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"The Art of George Rodrigue: Shiny Happy Blue Dog" in Sand Springs

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Aired Friday, November 16, 2018

The Sand Springs Cultural & Historical Museum is presenting the artwork of the late Louisiana Cajun painter, George Rodrigue. Rodrigue is best known for his "blue dog" paintings, which he created over the last two decades of his life, but throughout his career, he painted numerous images depicting the people and places of his south Louisiana home. 

On this edition of StudioTulsa, we speak with the artist's wife, Wendy Rodrigue, who continues to dedicate her work to furthering Rodrigue's reputation to an ever-wider audience. As we learn today, she is especially engaged with speaking to young people and school children, who may have never set foot in an art institution to see an original piece of art. Wendy Rodrigue talks about that passion -- and about the exhibit that is on display through February 17th in Sand Springs.

Rich Fisher passed through KWGS about thirty years ago, and just never left. Today, he is the general manager of Public Radio Tulsa, and the host of KWGS’s public affairs program, StudioTulsa, which celebrated its twentieth anniversary in August 2012 . As host of StudioTulsa, Rich has conducted roughly four thousand long-form interviews with local, national, and international figures in the arts, humanities, sciences, and government. Very few interviews have gone smoothly. Despite this, he has been honored for his work by several organizations including the Governor's Arts Award for Media by the State Arts Council, a Harwelden Award from the Arts & Humanities Council of Tulsa, and was named one of the “99 Great Things About Oklahoma” in 2000 by Oklahoma Today magazine.
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