Feb 1, 2011 9:05 PM by Shawn Kline

Youngsville tree gets Blue Dog treatment

A Youngsville tree is about to be put on canvas.
The oak is in the way of a road project that would straighten Highway 92 but with the help of a famous painter, the city might be able to move the tree.
They say a picture is worth a thousand words and some Acadiana residents hope his picture of the Youngsville oak tree can turn into $250-thousand.
"This seems like a real good project to get involved in through the sale of a print," Painter, George Rodrigue said.
Rodrigue is a world renowned artist; his blue dog can be found just about anywhere in Acadiana. Now, Rodrigue is on a mission to help the oak tree.
"It's very fitting that someone who has had art success with the oak trees of Acadiana be there to help protect and save it," Harold Schoeffler said.
When Rodrigue first started painting, he painted live oak trees. Now he's going back to his "roots" and even "branch"ing out to save a 250-year-old tree.
"These 200-300 year old oak trees is our heritage." Rodrigue says, "it's one of the things we have to save."
The plan is to move the 50-foot tree- a mammoth task that would cost a lot of money.
"In today's technology, if they say they can move it, then lets move it." Rodrigue says, "if we have to raise the money for it, then we'll do that."
Money Youngsville residents hope to raise with the help of their neighbor from New Iberia- a man and a paintbrush.


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