Locals remember Blue Dog artist George Rodrigue

Published: Thursday, December 19, 2013 at 03:08 PM.

The art world lost a legend this week when it lost Blue Dog artist George Rodrigue.

Destin artist Don Sawyer met Rodrigue 10 or 11 years ago when he walked into and then spent the afternoon in Sawyer's gallery.

"He looked at my art and gave suggestions, then he took one of my pieces and put his Blue Dog in it," remembers Sawyer.

Sawyer still has the painting and would not consider selling it. In turn, Sawyer painted a portrait of Rodrigue's new dog, Harry.

"He is legend in New Orleans," said Sawyer. "Icon didn't apply to him. I have known two masters: Woodie Long and George Rodrigue."

Sawyer and Rodrigue remained in touch and met again for lunch in Baytowne on one of Rodrigue's subsequent visits.

"He was very dedicated to the arts. Everything he did revolved around the arts. He loved kids. He was sweet, most sincere. He bought an entire block in the French Quarter and refurbished it. I hate losing him. He was great. There will never be another," said Sawyer.

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