April 2021

What’s With This Dog?
A new essay from Wendy Rodrigue
at Musings of an Artist’s Wife
George Rodrigue in his studio; Carmel, California
Photograph by Wendy Rodrigue,

George and Wendy Rodrigue

George and Wendy Rodrigue were married from 1997 until his death in 2013. For nearly 30 years, Wendy’s life’s work has been to share Rodrigue’s Life and Art in as broad and quality a manner as possible. Together, the couple partnered on the development of all aspects of Rodrigue’s career and life, including his galleries, museum exhibitions, a dozen books published both nationally and internationally on his art, and extensive education outreach.

In 2017 Wendy established the Life & Legacy Tour, continuing and expanding her late husband’s artistic and philanthropic vision while honoring one of America’s most important artists, George Rodrigue. Through Life & Legacy, Wendy has visited, personally, 86 schools and more than 35,000 students in 8 states, as well as countless adults and families through community and museum partnerships. As of December 2019, the Life & Legacy Foundation is a 501(c)(3) non-profit now entering its third strong year.

The students of Lycée Français de la Nouvelle-Orléans thank Wendy so much for taking the time to visit our school. We were honored to hear her inspiring story and learn more about one of the south’s most celebrated artists. Wendy engaged all of our middle and high school students, got them asking questions, and sparked interests I’m sure they didn’t even know they had inside of themselves. Not only did my art students get a sneak peak at some personal works from the artist’s collection, but they also had the chance to be immersed in his southern French legacy that he treasured so much. A big MERCI!

Sierra Claire Orlowski

Listening to Wendy tell some of her life stories is so inspiring and empowering. She is captivating! She brings George Rodrigue to life and leaves you wanting to know more. An amazing woman. I’d recommend buying her book!

Wendy Camallo