the strange and wonderful dwellings of New Orleans, Detroit, Portland and Austin, but this month the spotlight is on Houston with some returning favorites and a few new surprises. Read more about the homes and gardens that can be toured through either an individual ticket or by purchasing the VIP ticket with exclusive access.
Those with a green thumb, or hopes of getting there, will want to explore Selia Qynn’s amazing backyard habitat that has been certified by the National Wildlife Federation. From waterfalls and a koi pond to wine cork murals and tin can men, there are secrets to be found in all sorts of nooks and crannies. Just as fascinating is the 1897 Victorian farmhouse owned by Jay Wehnert and Victoria Harrison; we featured their curated back yard in June but the interior is even more fascinating, with whimsical folk art at every turn.
Art collecting has been taken to a whole new level by Lester Marks, who has been recognized as one of the top 100 collectors in the nation. So it’s always a joy when we get a chance to tour his fascinating home with the botanical tree-topped man, the spooning creature from another realm, or the floating eye in a padded room.
Rock star Bonnie Blue is opening the doors to her home again, too. Well-known on the art car circuit, the Rock Lady also has gained fame painting celebrity portraits on rocks. Another artist on the tour is internationally known glass artist Kim Clark Renteria; she and her team transform spaces into something metaphysical through the use of stained glass.
Everybody’s got a passion, and for Sue Shefman that passion is the glorious hippo. She’s welcoming guests back to the Hippolotofus House with stuffed animals, backyard whimsy, and a hippo-themed car and bathroom.
There are a few other surprise stops on this year’s Weird Homes Tour® Houston, so check the website for new additions and remember it’s all for a good cause. Five percent of each tour benefits local organizations that fight for affordable housing; here in Houston the tour benefits New Hope Housing. Tickets are $30 in advance or $35 on the day of the event, or upgrade for a $55 VIP ticket and gain exclusive access.
Weird Homes Tour® Houston
September 28, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.