Upcoming Exhibit


The Locust Grove Arts Alliance celebrates National Poetry Month by having a month-long exhibit on the poetry of LG citizen and Rural Oklahoma Museum of Poetry director Shaun Perkins.

This exhibit focuses on Perkins’s 2017 detective story in verse The Book with the Beacon Lights, published by Indian University Press. The book is a mystery written in poetry and illustrated with photography from Betty Perkins and drawings by Ray Grass.

The exhibit will run the whole month of April, with a special opening night:

April 6, Friday

6:00 p.m.-7:30 p.m.

LGAA Gallery & Wonder City Coffee

The opening night festivities will be particularly exciting and will include

  • Live Streaming Podcast
  • Detective Costume Contest
  • Door Prizes
  • Mystery Puzzle Challenges


  • The live podcast streaming on YouTube will include a radio play version of the opening of Book with the Beacon Lights, Perry Mason detective quotes read by members of the audience, original poems, and other entertaining highlights, coordinated by John Coday.
  • Come as your favorite detective from TV, movies or fiction and win a prize. 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place winners will be chosen and receive cash money and/or gift cards to Wonder City Coffee and ROMP Rummage Store. Special prizes will also be given to anyone who comes as one of the four main Perry Mason characters: Perry Mason, Della Street, Paul Drake, or Lt. Tragg.
  • Door prizes will include vintage Perry Mason books and films, custom-made mystery noir buttons, and other mystery and poetry-related items. Win a door prize if you come with a short mystery or detective poem that you have written and read it on our podcast.
  • Interactive mystery and puzzle challenges will be set up for people to participate in.
  • Refreshments will be provided.

All of this is free and open to the public!

The gallery exhibit will feature some of the poems from Perkins’s book, along with an exhibit on the revision and editing process, photographs from Betty Perkins, and illustrations from Ray Grass.