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WBR Museum hosts folk artist Batiste through March 30

Staff Writer
Plaquemine Post South

PORT ALLEN - The West Baton Rouge Museum will host a one-man show, Alvin Batiste Art: South Louisiana Folk Art Paintings from January 18 through March 30, 2014.

Self-taught artist Alvin Joseph Batiste, a native of Donaldsonville, began drawing pictures at the age of three. By the age of twenty-eight, Batiste had become a full-time painter.

Since then, Batiste has produced over 8,000 drawings and paintings. Today he is a well-known artist who paints memories of his childhood growing up in South Louisiana, as well as a myriad of contemporary themes.

His vibrant folk style art features scenes of story-telling and culinary traditions, rural and plantation life, vernacular architecture, portraits, religious events and the effects of Hurricane Katrina to name a few.

The broad range of subject matter captured in his paintings truly reflects rural Louisiana's culture.

Batiste refers to his style as "primitive" and enjoys portraying "country life" through his art.

Recently the Louisiana Department of Culture, Recreation, and Tourism, selected Batiste from one hundred artists to travel to Disney World to participate in "My Louisiana" and exhibit his artworks at Epcot's International Food and Wine Festival.

The West Baton Rouge Museum is located at 845 N. Jefferson Ave. in Port Allen.

For more information please call 336-2422 x15 or visit www.westbatonrougemuseum.com.