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James Michalopoulos and George Rodrigue Capture Culture on Canvas

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The work of two of Southeast Louisiana Region’s most renowned artists, James Michalopoulos and George Rodrigue, brings unique perspective and color to classic Louisiana scenes. Their work features Louisiana landscapes and is on display in numerous art galleries throughout the state and region.

Rodrigue is best known for his Blue Dog paintings that transformed the image of the original Loup Garou, or Cajun werewolf, into a pop icon now known around the world. Rodrigue’s work is on display in a 4,000-square-foot exhibition space adjacent to St. Louis Cathedral in the French Quarter. The George Rodrigue Foundation of the Arts was formed as a non-profit organization in 2009 and continues to promote the importance of visual art in local youth education by raising thousands of dollars for scholarships, art supplies and other assistance.

Rodrigue’s studio is open to the public and features exhibits throughout the year. Permanent exhibits can also be found in galleries throughout the city of New Orleans, such as the New Orleans Museum of Art and the Sydney and Walda Besthoff Sculpture Garden.

Known for distinctive architectural renderings, Michalopolous captures the essence of local music and culture in his art. Working in a variety of media, Michalopolous’ pieces are characterized by vibrant colors and abstract dimensions and is on display at his gallery in the French Quarter.

 

Photo Credit: George Rodrigue Studios