PRESS RELEASE
Dec. 19, 2013

 

For Immediate Release

Contact:
CÚline Alis
(337) 365-1540

(888) 942-3742

celine@iberiatravel.com

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Iberia Parish Convention and Visitors Bureau

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Honoring Monsieur George Rodrigue
NEW IBERIA, La. --- In memory of New Iberia native son, George Rodrigue, who has brought international attention to Acadiana, the ON TAP organization along with numerous other community volunteers are asking Iberia businesses and residents to place blue ribbons on their doors Friday, Dec. 20.  
 

George Rodrigue (March 13, 1944 - Dec. 14, 2013) was an American artist. He grew up in New Iberia, Louisiana. In the late 1960s, Rodrigue began painting Louisiana landscapes, followed soon after by family gatherings and southwest Louisiana 19th century and early 20th century genre scenes. His paintings often include moss-clad oak trees, common to an area of French Louisiana known as Acadiana. In the mid-1990s Rodrigue's Blue Dog paintings, based on a Cajun legend called loup-garou, catapulted him to worldwide fame.     

George Rodrigue

Excerpt from the George Rodrigue Foundation website:

 

"We are heartbroken to share the news that George Rodrigue has passed away. While we mourn the loss of a great man, we also celebrate his rich life and legacy. 

 

A public mass will be held at 10:30 AM on Thursday, December 19, 2013, at St. Louis Cathedral. The Archbishop of New Orleans Gregory Michael Aymond will be officiating. Visitation will immediately follow the mass and conclude at 2:30 PM. A public reception will also follow the mass in The Cabildo.

 

Burial will take place the following day, Friday, December 20, 2013, at Holy Family Cemetery in New Iberia, LA during a graveside service at 1:00 PM.

 

Funeral arrangements are being handled by Lake Lawn Metairie Funeral Home. 

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be given to the George Rodrigue Foundation of the Arts.

We will continue the mission that George began to advocate for youth development through arts in education and arts-integration through professional development by our Louisiana A+ Schools program."

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The Iberia Parish Convention & Visitors Bureau is the official parish marketing agency promoting New Iberia, Avery Island, Jefferson Island, Jeanerette, Loreauville and Delcambre as a destination. Marketing programs target leisure travelers, business travelers, media, entertainment industry, and the travel trade including group tour planners, meeting planners, sports planners and special event planners. The bureau operates a parish welcome center located at 2513 Hwy. 14 in New Iberia.

 

For more information on parish events and tourism assets, call the Iberia Parish Convention and Visitors Bureau at 337-365-1540 or visit www.iberiatravel.com

  
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