It’s the last weekend of Rodrigue: Houston, with Free Family Day, Book Signing and more! This exhibit features an amazing collection spanning 45 years of artwork by George Rodrigue. Folks might know his Blue Dog works but not be familiar with his early days painting Louisiana landscapes and portraits.

Rodrigue Houston

Admission is free! This special exhibit opened in late April and has been extended through July 19 at West Ave at River Oaks. Here are the final events:

  • July 18: Free Family Day and Book Signing — Kids will enjoy face painting, blue masks and art activities from 10 am – 4 pm. Book signing by co-authors Jacques Rodrigue (son of artist) and Don Sanders from 1 pm – 3 pm. Exhibit hours last till 6 pm.
  • July 19: Final Day and Lecture by Jacques Rodrigue — George’s son Jacques will host a lecture at the gallery from 1 pm – 2 pm.

Rodrigue Houston

Former President George H. W. Bush and other presidents and governors commissioned works by Rodrigue. Bush loaned a family portrait to the local exhibit from his personal collection, which Rodrigue painted in 1989.

Rodrigue HoustonI love the huge painting, Take Me Back to Texas, which was produced for the Amarillo Museum of Art in 2012. Everything is bigger in Texas, and this one is 6 ft tall!

I’m not sure why I hadn’t heard of this exhibit until yesterday, but I’m thrilled I saw the little Facebook ad promoting it! It was so ironic, because we had seen Rodrigue’s gallery in Carmel, California, just last week, but it was closed the day we were there. So I got my Rodrigue fix right in my hometown!

The gallery is located at West Ave at River Oaks, 2800 Kirby, A206 above Eddie V’s.