Posted: Dec 19, 2013 5:20 AM
NEW ORLEANS - A funeral Mass will be held at St. Louis Cathedral Thursday for artist George Rodrigue, who painted scenes from Cajun country but became famous for his round-eyed, perk-eared Blue Dog.
Rodrigue died Saturday of cancer. He was 69.
Archbishop Gregory Aymond will officiate at the 10:30 a.m. service. A graveside service and burial will be held at 1 p.m. Friday at Holy Family Cemetery in New Iberia.
Rodrigue, a native of southwest Louisiana, began painting at age 9, when he had polio and his mother brought him paint-by-number kits. He began art lessons when he was 12.
In lieu of flowers, the family says memorial donations may be mailed to the George Rodrigue Foundation of the Arts in New Orleans or online via www.RodrigueFoundation.org.