Tuesday, May 22, 2018

Sharing George: A Video

The Life & Legacy Tour began because I felt compelled to help others experience George Rodrigue in a more personal way.  After eight months, the tour is in demand more than ever, with no end in sight!  And perhaps that's exactly as it should be.

Want to know what it's like?  Here's a video from Dr. Jules Boquet of Messiah Montessori School, a Louisiana A+ School in Houma, Louisiana.  Turn up the volume, stick with it (about 30 minutes), and grab a tissue ....just in case.  The kids ask poignant and meaningful questions that take us together on an intimate journey into the life and art of George Rodrigue.  

Topics include Jolie Blonde, Blue Dog, Rodrigue Jewelry, and the story behind one of his greatest paintings, Loup-garou; plus George's relationship to Louisiana, California, New Mexico, and the road; his painting style, work habits, outlook on life, thoughts on success, and even his illness.

Note:  It was this pivotal experience that sparked the idea of bringing original Rodrigue paintings into classrooms --something I've done ever since.  Watch here-


The Life & Legacy Tour continues this fall, not only in Louisiana, but in other states as well, taking me to colleges and universities, community groups, museums, and schools --sharing George's story while using original paintings from his archives as a visual aid.  I'll post a schedule late summer.  In the meantime, please join me for the following:

Friday, June 15th, 5:00 - 7:00 p.m. Opening reception for Rodrigue's Blue Dog:  Discovering Late Works on Canvas and Metal, an exhibition at the Ohr-O'Keefe Museum of Art in Biloxi, Mississippi, featuring 25 large scale late works by George Rodrigue, many on view for the first time.  Exhibition continues through Aug. 18, 2018.  Learn more.

Saturday, June 16th, 1:00 p.m.  A personal tour of the exhibition Rodrigue's Blue Dog:  Discovering Late Works on Canvas and Metal at the Ohr-O'Keefe Museum of Art.  A book signing follows.  Learn more.

Thursday, June 21st, 6:00 - 8:00 p.m.  Celebrate the Summer Solstice!  Please join me for a personal tour of the exhibition Rodrigue's Swirling Vision:  The Sun, Cosmos, and Hurricanes, on view at Rodrigue Studio New Orleans through October 27, 2018.  Learn more.


See you on the road as we celebrate the Life and Art of George Rodrigue!

Wendy

-related interview for NPR with Judith Meriwether for KRVS Radio Acadie, linked here-

-related video:  a Life & Legacy interview with Jeff Crouere for WLAE-TV, linked here-

-see photographs and updates from the 2017-2018 Life & Legacy Tour Part One and Part Two-

-Louisiana A+ Schools (LAA+) is a statewide arts-integrated teaching method supported in part by the George Rodrigue Foundation of the Arts; learn more-

-please join me on Instagram at @wendy.rodrigue for Life & Legacy photos, Rodrigue exhibitions, personal throwbacks and more-




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