Blue Dog Artist Remembered

Fans of iconic Louisiana artist chow down for charity at steakhouse's Blue Dog Room

Fans of iconic Louisiana artist chow down for charity in Blue Dog Room

Jacques Rodrigue, from left, Susan Khron, Don Sanders and Laura Moore at the George Rodrigue Blue Dog dinner September 2014
Jacques Rodrigue, from left, Susan Khron, Don Sanders and Laura Moore. Photo by © Adolfo Chavez III
Yuni and J.J. Paufiques at the George Rodrigue Blue Dog dinner September 2014
 J.J. and Yuni Paufiques. Photo by © Adolfo Chavez III
Steve and Laurie Schroeder, from left, Kelly Khron and Grace Kim at the George Rodrigue Blue Dog dinner September 2014
Steve and Laurie Schroeder, from left, Kelly Khron and Grace Kim. Photo by © Adolfo Chavez III
Kathy Dimmitt, from left, Mallory Rodrigue and Doug Dimmitt at the George Rodrigue Blue Dog dinner September 2014
Kathy Dimmitt, from left, Mallory Rodrigue and Doug Dimmitt. Photo by © Adolfo Chavez III
Chree Boydston and Tim Martinez at the George Rodrigue Blue Dog dinner September 2014
Chree Boydston and Tim Martinez. Photo by © Adolfo Chavez III
Judith Oudt, from left, Don Sanders and Laura Moore at the George Rodrigue Blue Dog dinner September 2014
Judith Oudt, from left, Don Sanders and Laura Moore. Photo by © Adolfo Chavez III
Jacques Rodrigue, from left, Susan Khron, Don Sanders and Laura Moore at the George Rodrigue Blue Dog dinner September 2014
Yuni and J.J. Paufiques at the George Rodrigue Blue Dog dinner September 2014
Steve and Laurie Schroeder, from left, Kelly Khron and Grace Kim at the George Rodrigue Blue Dog dinner September 2014
Kathy Dimmitt, from left, Mallory Rodrigue and Doug Dimmitt at the George Rodrigue Blue Dog dinner September 2014
Chree Boydston and Tim Martinez at the George Rodrigue Blue Dog dinner September 2014
Judith Oudt, from left, Don Sanders and Laura Moore at the George Rodrigue Blue Dog dinner September 2014

The memory of iconic Louisiana artist George Rodrigue resonated through the Blue Dog Room at Ruth's Chris Steakhouse Wednesday night when more than 100 collectors and fans gathered for a fundraising dinner for local schools and arts organizations that promote art education in the classroom.

Several members of the late Rodrigue's family headlined the dinner that featured an auction of several limited edition pieces from the artist's estate. Leading the charge was the artist's son, Jacques Rodrigue, who continues his father's legacy of supporting arts education through the George Rodrigue Foundation of the Arts.

The dinner was a prelude to "Rodrigue: Houston," a three-month exhibition of 100 original works set to go on display in the spring, location yet to be determined. For the exhibition, the foundation will partner with schools by providing free field trips, community art-making events and art supplies kits.

Between the hefty dinner tariff ($1,000 per couple) and the live and silent art auctions, the evening brought in $50,000 for the cause.

Helping raise the ante were Mallory Page Rodrigue, Rodrigue collector and friend Don Sanders, Claudia and Doug Foster, Chree Boydstun, Shelly and Dean Jobko, Laura Moore, and New Orleans transplants Susan Krohn, Darlene and Cappy Bisso and Judith Oudt.

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