Attending the 2014 Westminster Dog Show, NYC

Attending the 2014 Dog Show - Chris Duke

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February 11, 2014

I had a wonderful time at the 2014 Westminster Dog Show where my painting Where the Stars Come Out was featured on the official dog show poster. I spent two fantastic days signing poster prints at Piers 92/94, the impressive venue for the dog benching and preliminary judging.

My daughter Inga, who accompanied me to the show, was a great help as we met dog show attendees and participants, and I personalized dedications on the prints. We loved our conversations with everyone, especially all the stories of the extraordinary dogs in people's lives. My tireless husband John also attended the show, taking thousands of stunning photos.

The posters sold out, which was a thrill. Proceeds from sales will benefit the American Kennel Club's Canine Health Foundation. After our days at the piers, we spent the evenings at Madison Square Garden, watching as the best of the seven canine groups were chosen, and then the distinguished Wire Fox Terrier GCH Afterall Painting The Sky was awarded the coveted Best in Show award. It was an honor to meet many of the people who participate with their magnificent dogs.

The week before the Westminster Dog Show, Connecticut's Litchfield County Times ran the wonderful article, “Duke Creates Second Westminster Poster.” The same week, The Independent of New Hartford, Barkhamsted and West Hartford, CT also ran a very nice piece, “New Hartford Artist’s work is Best in Show.”

More of my dog art is viewable at the link below.