(UPDATE: The opening was a great success and throughout you can see pictures of the exhibit. Plus, learn more about our Aioli Dinner fundraiser and education programs coming in the fall.)
On Saturday, March 15th, 2014 George Rodrigue Studio in Carmel, CA (West Side of Dolores between Ocean and 7th) will re-open with a memorial retrospective of the artist’s work.
A public opening reception will be held from 1:00 PM to 3:00 PM and will include remarks from Jacques Rodrigue, son of George Rodrigue and Executive Director of the George Rodrigue Foundation of the Arts. The retrospective will be on view at the gallery through 2014.
“Dad always said that when he was in art school at Art Center in Los Angeles in the 1960’s he dreamed of opening a gallery in Carmel. He realized his dream over 20 years ago and he loved to live and paint at his home in Carmel Valley.” Says Jacques Rodrigue. “My family and I are excited to be able to share this show with the area that was so important to him and for the first time display works in our gallery from his entire career.”
The retrospective will include works of art and ephemera spanning Rodrigue’s illustrious career and life focusing on his time in California. The Rodrigue family and Bullard have curated an unparalleled survey of Los Angeles Art Center art school works, early Louisiana landscapes, Cajun portraits, iconic Blue Dogs, paintings completed in California, and personal memorabilia from George Rodrigue’s home and studio in Carmel.
“With the death of George Rodrigue, our state and nation have lost one of its most unique, popular and memorable visual artists. For nearly fifty years he created an extraordinary body of work that captured the special qualities of Louisiana’s Cajun culture, bringing national and international recognition to his heritage and to himself.” Said E. John Bullard, Director Emeritus of the New Orleans Museum of Art who co-curated the exhibit with the Rodrigue family.
The Rodrigue Gallery in Carmel resumed normal operating hours: Monday through Saturday from 10:00 AM to 6:00PM and Sunday from 12:00PM to 5:00PM. The Rodrigue family has released a limited number of prints and mixed media works for sale through the gallery.
Read a history of the Carmel gallery HERE.