By Rande Archer
Fire, live-music, and fresh art are coming together for a sneak peek this Friday at Baton Rouge’s latest art cooperative space. Located at 524 North Foster Street at the former Southside Motors building, the sneak peek is set to demonstrate the possibilities for local artists and feature a variety of art from visual artists, musicians and performers.
Setting a warm mood with an inviting bonfire, the air will also be filled with tunes from blues and southern rock group Bayou Bullets and blues and folk artist Chelsea Rainwater. In addition, performances such as fire dancing will be performed by the Baton Rouge performance company Luminosity Productions, along with a performance art piece about the Old South performed by Brittney Morse. Headling the event will be Tracie Mearidy & The THC Factor.
Artwork on display will be from Michelle Elder Illustrator, Leiana Loveday Funck, Mike Carambat, Michael A. Walker, Mike Long, Jana King, and Michael Terrell Decuir. Of note, Carambat will be allowing visitors to make their own art with an ElektaScribe, and Long will be showcasing his chainmail jewelry and his light reactive paintings.
Originally a space for car maintenance and storage, artists Michelle Elder of Michelle Elder Illustrator and Paul Ruez of Pruez Art have taken the space over to create a creative environment where artists of various degrees could showcase their talents. This sneak peak will be a preview to showcase what artists will have available to them at the 524 N. Foster building, should they be interested in renting space.
“Just bring your best work, and have fun,” said Elder. “We will be working in conjunction with The Garage Menswear Clothing Shop and MPCG Power Tour After Party. Right down the street from us, they are having a car show and pinup contest to celebrate the end of the Power Tour.”
Hot Rod Networks “Power Tour” will finish its 21st running annual nationwide tour in Baton Rouge earlier in the day at the Lamar Dixon Expo Center. The tour hosts an abundance of odd and classic vehicles, which started its massive nationwide trek from Madison, Wisconsin last week.
Keeping up with the automotive history of the building, the venue features seating constructed out of old car seats in addition to an old Toyota Land Cruiser that will be used in a tailgate style fashion.
According to Elder, her partner in this venture is hoping to host continuous events in the space. In addition, an online company who produces cellphone docks has already rented out space in one of the studio bays.
“We would love to have a variety of shows in the future,” said Elder. “Anything from punk to rhythm and blues. We are laid back, this is a spot to come chill by the bonfire in the courtyard.”
Although the weekend is set to host an uncomfortable storm in the Baton Rouge area, the party will still continue despite the chance of inclement weather. In case of rain, space has been left aside for the musicians to move their stage indoors as well as the guests.