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Tuesday, July 3, 2018

Campers Say "Bonjour!" to Blue Dog

Bonjour NOLA Campers use Crayola Model Magic to create small, three-dimensional Blue Dog sculptures.

Last week the George Rodrigue Foundation of the Arts made a special visit to Lycée Francais de la Nouvelle-Orléans to share the art of George Rodrigue with their Bonjour NOLA Summer Camp. As part of our presentation, we shared information about the history of the Acadian and Cajun people, as well as how their historic legacies impacted the life and artwork of Rodrigue.

Campers learned about the origin of the iconic Blue Dog, which began as Rodrigue's interpretation of the Cajun loup-garou legend. They then used primary colors to sculpt their own version of the Blue Dog. We loved spending the afternoon with this creative and curious group of campers!

Bonjour NOLA Campers pose for a group photo with their finished Blue Dog projects.

Simone Feaster-Armour, LFNO's Teacher of Gifted
Services, shares about the project:

"At LFNO's Bonjour NOLA Summer Camp, we learned how Louisiana native George Rodrigue showed his love of Cajun culture through his art. Campers created their own unique sculpture based on Rodrigue's famous Blue Dog. This activity aligned perfectly with not only New Orleans' 300th anniversary, but also with our camp theme 'La Francophonie: or The French Speaking World.' "

Monday, June 25, 2018

Creative Outreach with Lighthouse for the Blind's Summer Camp

Lighthouse Campers use Crayola Model Magic to create small, three-dimensional Blue Dog sculptures.

Last week the George Rodrigue Foundation of the Arts was delighted to lead a sculpture workshop for Summer Campers at Lighthouse Louisiana, a passionate organization that empowers people with disabilities through employment, services, and advocacy. Camp Lighthouse is an action packed month of adventure for young participants, all of whom have some level of vision impairment.

Lighthouse Campers and GRFA's Rachel Gaudry pose for a group photo with their finished Blue Dog projects.

GRFA's Rachel Gaudry led the campers through a step-by-step sculpting process, breaking down the shapes and colors of the Blue Dog for the young artists. Lighthouse Louisiana's Director of Youth Services Andrea Rodriguez shares about the project:

"The kids had a great time making their own personal Blue Dog, some even including a cane and glasses. Art is important to our summer campers because they get to experience making things with their hands regardless of sight. They are able to feel the different shapes and learn ways to put them together to create something wonderful. Our kids also get to share their artwork with family members which is the icing on the cake."

To learn more about the mission and programs of Lighthouse Louisiana, visit www.lighthouselouisiana.org.

Tuesday, May 29, 2018

An Inside Look at Wendy Rodrigue's "Life and Legacy Tour"

The George Rodrigue Foundation of the Arts invites you to take an inside look at Wendy Rodrigue's Life & Legacy Tour. She began this statewide initiative last year as a way to connect Louisiana students with the art of George Rodrigue in a personal, intimate way.

"The kids ask poignant and meaningful questions that take us together on an intimate journey into the life and art of George Rodrigue."
- Wendy Rodrigue

The video below was created during one such visit by Dr. Jules Boquet of Messiah Montessori School in Houma, LA. This school is part of the Louisiana A+ Schools network, which is supported by GRFA and uses arts integration to foster whole school transformation.

To date, Wendy has visited 25 schools across Louisiana including those within the Louisiana A+ Schools network. During each visit, she shares original artwork by George Rodrigue as well as special insight and stories related to his career and life. In the fall, she will continue the Life & Legacy Tour in Louisiana and beyond, visiting schools, museums, and universities to share Rodrigue's story.

To read more about Wendy Rodrigue's "Life and Legacy Tour" and the inspiration behind it, visit Musings of an Artist's Wife.

Monday, May 14, 2018

Sharing Rodrigue's Blue Dog with Pre-K Students

GRFA's Rachel Gaudry and Pre-K students from Isidore Newman School share their Blue Dog sculpture creations.

Recently, the George Rodrigue Foundation of the Arts had the opportunity to share the Blue Dog with Pre-K students at Isidore Newman School in New Orleans. Newman provides a robust visual art curriculum for young students with a special focus on Louisiana artists.

We were delighted to read George Rodrigue's children's books Are You Blue Dog's Friend? and Why Is Blue Dog Blue?, and then lead the students in a sculpting activity that explored shapes, color, and depth.

Students use Crayola Model Magic to create small, three-dimensional sculptures.

Pre-K teacher Kim Mantle shares, "Newman Pre-K has featured pieces inspired by George Rodrigue in almost every art show since 1996. The Blue Dog pieces are visually inviting, accessible, and fun! The kids are able to relate to the subject and feel confident experimenting with the shapes, colors, and whimsy associated with Blue Dog."

Kim continues, "Art is a natural, engaging, and joyful component of our Pre-K curriculum. Through the arts, our children are provided a variety of avenues to express emotions, interests, and complex thinking."

Friday, May 4, 2018

See Photos from Mandeville Aioli Dinner

The Aioli Dinner Supper Club would like to thank our Mandeville friends for making the April 28th Aioli Dinner such a memorable night supporting our Louisiana A+ Schools program. We would like to especially thank Daniela and Elie Khoury for opening their beautiful home to the Aioli Dinner Supper Club.

Click here to view a photo album from the event.

Photos by Max Cusimano.

Aioli Dinner guests enjoyed a four-course menu by Chef Jeffrey Hansell of Ox Lot 9, with wine pairings provided by Daou Vineyards and Moët Hennessy. The meals served at Aioli Dinner Supper Club events are inspired by the rustic cuisine of the historic Creole Gourmet Societies of Southern Louisiana.

The Aioli Dinner Supper Club will return in the Fall:

Thursday, November 8, 2018
Home of Lisa & Rick Farrell
4534 St. Charles Avenue
New Orleans, LA

Photos by Max Cusimano.

Monday, April 23, 2018

Special Needs Artists in Lafayette Paint the Blue Dog with GRFA

GRFA's Jacques Rodrigue and Rachel Gaudry and D.R.E.A.M.S. teacher Annie Dee Hoerner with participants in the D.R.E.A.M.S. Art class. 

Last Thursday, GRFA had the wonderful opportunity to share the art of George Rodrigue with art class participants of the D.R.E.A.M.S. Foundation of Acadiana. Located in Lafayette, LA, this inspiring non-profit provides sports and enriching activities for children and adults with special needs.

WATCH NOW: Click the video to see KATC's coverage of our painting class with the D.R.E.A.M.S. Foundation of Acadiana. 

Early this year, D.R.E.A.M.S. was the recipient of the a $1,000 art supply grant through our George's Art Closet program to bring more creative opportunities to the community they serve.

With the help of GRFA's Jacques Rodrigue and Rachel Gaudry, the artists created their own versions of George Rodrigue's 2013 painting Spring Adds Color to My Life, which features the iconic Blue Dog surrounded by pink flowers.

Thank you to the staff and students of the D.R.E.A.M.S. Art program for welcoming the Rodrigue Foundation and sharing your creativity with us!

Friday, April 20, 2018

Free Shuttle to Mandeville Aioli Dinner for Southshore Guests

Please note that we will be providing complimentary shuttle service from Metairie to Mandeville for this event. If you are interested in transportation, please contact us at 504-324-9614 or info@georgerodriguefoundation.org.

And don't miss the exciting signed George Rodrigue prints available in this Aioli Dinner Live Auction! Learn more.

Thursday, April 12, 2018

Signed Blue Dog Prints Available Through Aioli Dinner Auction!

Fans of George Rodrigue's Blue Dog Series: Don't miss the chance to take home one of five signed silkscreen prints! These vibrant Rodrigue prints will only be available through the live auction at our upcoming Aioli Dinner Supper Club event in Mandeville on April 28th.

Get your tickets today and don't miss the opportunity to take home wonderful works of art while supporting our mission to advocate for youth through the arts in education.

Takin Care of Business, 2000
Silkscreen print, signed by George Rodrigue
Edition of 350
21 x 16 inches

They All Ask For You, 2004
Silkscreen print, signed by George Rodrigue
Edition of 500
24 x 18 inches

Take Me To Your Leader, 1997
Silkscreen print, signed by George Rodrigue
Edition of 120
16 x 11 inches

Rodrigue NOLA 25th Anniversary, 2009
Serigraph on Chrome Paper, signed by George Rodrigue
Edition of 150
36 x 26 inches

PC Blues, 2000
Silkscreen print, signed by George Rodrigue
Edition of 350
21 x 16 inches

This unique culinary experience inspired by George Rodrigue's iconic "Aioli Dinner" painting supports GRFA's statewide arts in education initiatives including George's Art Closet, Annual Scholarship Art Contest, and Louisiana A+ Schools.

Saturday, April 28, 2018
6:30 PM
At the Mandeville Home of 
Daniela and Elie Khoury

Cuisine by
Chef Jeffrey Hansell of Oxlot 9

Wednesday, April 4, 2018

Award Winning Cuisine & Rare Wines: A Night to Support Arts Education

The Aioli Dinner Supper Club invites you to celebrate the arts with a unique four-course wine dinner at the historic Mandeville home of Daniela and Elie Khoury on April 28, 2018!

This unique culinary experience inspired by George Rodrigue's iconic "Aioli Dinner" painting supports the arts in education initiatives of the George Rodrigue Foundation of the Arts.

Saturday, April 28, 2018
6:30 PM
At the Mandeville Home of 
Daniela and Elie Khoury

Cuisine by
Chef Jeffrey Hansell of Oxlot 9

Jeffrey Hansell, Executive Chef of Oxlot 9, grew up on the gulf coast of Mississippi, 45 minutes east of New Orleans. Surrounded by the commercial fishing and shrimping industry, his love of fresh ingredients and the local catch inspired him to begin a career in the culinary field. Upon graduation from Culinary School at The University of Southern Mississippi, Hansell moved to New Orleans to work under Executive Chef Tory McPhail at Commander's Palace and then transitioned with Chef Thomas Robey to Birmingham, as sous chef at Veranda on Highland.

Ater his time in Birmingham, Hansell left for Aspen, Colorado, expanding his career at the Little Nell's restaurant, Montagna, as sous chef, working under Chef Robert McCormick. When an opportunity arose to work under one of Food & Wine's "Top 10 Chefs in American," Hansell moved back to New Orleans to work as Executive Sous Chef for John Besh at his restaurant, Lüke. After his time at Lüke, Chef Hansell was asked to come back to Birmingham to take over as Executive Chef at the Veranda on Highland where he spent the last 2 years. Chef Hansell has been featured twice in "Best Chefs of America" and "Best Chefs the American South," the first ever peer review of American Chefs. He was also featured in PBS.org kitchen careers and the Braiser.com in "the top 10 chefs to know in Birmingham." Most recently, Chef Hansell was nominated as Food & Wine Best New Chef 2014, representing the Gulf South.

Named after the Historic Covington, Louisiana Ox-lots, Oxlot 9 is an upscale southern bistro located on the ground floor of the Southern Hotel. Oxlot 9 has a simple yet sophisticated approach to seasonal ingredients found in the region, served in a lively and comfortable setting. It is a place that reflects the character of a 200 year old city in every detail of its soul, from the welcome of the hostess to the last drink brought to the table by your server. It is a restaurant inspired by the beauty of the people, the Gulf Coast, and the heritage of the South.

Wines by Daou Vineyards and Winery

Champagne and Cocktails Provided by


Menu with Wine Pairings

Passed Hors d'oeuvres

Roasted Gulf Oysters with Smoked Jalapeño and Lime Butter

Yellow Fin Tuna Poké with Lemongrass Aioli, Sweet Chili Vinaigrette, Blackened Pineapple, and Puffed Rice

Roasted Mushroom Tarts with Truffled Cheese Mousse, Caramelized Shallots, and Port Reduction

Chandon Sparkling Wine and Belvedere Vodka Cocktails

First Course

Chilled Spring Pea Soup with Marinated Blue Crab, Cucumber, Lemon Mint Crème Fraiche, and Pea Shoots

DAOU 2015 Chardonnay

Second Course

Butter Poached Royal Red Shrimp Tartine with Bellegarde Bread, Roasted Artichokes, Manchebo, and Radish Salad

DAOU 2015 Reserve Pinot Noir

Third Course

Braised Beef Cheeks with Smoked Cheddar Heirloom Grits, Collard Greens, Crispy Leeks, Braising Jus

DAOU 2015 Reserve Cabernet

Fourth Course

Local Chèvre Cheese Cake with Macadamia Crust and Blackberry Preserves

DAOU 2014 Reserve Zinfindel

Tuesday, April 3, 2018

Photos from Our Mandeville Family Event!

Executive Director Jacques Rodrigue and participants with their Rodrigue-inspired puppets.

Thank you to everyone who joined us Saturday at the Children's Museum of St. Tammany. We had a wonderful time sharing children's stories by George Rodrigue and making Blue Dog puppets with families.

We encourage Northshore families to check out the fantastic programming available at this exciting new museum!

Thursday, March 29, 2018

SATURDAY: Family Event at Children's Museum of St. Tammany

Now open! After a decade of planning, the Children's Museum of St. Tammany opened its doors on January 20.

Don't miss the family fun this Saturday! The George Rodrigue Foundation of the Arts will be at the newly-opened Children's Museum of St. Tammany in Mandeville, LA, for a special book reading and creative activity inspired by the artwork of George

Saturday, March 31, 2018
2:00 PM
Children's Museum of St. Tammany
21404 Koop Drive
Mandeville, LA 70471
Free with Museum Admission

Jacques Rodrigue reads Are You Blue Dog's Friend? to students.

GRFA's Executive Director Jacques Rodrigue will read Why Is Blue Dog Blue? and Are You Blue Dog's Friend?, George Rodrigue's two beloved children's books. After the stories, guests will participate in an art making activity inspired by Rodrigue's Blue Dog series.

A young visitor to at the Museum works on a creative project. (Photo courtesy of Children's Museum of St. Tammany)

We hope you and your family will join us for a creative afternoon at a wonderful new museum dedicated to inspiring children!

Wednesday, March 28, 2018

2018 Art Contest Winners Share $45,250 in Scholarships!

Congratulations to the 16 winning students! Over 650 high school juniors and seniors from across Louisiana entered the 2018 Scholarship Art Contest by submitting original works of art for the theme "Monsters, Myths, and Legends." On Saturday, March 24th, GRFA awarded $45,250 in college scholarships to 10 seniors and 6 juniors!

The 16 finalists at the 2018 Scholarship Awards Luncheon in New Orleans.

(Left to right) 1st Place Junior Lauren Diaz, GRFA Executive Director Jacques Rodrigue, and 1st Place Senior Alexandra Hinkle

Friday, March 16, 2018

Community Leaders & Arts Professionals Judge Art Contest

For the past two weeks, final round judges for the 2018 Art Contest have come to the George Rodrigue Foundation of the Arts in New Orleans to see and score the 16 finalists' pieces. These community leaders and arts professionals have determined how the finalists will place for the Art Contest.

Judges score the student artwork at the Rodrigue Foundation.

We will announce which scholarships each student has won at the Scholarship Awards Luncheon on Saturday, March 24th in New Orleans. If you'd like to join us for this special celebration, tickets can be purchased here.

Marcela Correa (Arts District of New Orleans) and Matthew Weldon Showman (Jonathan Ferrara Gallery) score pieces by senior finalists.

Thank you to the following individuals for serving as final round judges in the 2018 Art Contest: 

Laura Ashley
Partner, Jones Walker LLC

Alex Beard
The Alex Beard Studio

Nadine Blake
Designer, Nadine Blake

Jordan Blanton
Co-Owner, LeMieux Galleries

Ellen Buckley
Director of Fundraising Events, National World War II Museum

Martine Chaisson
Martine Chaisson Gallery

Marcela Correa
Director, Arts District New Orleans

Marilyn Dittmann
Associate Director of Philanthropy, Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra

Robyn Dunn Schwarz
Matthew Clayton Brown

Dathel Georges
The Advocate

Wayne Hardaway
SLS Arts

David Harouni
Harouni Gallery

T.G. Harrington

Nicelle Harrington

Jane Scott Hodges
Founder & Owner, Leontine Linens

Jelena James
Director of Fine Art Consignments, New Orleans Auction Galleries

Phil King
SLS Arts

Paul Leaman
New Orleans Silversmiths

Ashley Longshore
Ashley Longshore Gallery

Meg Miles
Executive Director, YAYA

Barbara Motley
Louisiana State Arts Council

Biff Motley
Motley & Associates

Nicole Ockmond
Musician/Owner Emovere Recordings

Mallory Page
Mallory Page Studio

Brian Piper
Curatorial Fellow in Photography, New Orleans Museum of Art

Raiza Pitre
Cox Communications

Jim Qualls
Gallery Director, The Alex Beard Studio

Monica Ramirez-Montagut
Director, Newcomb Art Museum of Tulane University

Miranda Restovic
President & Executive Director, Louisiana Endowment for the Humanities

Kathy Rodriguez
Instructor, Department of Fine Arts, University of New Orleans

Christa Schwartz
Domain Companies

Sam Seelig
SLS Arts

Kristin Shannon
General Manager, Orpheum Theater

Matthew Weldon Showman
Gallery Director, Jonathan Ferrara Gallery

Alphonse Smith
Director, Place + Civic Design, Arts Council New Orleans

Gary Solomon, Jr.
Solomon Group

Emery Sonnier
Link Stryjewski Foundation

Bradley Sumrall
Curator, Ogden Museum of Southern Art

Jennifer Van Vrancken
Councilwoman, Jefferson Parish

Kyle Wedberg
President/CEO, NOCCA

Christy Wood
Co-Owner/Gallery Director LeMieux Galleries