I recently began creating a series of watercolor and ink sketches / paintings featuring historic music venues, blues clubs and juke joints. This painting features Frenchie's Bar, a juke-joint located in Melrose Louisiana during the 1930's and 40's. This painting was created using India ink and watercolor and is printed with a vintage / retro style.
The source photo used for this painting was taken by a photographer named Marian Post Walcott, taken as part of the Farm Security Agency (FSA), a federal body that provided salaries for photographers who traveled the United States making an historical document of America during the difficult times of the Great Depression. Walcott spent three years traveling the country as part of the FSA program, and while in Louisiana, she took this photo of Frenchie's Bar.
Frenchie's was what was known in Southern parlance as a “juke joint", an establishment that featured music, dancing gambling and drinking, primarily operated by African-Americans. Usually found at rural crossroads like Melrose, juke joints catered to the rural black workforce who were barred from white roadhouses by Jim Crow laws.
Art Prints are printed on Museum-quality, long lasting matte (uncoated) archival paper. This poster paper is more yellowish (off white) as no optical brighteners are used during production. Paper-weight: 250 gsm / 110 lb- S hipped in sturdy protective packaging.