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As the community continues to mourn the death of local art legend George Rodrigue, many share fond memories of their experiences with the artist, and Gambit's Clancy DuBos is no exception. A dear friend of Rodrigue's, DuBos shares his tribute to the artist, a tribute that reflects his great love for Rodrigue:

Today the art world is mourning the death of Louisiana's famed 'Blue Dog' artist George Rodrigue. Margo and I are mourning the loss of a dear friend. George died Saturday (Dec. 14) in a Houston hospital after a long fight against cancer. He was 69. George leaves behind an extraordinary, four-decade legacy of brilliant (if sometimes misunderstood) art and many, many saddened friends.

I first met George in 1980, when I was a political reporter for The Times-Picayune working on a series about vote fraud in rural Acadiana. I had previously seen his beautiful picture-and-essay book, 'The Cajuns of George Rodrigue,' while attending a party in the French Quarter. I was immediately captivated by George's haunting renditions of bygone Acadians in their culturally distant world. While my friends enjoyed the party, I literally could not put the book down. To this day I remember how George's paintings affected me in a way that only a great work of art can speak to a total stranger.

To read Clancy DuBos' full tribute, 'Fond farewell: George Rodrigue,' click here.

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