854 N. Jefferson Ave.
The West Baton Rouge Museum is pleased to announce a new exhibition and publication
entitled Juke Joint Men. The exhibit, which will open on August 17 and run through December 29, 2019,
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.
The 12’ x12’ hard cover publication, Juke Joint Men, will be available at the West Baton Rouge Museum
gift shop and select retailers beginning in August. The authors will be on hand for a book signing at the
museum in conjunction with a Cultural District Announcement Party on August 29th from 5PM – 8PM.
For more information call (225) 336-2422 x 200 or visit www.westbatonrougemuseum.com. The West
Baton Rouge Museum is located at 845 N. Jefferson Avenue in Port Allen.