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Dog show sept ecovThomas EarlOrganized by the Morris Museum, The Dog Show: The Art of Our Canine Companions (September 12, 2014-December 14, 2014) celebrates dogs in art from the nineteenth century to the present with a focus on British and American artists.  William Secord, a recognized expert on dog painting, has served as an advisor for the show.

Exploring how dogs embody a broad spectrum of emotions, this exhibition will examine works of art in which the dog takes center stage: demonstrating the performance of hounds and sporting dogs working in the field; showcasing specific characteristics of a breed as depicted in pure-bred portraits; and highlighting pet portraits that portray the dog in its domestic environment.  

The exhibition will feature dog paintings by world-renown British artists, including Sir Richard A. Wilson, John Sergent Noble, John Emms, George Earl, and Maud Earl; American nineteenth century artists Edmund Henry Osthaus, Edwin Megargee, Churchill Ettinger, David Johnson, and Gustav Muss-Arnolt; contemporary artists, such as Christine Merrill, Pamela Hall, Sheela Marie Padgett, and Richard Greene; and New Jersey artists A.B. Frost (works on paper), Susan Donnell Budd (pastel), Joseph Sundwall (oil), Pamela Barba (oil) and Debi Lampert-Rudman (ceramics).

More than 100 works will be on view that capture the talent and diversity of canine artists, and also showcase the many breeds that are recognized in America and England, ranging from sporting hounds to pampered pooches.  The exhibition will include original oil paintings, works on paper, bronze sculptures, decorative art, trophies, and canine accessories.  A great variety of breeds will be featured in the show including Beagles, Bloodhounds, Dachshunds, Foxhounds, Greyhounds, Pointers, Retrievers, Spaniels, Setters, Cairn Terriers, Jack Russell Terriers, Scottish Terriers, Welsh Terriers, Yorkshire Terriers, Cavalier King Charles Spaniels, Pugs, Boston Terriers, Bulldogs, Poodles, Corgis and German Shepherds, to name a few.

The inspiration for the exhibition was Geraldine R. Dodge, a legend in the purebred dog world who was a renowned art collector, philanthropist, Sept e cov dog show 2George Earldog show judge, breeder and exhibitor of champion dogs.  A long time resident of Morris County, New Jersey, her interest in dog breeding led to the creation of Giralda Farms Kennels, known internationally as the home of the finest German Shepherds, Pointers, and English Cocker Spaniels, among other breeds.   Mrs. Dodge conducted pioneering research on the English Cocker Spaniel, which established a new bred standard.  Her research on the German Shepherds was equally important.  In 1927, Mrs. Dodge created the Morris and Essex Dog Show, which was conducted from 1927 until 1953, and which became one of the most widely attended dog shows in the world, attracting up to 50,000 spectators.  Her affection for dogs was not limited to living specimens and Mrs. Dodge amassed an incredible art collection; artworks from the Dodge Collection are included in the exhibition.  

Related Programs

Wednesday, October 1, 6:00PM
Join celebrated authority William Secord for an illustrated presentation of dogs in art and then tour The Dog Show to explore outstanding paintings by British and American artists.
Members: $8 / Non-Members: $10
Registration required. To register, call 973.971.3706

Saturday, November 8, 11:00AM-3:00PM
Join local rescue groups and business owners for a celebration of all things dog.  Organizations include Mt. Pleasant Animal Shelter, Elephant Nose Pet Center, Cherrybrook, Fat Murray’s, Elite PAWtique, Elite Pet Spa & Boutique.  
FREE for Members/ Non-Members: $7/child, $10/adults

Saturday, October 4, 11:00AM-4:00PM
FREE for Members / Non-Members: $7/child, $10/adult

•    Create a photo frame for your pet
•    Design a name banner for your pet
•    Craft a puppet inspired by your pet
•    Make a pet rock
•    Service dog demonstration by The Seeing Eye® at 12:00PM
•    Police dog demonstration by The Morris County Sheriff’s Office at 2:30PM

About the Morris Museum

Founded in 1913, the Morris Museum is an award-winning, community-based arts and cultural institution which serves the public through high caliber exhibitions in the arts, sciences and humanities.  The Museum also offers educational programs, family events, and is home to the Bickford Theatre and its wide range of performing arts offerings.  For mor information, visit www.morrismuseum.org.


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