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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
Rodrigue.



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
Filmmaker

Nicelle Harrington
Filmmaker

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












Wednesday, March 14, 2018

Wendy Rodrigue Continues Life and Legacy Tour



A grand welcome for Wendy Rodrigue at River Oaks in Monroe, LA, during the first part of the Life and Legacy Tour.


This week Wendy Rodrigue will resume the George Rodrigue Life and Legacy Tour with twelve extended stops, primarily focused on schools in Louisiana. It all began last fall as a way of sharing George's life and art (and image!) with students at arts integrated schools throughout the state. Louisiana A+ Schools, a 501(c)(3) non-profit, is a whole-school teaching method in which every subject is taught through the visual or performing arts.



Speaking to students at Ridge Elementary School in Duson, LA. This school is one of 18 LAA+ Schools across the state.


Wendy shares, "I'm always grateful for opportunities to share George with others, and I couldn't resist expanding the tour when possible to include schools outside of the LAA+ network. It's a wonderful experience ---as exciting for me as for the students--- many of them exposed for the first time ever to original Rodrigue paintings, which I carry with me in George's truck ---the same truck he and I traveled in for years, visiting schools across the country."




Students at The Dufrocq School enjoy a presentation featuring original works of art by George Rodrigue.


The Life and Legacy Tour continues across Louisiana schools, and this time will encompass schools within and outside of the LAA+ Network. Below are Wendy Rodrigue's upcoming stops. To follow the latest news from Wendy Rodrigue and read her extensive writing about the life and artwork of George Rodrigue, visit her website Musings of an Artist's Wife.



Life and Legacy Tour Schedule
(Events in BOLD are open to the public.)


March 15
St. Helena Learning Center and St. Helena Arts and Technology Academy (both LAA+ Schools) in Greensburg, LA

March 20
St. Peter School in Covington, LA

March 21
Ascension Episcopal School in Youngsville/Lafayette, LA

March 22
Most Blessed Sacrament School in Baton Rouge, LA

March 23
Singing River Academy (Gauthier, MS) at Rodrigue Studio in New Orleans

March 24
George Rodrigue Foundation of the Arts Scholarship Art Contest Awards Luncheon in New Orleans. Details and tickets here.

March 24
New exhibition Rodrigue's Swirling Vision: The Sun, Cosmos, and Hurricanes opens at Rodrigue Studio in New Orleans, 6-8 PM, FREE and open to the public. Learn more.

March 26
Epiphany Day School (an LAA+ School) in New Iberia, LA

March 27
LSU Continuing Education, OLLI Felicianas Chapter, First Baptist Church, St. Francisville, 10 AM - 12 PM. FREE. Learn more.





Wednesday, March 7, 2018

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.


Recently opened in Mandeville, Louisiana, the Children's Museum of St. Tammany is a dynamic place for children and families to explore, play, and learn. The Museum's Executive Director Amy Fresh shares, "The Children's Museum of St. Tammany provides an interactive learning environment allowing children of all ages to express their imaginations through creativity and play."

The George Rodrigue Foundation of the Arts is excited to announce that we will be at the Museum on Saturday, March 31, 2018, for a special book reading and art making family event.



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!




Friday, February 16, 2018

2018 Art Contest Finalists Announced!


Thank you to all of the students who entered the Scholarship Art Contest this year! We received over 600 incredibly creative entries from across the state for the theme of "Monsters, Myths, and Legends."

Sixteen (16) finalists have been selected by our first round of judges. These high school juniors and seniors will share over $45,000 in college scholarships, which will be given out at our Scholarship Awards Luncheon on Saturday, March 24, 2018, at the Sheraton New Orleans Hotel.










Tuesday, February 6, 2018

Mandeville Aioli Dinner Announced






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 Home of 
Daniela and Elie Khoury


Cuisine by
Chef Jeffrey Hansell


Executive Chef of Oxlot 9 in Covington, LA














Friday, February 2, 2018

Special Needs Artists and the Pink Dog






Last year the George Rodrigue Foundation of the Arts announced a special partnership with the East Jefferson YMCA for their Brushes, Buddies and Beyond class. This week we once again joined the program to share the artwork of George Rodrigue with these amazing young artists.




Brushes, Buddies and Beyond is a "painting party" style class specifically for individuals with special needs from ages 5 to 25. Each class features a different project or artist for students to explore.




When we visit the BBB program, participants create their own version of the George Rodrigue' s iconic Blue Dog image. This week, just in time for Valentine's Day, we painted You See the Love Over Me (2013), which features a pink version of the Blue Dog and red hearts.


Artists are all smiles painting the pink Blue Dog!


Group photo with all of the artists and East Jefferson YMCA volunteers.




If you know a young person with special needs who would like to explore their artistic side, please directly contact:

Jacquelyn Achord 
East Jefferson YMCA 
Youth and Family Program Director
(504)888-9622 ext. 104








Friday, January 19, 2018

Harvey Relief Print: Now Available Exclusively to Charity Organizations




We Will Rise Again (2017) is now available through the Print Donation Program.



Attention non-profit and charitable organizations!

The George Rodrigue Foundation of the Arts presents an exclusive fundraising opportunity to other non-profit organizations. Through GRFA's Print Donation Program, we are now offering We Will Rise Again (2017).

Originally created by George Rodrigue in 2005 to raise funds for humanitarian and art organizations after Hurricane Katrina, this special edition silkscreen print was re-released to the public in the wake of Hurricane Harvey to raise funds for schools impacted by the storm. Today, this print is only available to non-profits through the Print Donation Program.

Your organization can purchase the print for $500, which is 100% refundable should it not raise at least $500 at your charity event. GRFA's Print Donation Program has helped non-profits raise millions of dollars for their missions through these exclusive George Rodrigue prints.




There are seven Rodrigue prints to choose from for your charity auction or raffle! Click here to view all available prints.