NEW ORLEANS, LA (WVLA) — People all across the state said goodbye to one of Louisiana's most loved artists. Hundreds of people came to the St. Louis Cathedral in New Orleans to honor and remember George Rodrigue, the iconic "Blue Dog" painter.
Funny, kind, and inspirational are just three words people us to describe George Rodrigue.
Rodrigue has made a lasting impact on the art community, but for fellow artists like Ally Burguieres, she remembers him for so much more.
"Oh my gosh, it's a huge loss. Personally, and for his family, my heart goes out to them," Burguieres said. "All the friends and all the people that he touched, it's a huge loss and for the artist community as well. His art and his life and his joy brought attention to a culture that's not always seen and not always talked about."
Burguieres runs an art gallery right next to Rodrigue's studio in new orleans.
"A lot of people will come in and tell me their stories about the Blue Dog or they'll tell me how much they love his work," Burguieres said. "For a lot of them, it runs the gambit from business people to writers to fellow artists, but also, people who have nothing to do with art."
People like Shannon DiGenova.
"I do a literacy project and art is one of the great things that we use as a teacher," DiGenova said. "The idea that he thought it was really valuable to spend time with kids and to promote education."
Shannon never even met Rodrigue, just like a lot ofPeople all across the state said goodbye to one of Louisiana's most loved artists. Hundreds of people came to the St. Louis Cathedral in New Orleans to honor and remember George Rodrigue, the iconic "Blue Dog" painter.
"I don't think his legacy is going anywhere. The Blue Dog has gone into history books as a piece of iconic Americana," DiGenova said.
Rodrigue will be laid to rest Friday in his hometown of New Iberia. He'll be buried at the Holy Family Cemetery at 1 P.M. the family asks you to make any donation to the George Rodrigue Foundation of the Arts. Rodrigue was 69 years old.