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September 2022

Rodrigue in Santa Fe, Continued

Learn more in a new blog post HERE.

Wendy Rodrigue shares artwork by her late husband, George Rodrigue, including Rodrigue’s last self-portrait, dated 2013.
Acequia Madre House, Santa Fe, New Mexico. Photographed by Mark Berndt for the Women’s International Study Center.

April 20-25, 2022: What a fantastic week at Kenner Discovery!



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.

During Spring 2022, Wendy brought her inspiring programming to 18 schools and 55 classes in Florida, Alabama, and Louisiana.  This unique art-and-storytelling experience included original Rodrigue paintings from her collection, as well as special guest artists, such as Katherine Klimitas and Wendy’s current husband, Douglas Magnus.  The recent tour was made possible through partnerships with the Mattie Kelly Arts Foundation and Baldwin County Public Schools, and a generous sponsorship by Henry and Pat Shane of Kenner, Louisiana.  Coming soon in 2022-2023:  exciting museum and education offerings in New Mexico, New Hampshire, Florida, and Louisiana.  For details on upcoming exhibitions, tours, and events, please join our mailing list.

In 2017 Wendy Rodrigue established the Life & Legacy Tour, now a 501(c)(3) non-profit foundation, continuing and expanding her late husband’s artistic and philanthropic vision while honoring one of America’s most illustrious artists, George Rodrigue.  As of April 2022, she has visited, personally, 119 schools and more than 500 classes in 8 states, engaging nearly 45,000 students in this rare art experience. Through Life & Legacy, Wendy has facilitated numerous museum and community partnerships, including the Ohr-O’Keefe Museum of Art, the LSU Museum of Art, Associations of Broadcasters, Chambers of Commerce, Womens Leadership Conferences, Literary Clubs, Continuing Education, and many more.  

A gifted storyteller, Wendy Rodrigue shares with teachers from 70 Oklahoma arts-integrated schools
during the OKA+ Schools Teacher Conference at the University of Central Oklahoma in June 2021.
Enjoy this raw clip from her opening remarks.
Learn more in this blog post for “Musings of an Artist’s Wife”

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