PENNVILLE — A sign marked with white paint in Howard Finster’s Paradise Garden says, “I took the pieces, you threw away and put them togather by night and day, washed by the rain, dried by the sun, a million pieces all in one.”
On Sunday afternoon, a few of those pieces were put “togather” under a new roof when the Paradise Garden Foundation opened an addition to the eccentric folk artist’s former home — the Paradise Garden Visitor Center.
The new visitor center, located at the corner of Rena Street and North Lewis Street in Pennville, is an annex to the 1940s bungalow home that Howard Finster purchased in the 1980s to use as his workshop and studio.
The center is open Tuesday through Saturday, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sundays from 1 to 5 p.m.
Jordan H. Poole, executive director of the Paradise Garden Foundation, said Finster’s original sidewalks were saved during the construction and the building annex brought out the angle of the building.