George Rodrigue’s art found across Louisiana

You don’t have to go far in south Louisiana before you run into George Rodrigue. Whether it’s his iconic Blue Dog, portraits of notable south Louisianians, such as former Gov. Kathleen Blanco and chef Paul Prudhomme, or one of his pictures of Cajun life, Rodrigue’s presence is felt.

Here are just a few of the places you can go to experience his art.

  • 1. Rodrigue Studio, New Orleans and Lafayette
  • 730 ROYAL ST., NEW ORLEANS, (504) 581-4244 AND 1434 S. COLLEGE ROAD, LAFAYETTE, (337) 233-3274. georgerodrigue.com
  • The New Orleans studio is open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Saturday and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Sunday. The Lafayette location is open Monday through Saturday most weeks. Call for specific times.
  • 2. The three-sided Blue Dog sculpture at Veterans and Severn, Metairie
  • This Blue Dog (joined by red and yellow dogs) stands guard over the corner of Veterans Boulevard and Severn Avenue in Metairie. Check it out at the red light, or feel free to park and get out for a closer look. Really want to get close? Venture to the next stop on our list.
  • 3. The New Orleans Museum of Art
  • 1 COLLINS DIBOLL CIRCLE, (504) 658-4100. noma.org
  • The museum, in City Park, is open 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesday through Thursday, 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Friday and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. The museum is home to several of Rodrigue’s works, including a smaller version of the three-sided sculpture in Metairie, permanently parked in the Sydney and Walda Besthoff Sculpture Garden.
  • 4. The LSU Museum of Art
  • 100 LAFAYETTE ST., BATON ROUGE, (225) 389-7200. lsumoa.org
  • Fittingly, the blue dog that lives here is wearing an LSU jersey. Titled “A Number One Tiger Fan,” Rodrigue’s famous loup garou dons the purple and gold in this 2011 painting. The museum is open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday; 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Thursday and 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday.
  • 5. Rodrigue Steinway
  • Sheraton New Orleans, 500 Canal St. (504) 525-2500.
  • rodriguesteinway.com
  • n Very bright and very Blue Dog, Rodrigue painted this restored 1913 Steinway Model A grand piano to raise money for the LSU School of Music and the George Rodrigue Foundation of the Arts. You can see it — and a gallery of Rodrigue’s art — at the Sheraton New Orleans.
  • 6. “The Other Side of Painting” exhibit, State Library of Louisiana
  • 701 N. Fourth St., Baton Rouge, (225) 342-4913.
  • www.state.lib.la.us
  • THIS TEMPORARY EXHIBIT TO ACCOMPANY WENDY RODRIGUE’S BOOK “THE OTHER SIDE OF THE PAINTING” SHOWS ORIGINAL ARTWORK FROM THE BOOK ALONG WITH WORKS THAT INSPIRED RODRIGUE, INCLUDING PAINTINGS BY MIGNON WOLFE, WENDY RODRIGUE’S MOTHER. THE LIBRARY IS OPEN 8 A.M. TO 4:30 p.m. Monday through Thursday.
  • 7. The Odgen Museum of Southern Art, New Orleans
  • 925 Camp St., (504) 539-9650.
  • ogdenmuseum.org
  • Rodrigue’s first major painting with people, “Aioli Dinner,” hangs in the Ogden Musuem of Art., open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. every day and again from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Thursday with live music. The Ogden will open with free admission 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 19, for people to view the painting. While it doesn’t contain a Blue Dog, Rodrigue captures New Iberia notables dining on the lawn of the Darby House Plantation in a meeting of the Aioli Gourmet Dinner Club. If that makes you hungry ...
  • 8. Blue Dog Café, Lafayette
  • 1211 West Pinhook Road, Lafayette, (337) 237-0005.
  • bluedogcafe.com
  • GRAB A BITE TO EAT SURROUNDED BY RODRIGUE’S BLUE DOG. THE CAFÉ, WHICH IS OWNED BY A PARTNERSHIP THAT INCLUDES RODRIGUE’S TWO SONS, ANDRÉ AND JACQUES, IS OPEN FOR LUNCH 11 A.M. TO 2 P.M. MONDAY THROUGH FRIDAY AND FOR DINNER, 5 P.M. TO 9 P.M. MONDAY THROUGH THURSDAY AND 5 P.M. TO 10 P.M. FRIDAY AND SATURDAY, AND FOR SUNDAY BRUNCH, 10:30 a.m. to 2 p.m.
  • 9. Jolie’s Louisiana Bistro
  • 507 West Pinhook Road, Lafayette, (337) 504-2382.
  • jolieslouisianabistro.com
  • OWNED BY THE SAME PARTNERSHIP AS THE BLUE DOG CAFÉ, JOLIE’S LOUISIANA BISTRO FEATURES 35 RODRIGUE PAINTINGS THAT DEPICT CAJUN LIFE AS IT WAS. THE LOGO FOR JOLIE’S IS TAKEN FROM RODRIGUE’S PAINTING “JOLIE BLONDE,” INSPIRED BY THE SONG OF THE SAME NAME. THE RESTAURANT IS OPEN 11 A.M. TO 2 P.M. AND 5 P.M. TO 9 P.M. TUESDAY THROUGH THURSDAY, 11 A.M. TO 2 P.M. AND 5 P.M. TO 10 P.M. FRIDAY, 10:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. and 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. Saturday, and 10:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday.