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The Orange Show Easter Orange Hunt & PEEPS Art Contest: Creative Thinking & Tasty Results

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On Saturday, April 15, Houston will play host to the creative and ever-zany Orange Show Foundation annual Easter Orange Hunt! Children of all ages are invited to tour the Orange Show Monument (2402 Munger St.) which is an absolute playground of structures, moats, brightly colored objects and thingamajigs in order to collect candy-filled eggs, and other fun prizes candy, and (of course) oranges. The action starts at 11:00 a.m. sharp, so be there or hear crying in the parking lot because you didn’t make it on time!

The Orange Show Easter Orange Hunt & PEEPS Art Contest: Creative Thinking & Tasty Results

Photo: Facebook/Orange Show Center for Visionary Art

In conjunction with the event, the Orange Show will be hosting its fourth annual PEEPS Art Contest. Using these delicious marshmallow treats, contestants can make dioramas, sculptures, mosaics, and other works of art to vie for prizes and recognition on the Orange Show website! This Houston PEEPS Art Contest is designed to be about creativity. Many similar events take place in various cities across the U.S., but The Orange Show Center for Visionary Art hosts this exciting event in Houston for Texas participants to get their creativity on! Entrants are invited to bring their marshmallow masterpiece to the event before 11 a.m. to be eligible. A panel of judges will determine prize winners at 1 p.m. in both children’s (12 and under) and adult categories!

The Orange Show Easter Orange Hunt & PEEPS Art Contest: Creative Thinking & Tasty Results
Photo: Pinterest/Candace Hollinbeck

From 1956 to 1980, Jeff McKissack, a mail carrier in Houston, turned a small suburban lot close to his home into “The Orange Show,” honoring his favorite fruit. Upon his death, the architectural maze of brightly colored exhibits, walkways, balconies, and mosaics was preserved by Houston arts patron Marilyn Oshman, who formed a non-profit foundation for the project. The 21 donors towards the effort consisted of a diverse cross-section of Houstonians, including members of the rock band ZZ Top. In 1982, the restored site opened to the public, including a number of art programs featuring Houston-based artists, musicians, and literary figures. The venture was renamed The Orange Show Center for Visionary Art, and to this day it’s renowned for fostering access to and the development of creative thinking!

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