"It's much closer to home," says Rodrigue. "The Blue Dog was actually born in New Orleans." The city is also the home of Rodrigue's gallery and studio for the past 16 years and birthplace of his wife, Wendy. "The Big Easy remains the 'big city' to my Cajun hometown of New Iberia," he explains in his artist's statement.
Rodrigue was in Houston for the opening of a show when Hurricane Katrina hit. With a truckful of art and no gallery and studio to return to, he headed to Lafayette and found gallery space at 2021 Pinhook Road. The new local gallery is housing about 25-30 original works and prints, with more in a warehouse on Industrial Parkway. The silkscreen relief prints are available from the gallery, open Tuesday through Saturday, from 10 a.m.-5 p.m., and also at www.georgerodrigue.com. Each print is $500, and proceeds go to the Southeast Louisiana Chapter of the Red Cross. With the sale of the prints, Rodrigue hopes to raise $500 million in one year.
The Lafayette gallery will remain open indefinitely while Rodrigue retrieves his works from New Orleans. "I don't want to lose anything," he says, remembering the feeling of loss after CafÃ© Tee George burned down, taking many original works with it. "At least it will be safe here."
September's $509 million in sales pushed Lafayette Parish's nine-month total to $4.4 billion.
The Louisiana Supreme Court has punted on its first chance to decide whether a new state constitutional provision declaring gun possession a fundamental right could void a long list of criminal statutes that regulate firearms.
New Orleans' offense, which ranks sixth in the NFL, isn't helping many of its skill players pile up Pro Bowl-type stats. Rather, the approach of coach Sean Payton and quarterback Drew Brees has enabled a wide range of play-makers to emerge periodically with high-production outings.
An ordinance phasing out a rebate businesses receive for collecting and remitting sales taxes is tabled, but it doesn’t solve the vexing issue of government revenue.
From jewelry to home goods, deals abound
Forgiving shapes for NOLA Bowl
Here's your daily look at late-breaking national and international news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about Thursday, December 12, 2013:
As part of a national undertaking known by industry insiders as the “Butterfly Project,” a rebranded version of The Daily Advertiser is set to launch with Sunday’s edition of the Gannett-owned paper.
Louisiana moved up a slot to 48th in the ranking of healthy states — once again, thank God for Mississippi! — so all this frettin’ about Gov. Bobby Jindal’s refusal to expand Medicaid per Obamacare ... fuggidaboutit! We don’t need Medicaid no more!
The Denham Springs woman who placed Christmas lights in the shape of a butter finger on her roof in a display of anger directed at neighbors has doubled the trouble for the 2013 holiday season.
The New Orleans architect behind the 1984 World’s Fair also left his mark on Lafayette.
Laid back vibe just right for NOLA Bowl
The 30-second commercial, to run around the state, is the Democratic senator's first TV spot in her bid for re-election to a fourth term.
It's a number that has edged up but falls far short of the thousands who are eligible for subsidized coverage.
A group of mostly higher education leaders will make recommendations to state lawmakers about how to tweak the policies governing tuition rates charged at the state's public colleges.
Week long specials and a ribbon cutting celebration held in Parc Lafayette
Fort Worth company's new facility at Lafayette Regional Airport will build helicopters primarily for the export market.
Could River Ranch restaurant be the next star?
Move over Hooters — there’s a new breastaurant coming to town.
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