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September 2021

Walk With Me to the Future
A new essay from Wendy Rodrigue
at Musings of an Artist’s Wife
READ HERE
2013 by George Rodrigue.
Original Digital Collage

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 Summer 2021, Wendy renewed partnerships with the Mattie Kelly Arts Foundation, bringing her twice annually to schools in the Florida Panhandle, and Oklahoma A+ Schools, a statewide arts integration teaching method, now in 70 Oklahoma schools.  During Fall 2021, Wendy brings George Rodrigue’s inspiring story and artwork to schools and community groups across the South during a 6-week tour of Louisiana, Mississippi, and Alabama.  

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 2021, she has visited, personally, nearly 100 schools and more than 40,000 students in 8 states, as well as 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