Happy Birthday, Janis Joplin

Happy Birthday, Janis Joplin
Avril Falgout

Avril Falgout

Port Arthur-born rock legend Janis Joplin would have turned 73 on Jan. 19.

Avril Falgout, Port Arthur-born artist, will unveil a papier-mache sculpture of Joplin at Museum of the Gulf Coast, on view Jan. 18 through Mardi Gras.

Joplin sang with the church choir in Port Arthur, made a big name for herself in Austin and an even bigger name in San Francisco. Her bluesy/rock voice full of soul and rebellious nature have made her an American legend.

The museum’s music hall of fame features a replica of Joplin’s psychedelic Porsche that was sold for $1.76 million at auction this December. Some of Joplin’s original artworks, a note to her mother and other paraphernalia are housed in the museum, along with tributes to The Big Bopper, Tex Ritter, Johnny Winter, Edgar Winter and other legends.

At age 18, Falgout has had two solo shows and a permanent installation to her credit. She was the co-winner of Houston’s Lawndale Art Center’s juried “The Big Show” and was selected for McNeese State University’s “Works on Paper” show. She’s the youngest artist to have received these honors. She’s preparing for a solo show at The Art Studio in May of 2016.

Mardi Gras of Southeast Texas will bring revelers to downtown Port Arthur from Feb. 4-7, 2016. Sweet Soiree is the theme for days of lighted parades, a carnival and concerts including the close-out show with Wayne Toups. The Museum of the Gulf Coast will offer parking packages during Mardi Gras.

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