Wendy Rodrigue began the 2020 Life & Legacy Tour the week of February 18-21, in a place very near and dear to her heart– HOME! Wendy grew up on the sandy white beaches of the Florida Emerald Coast, and was delighted to return to Destin, and the surrounding area, to share the Life and Art of George Rodrigue, in a special partnership with the Mattie Kelly Arts Foundation.
Emerald Coast Autism Center, February 18
What a special day, and what a special place! Wendy visited with two groups of all ages at the Emerald Coast Autism Center, and it could not have been more joyful. The enthusiasm of the students enhanced Wendy’s own storytelling, and the questions, comments, expressions, and laughter were heartwarming. Wendy was even invited to see a special coin collection!
It was a beautiful reminder that sharing George’s art knows no boundaries– art connects us all, and the impacts are limitless!
Love for the Arts Guild Luncheon, February 19
On Wednesday, Wendy helped kick off the 25th Anniversary of the Mattie Kelly Arts Foundation, as the speaker at their Love for the Arts Guild Luncheon. Wendy presented to a sold out house, alongside musician David Seering, who accompanied her storytelling so magically. It was a moving and loving tribute to George Rodrigue, AND the Mattie Kelly Arts Foundation!
Seaside Neighborhood School, February 20
The 5th and 6th graders at the Seaside Neighborhood School in Seaside, FL are so thoughtful, insightful and marvelous. Wendy’s stories, of George as a young student their age, had them captivated, and their answers to her questions made us all stop and think! What an amazing group of young people, at a spectacular school in a little bit of paradise! Thank you for having Wendy Rodrigue visit and share George’s Life and Legacy!
Children in Crisis, February 20
Thursday afternoon, Wendy made a special visit to Children in Crisis in Fort Walton Beach, a non-profit dedicated to finding homes, and keeping brothers and sisters together. The children were mesmerized by Wendy’s storytelling, and the foster parents were grateful for the interaction. It was a special way to close out the week, and the first part of the 2020 Life & Legacy Tour!