George Rodrigue, the New Iberia virtuoso, has finally been named Louisiana’s Artist Laureate. He will serve in the position as long as Gov. Bobby Jindal, who appointed him, is in office. There are many reasons Rodrigue is worthy of the title – his Blue Dog Relief campaign for hurricane recovery and the way he captures the intense-yet-vacant glare of Louisiana’s favorite little brother in his painting “Uncle Earl,” just to name a few – it could be due to the fact that Jindal and his wife, Supriya, selected Rodrigue to paint their official portrait.
Predictably, the First Couple are depicted in front of the famous Evangeline Oak, like other Louisiana governor ’s Rodrigue has committed to canvas. But there’s something extra in the Jindal’s version. Sitting to the left of Supriya Jindal is Rodrigue’s iconic Blue Dog. The Times-Picayune has the explanation of why the dog was included.
When artist George Rodrigue asked Gov. Bobby Jindal whether he wanted him to include a Blue Dog in this portrait of the governor and his wife, Supriya, Jindal replied: “Naturally.”
Frank’s Casing Crew, now doing business as Frank’s International, will make its final appearance on ABiz’s list of the Top 50 Privately Held Companies in Acadiana this year, and once again, it will likely be at the top with more than $1 billion in annual revenues. The 75-year-old company specializing in tubular fabrication and installation services to the oil and gas industry plans to go public this year.
The defeat, or rather highjacking of House Bill 420 in the final days of this year's Legislative Session, say Reps. Vincent Pierre and Terry Landry, is the result of the propaganda spread by one unidentified local media outlet and an unnamed former state Representative, but nothing to do with the original legislation's lack of checks, balances or details.
He’s a singer. A songwriter. A piano man. A family man. He’s even got his own Wikipedia entry. He’s David Egan. And he knows ancient secrets about the monolithic stones of Stonehenge that he’s not willing to share.