Pop and abstract art were unveiled tonight at the Ohr-O’Keefe Museum in Biloxi with the latest exhibition celebrating the late Blue Dog artist George Rodrigue.
Rodrigue’s ‘Blue Dog: Discovering Late Works on Canvas and Metal’ exhibit features 25 contemporary and rarely seen works of art created during the last decade of the artist’s life.
Born and raised in Southwest Louisiana’s ‘Cajun country,’ Rodrigue preserved on his canvas what he feared was his dying heritage. It was a Cajun legend, the Loup-Garou, that spawned his most famous series, the Blue Dog.
Almost five years after his death, his wife, Wendy Rodrigue, continues to keep his legacy alive. “His hope, I think, is what any great artist hopes, that people will walk up to the pieces and not just think ‘I know what that is’ and walk on, but instead, spend time experiencing it. Slow art, if you will, and letting it speak to them in a different way. George always said art takes on a life of its own long after the artist is gone and here we have that opportunity.”
The exhibition will be displayed at the Ohr-O’Keefe Museum in Biloxi until August 18th. If you would like a chance to meet Wendy Rodrigue, she will host a gallery talk tomorrow at the Museum from 1 through 3 p.m.