Blue Dog Night

It's a Blue Dog night at pop-up gallery party honoring work of legendary Louisiana artist

It's a Blue Dog night at party honoring legendary Louisiana artist

Blue Dog West Ave event April 2015
Jacques Rodrigue, left, with Don Sanders, who tries on a special pair of Blue Dog sunglasses Photo by Ray Redding
Jonathan Tinkle and Carolyn Farb Blue Dog West Ave
Jonathan Tinkle and Carolyn Farb. Photo by Ray Redding
Jacques and Mallory Rodrigue with co-chairs Ronald Maldonado and Edward Sanchez Blue Dog West Ave
Jacques and Mallory Rodrigue, left, with co-chairs Ronald Maldonado and Edward Sanchez. Photo by Ray Redding
Patti Murphy at George Rodrigue Blue Dog party
Patti Murphy wore a dazzling blue Prada dress to the Blue Dog party. Photo by Ray Redding
Blue Dog West Ave event April 2015 Rodrigue
Chef Jerald Jason Aguilar, left, with Mallory and Jacques Rodrigue. Photo by Ray Redding
Blue Dog West Ave event April 2015
Claudia Burge, left, Victoria Burgess, Donna Holland Beickert, Sandra Crake and Mary Threadgill. Photo by Ray Redding
Kristi Schiller and Tracy Krohn Blue Dog West Ave
Kristi Schiller, left, and Laurie Krohn. Photo by Ray Redding
Blue Dog West Ave event April 2015 Rodrigue silent auction
A silent auction took place to raise funds for the George Rodrigue Foundation. Photo by Ray Redding
Blue Dog West Ave event April 2015
Jonathan Tinkle and Carolyn Farb Blue Dog West Ave
Jacques and Mallory Rodrigue with co-chairs Ronald Maldonado and Edward Sanchez Blue Dog West Ave
Patti Murphy at George Rodrigue Blue Dog party
Blue Dog West Ave event April 2015 Rodrigue
Blue Dog West Ave event April 2015
Kristi Schiller and Tracy Krohn Blue Dog West Ave
Blue Dog West Ave event April 2015 Rodrigue silent auction

A celebrity "blue" carpet lined the second floor of West Ave and most of the well-dressed guests wore blue, which made perfect sense at the "Rodrigue: Houston" champagne preview party.

A who's who of Houston fans of artist George Rodrigue filled the former St. Genevieve lounge space to celebrate a retrospective featuring the work of the renowned Cajun and Blue Dog artist. Honorary chair Susan Sarofim and chairs Dr. Roland Maldonado and Edward Sanchez welcomed more than 300 guests to view 75 works of original art by Rodrigue, including the artist's dark Louisiana landscapes, Cajun genre scenes and iconic Blue Dog paintings, spanning a 50-year period.

Rodrigue passed away in 2013 and his son, Jacques Rodrigue, told the crowd about the work of the George Rodrigue Foundation for the Arts that funds art programs in Louisiana and Texas schools. The evening brought in $35,000 to directly benefit the foundation's Arts in Education programs at 50 Houston schools.

As Al Campbell's Westbury High School Jazz Band and Mike Owens' New Orleans Jazz Trio performed, guests nibbled on Louisiana-inspired light bites from Ruth's Chris Catering and marveled at original works from the collections of the Rodrigue family, former president George H.W. Bush and Houston art collector Don Sanders, who owns a large number of Rodrigue's artwork.

Jacques Rodrigue presented Sanders with a special pair of sunglasses with a Blue Dog embossed on each lens to thank him for his support and to tout a new book, Rodrigue: The Sanders Collection, which was unveiled at the party. Each guest was given a lapel pin of a blue dog with a Texas state flag scarf around its neck. Guests also bid on rare, out-of-circulation Rodrigue artwork in the silent auction and sampled a "Blue Dog" inspired cake, donated by Jerald Aguilar of What's the Occasion Creative Cakery.

Seen in the crowd were Susan Fowler, Terry Hamman, Laura Sanders, Education Outreach underwriters Tyson Dunn and Jana and Richard Fant, host committee members Carrie Colbert, Carolyn Farb, Debbie and Rudy Festari, Debra and Mark Grierson, George Lancaster, Patti and Don Murphy and Kristi Schiller.

Other guests included Mallory Page Rodrigue, Scott Miller, Tina and Fikri Ozcelik, Nicole and James Lassite, Jo and Jim Furr, Monte Stavis, John De La Cruz and Patrick Palmer, and Yuni and JJ Paufigues, who loaned Rodrigue's "Take Me Back To Texas" from their collection. 

The pop-up gallery featuring Rodrigue's work will be on display in Houston through July 5 in the West Ave location. It is open Tuesday through Saturday from 10 a.m. - 6 p.m., Sunday from noon - 5 p.m., and Monday by appointment.

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