Joseph Jilbert’s sculpture on display in Baton Rouge (4808 Government Street area)
From 225 Baton Rouge:
The 58-year-old polymath pushes a pair of angular welding goggles upward on his forehead to perch on top of a tight black cap and reveals a set of adventurous eyes. He walks past an old dented pickup—his only vehicle, even though his work can sell in the hundreds of thousands—and he starts to look a lot like Charles Lindbergh or some other explorer soul as the leather of his gloved hand wipes a swathe of sweat from his brow.
…Controlling roughly 60,000 square feet of space—with more adjacent properties coming online early next year, he says—Jilbert is opening an artist colony with an event venue, studio spaces, gallery spaces and an “artist think tank” where Baton Rouge’s creatives can hang out, network and talk shop.