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Jones and Baker Exhibit in Library’s Arts of UAMS April – May, 2015

Johnpaul Jones and Max L. Baker will exhibit April – May, 2015 in the UAMS Library Gallery, EDII Building. The exhibit is free and open to the community.

Jones and Max’s artist statement reads:

John Steinbeck, in his depression era novel, The  Grapes of Wrath, named US Route 66 the “Mother Road.”  Originally commissioned in 1926 from a multitude of shorter segments, Route 66 became the road for a nation expanding to the west.  Route 66 remained the primary highway from Chicago to Los Angeles until the creation of the interstate highway system after the Second World War.  Route 66 was officially decommissioned in 1984, but long sections remain drivable to this day. Travelers seeking the nostalgia of an earlier time, or simply those seeking an escape from the boredom of the interstate, still drive the road.  Interestingly, Route 66 remains a choice for foreign travelers searching for the remnants of an era visible in the smaller towns of the country.  Reading the visitor registeries of sites along the road reveals travelers from many parts of the world. The road seems to be especially popular with European and Australian travelers.

In the 1940’s, Bobby Troup wrote the song “Get Your Kicks on Route 66” that mapped out the cities along the road.  That song was covered by everyone from Nat King Cole to the Rolling Stones.  Hopefully our pictures will give the viewer the idea that Route 66 is “still kicking” and perhaps even inspire a road trip or two.  – Max Baker

I have been fascinated by Route 66 since the television series “Route 66” in the early ‘60’s. It is iconic and part of our history. It has been on my bucket list to photograph for a long time.

This past summer I made a road trip with Trish to visit one of her children in Arizona. We decided to take some extra time going and coming to do some photos of the “Mother Road”. We took our time stopping at ghost towns, old deserted cafés and hotels, some places that were still open for business.

We found Tobacco Road. I always wondered where it was located. We had a grand time traveling back in time.  I have always wanted to travel that road on my Harley. That part is still on my bucket list—to ride from Chicago to the Pacific. We will do that one day. – John Paul Jones

Max Baker retired from the Department of Radiology after 40 years at UAMS.  He and his wife Ann enjoy travelling and have covered much of the “Mother Road” with their trusty Casita travel trailer searching for old buildings, signs and neon. They plan to continue as time and grandchildren allow.

Preview and comment on photos of the exhibit on the UAMS Library’s facebook page.

The Arts of UAMS promotes the talents of UAMS employees, students and other members of the UAMS family for the benefit of campus life. For more about this and other exhibits organized by the UAMS Arts Council visit: http://arts.uams.edu/the-uams-arts-council/

Contact Max Baker, Chairman, Library Exhibit Subcommittee. Contact Max Baker, BakerMaxL@att.net, or Nancy Sessoms 686-5465, nhsessoms@uams.edu for more information.

April - May, 2015 Jones and Baker Arts of UAMS

Max L. Baker poses with his photos in “Route 66- The Mother Road”.