Artists of West Baton Rouge
On January18, 2020 the West Baton Rouge Museum will open a new exhibition, Artists of West Baton Rouge, that puts the spotlight on the many artists who have ties to West Baton Rouge Parish. The exhibition was inspired by the recent designation of Port Allen as a Louisiana Cultural District. A public call to artists was issued for submissions and the museum’s curatorial staff selected the pieces on display. Various mediums will be on display including original paintings, sculptures, and photographs. The artists participating in the exhibit have ties to West Baton Rouge Parish and many of their works are inspired by the local environment. The Artists of West Baton Rouge exhibit runs through March 22, 2020.
Juke Joint Men
The West Baton Rouge Museum is pleased to announce a new exhibition and publication entitled Juke Joint Men. The exhibit features the collages of local bluesmen by J K Lawson and the musically inspired metal sculptures of Port Allen native Ronald Trahan.
John K Lawson is a native of Birmingham, England who now resides in south Louisiana. Known for his colorful collages and other mixed media art, Lawson has been featured in Country Roads Magazine and his work commissioned by numerous festivals across the state. After attending an event at the museum’s juke joint, John agreed to do a book highlighting local Blues legends with the West Baton Rouge Museum. The result is a series of collages and biographies of Blues musicians from the Westside of the river.
Ronald Trahan is a nationally known sculptor who is on the Artist Roster of the Arts Council of Greater Baton Rouge. He sculpts in bronze using a welding process to create figures inspired by childhood visits to the Mardi Gras in New Orleans. His jazz musician and second line dance sculptures have been highly sought after at the New Orleans Jazz Fest for decades.
Past exhibits are available to community organizations such as schools, churches, and libraries upon availability. For more information call Director of Interpretation Kathe Hambrick at 225-336-2422 ext. 207 or Curator of Collections Elizabeth Brantley at 225-2336-2422 ext. 206.