Terry Chacon Exhibit at the AKC Museum of the Dog

A stunning exhibit of artist Terry d. Chacon’s work opened in May 2014 at the American Kennel Club Museum of the Dog in St. Louis.

By Allan Reznik, Photos Courtesy Terry d. Chacon | Posted: August 19, 2014 4 p.m. PST

Terry d. Chacon Dog Museum
Terry d. Chacon in front of some of her works at the AKC Museum of the Dog. All photos courtesy Terry d. Chacon.

Exhibitors who attended the Afghan Hound Club of St. Louis specialty on May 14, the Saluki Club of America National Specialty the following week, and the four all-breed shows preceding both events had a unique opportunity beyond showing at the state-of-the-art Purina Farms facility in Gray Summit, Mo. A stunning exhibit of artist Terry d. Chacon’s work opened that Saturday evening at the American Kennel Club Museum of the Dog in nearby St. Louis.

Gretchen Bernardi, a new board member of the museum, was keen to combine the specialty offerings at the Purina Events Center with what the museum has to showcase. "The Mississippi Valley Kennel Club is my all-breed show, and I thought it was a perfect opportunity to join forces for an event at the museum,” says Bernardi. "After consulting with the Afghan Hound club, my show contracted Terry Chacon and Abbe Shaw, both Afghan Hound breeder-judges, to judge at our two all-breed shows. With the Salukis coming for their National, the weekend offered two days of supported entries with sweepstakes and breeder-judges, in addition to four all-breed shows and several other specialties. It seemed a winning situation for everyone.”

The museum graciously agreed to ship Chacon’s artwork for an exhibit that ran from May 14 through June 15, and the museum staff created a beautiful exhibit of her work. "They also displayed other Afghan and Saluki pieces from the permanent collection,” says Bernardi. "Museum staff, Jarnell Carter from the Afghan world and Stephanie Gamble from the Saluki world hosted a reception open to all, complete with wine, cheese, coffee and dessert. It was a great success!” Many guests toured the museum for the first time, and Bernardi will be working with Purina, the museum and other specialty clubs across the country to host similar events.


Terry d. Chacon

Terry d. Chacon judging
Chacon judging Afghan Hounds in South Africa.

Terry d. Chacon is a national award-winning artist from Redlands, Calif. Her work can be found in private collections in more than 15 countries. She sculpts in ceramic and bronze and does commissioned portraits in her studio. As a breeder of Afghan Hounds for some 40 years, her work is known and much admired by sighthound owners and art collectors, but the exhibit at the museum gave her exposure to an all-breed audience beyond the Hound Group.

Chacon is an avid plein air artist. She explains that "plein air is a French term for painting on location.” Because of her fascination with Impressionistic-style paintings like those of Monet, she sought to learn a style of painting that would enhance her abilities by adding color and light to her subjects not only in her studio but on location as well.

Chacon succeeded in marrying her two passions, landscape and dogs. "I love the interaction of people and their dogs competing and try to capture that special feeling along with the venue that is recognizable by most anyone in dogs. Whether the viewer is in the painting or not, they seem to have a memorable experience by viewing the art.”

The first dog show scene she painted was the cluster of shows in Pomona, Calif. She captured the colorful rows of vendors’ tents and named the painting "Looking for Ring 5.” Those who attend the glamorous Santa Barbara Kennel Club show each summer can see Chacon’s painting on the cover of the catalog. Each year’s cover captures a different Group competing in the Purina Pro Plan Breeder’s Showcase on Saturday evening. Dog-loving collectors bid enthusiastically to take home the original painting.


The AKC Museum of the Dog

Terry d. Chacon & Allan Reznik
Dogs in Review Editor-in-Chief Allan Reznik and artist Terry d. Chacon at the AKC Museum of the Dog in St. Louis, Mo.

The AKC Museum of the Dog is home to the world’s finest collection of art devoted to the dog. The 14,000-square-foot facility, which includes the historic Jarville House (1853), displays more than 700 original paintings, drawings, watercolors, prints, sculptures, bronzes and porcelain figurines.

Its mission statement defines the museum as "dedicated to the collection, preservation, exhibition and interpretation of the art, artifacts and literature of the dog for the purposes of education, historical perspective, aesthetic enjoyment and ... to enhance the appreciation for and knowledge of the significance of the dog and the human/canine relationship.” Open year-round, the AKC Museum of the dog is a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt organization funded mainly by private and corporate gift donations. For further information, go to www.museumofthedog.org. To find out more about Chacon, visit her website, www.terrydchacon.com.


Ring 5 Chacon
"Looking for Ring 5," by Terry d. Chacon.


From the August 2014 issue of Dogs in Review magazine. Subscribe to receive 12 months of Dogs in Review magazine, or call 1-888-738-2665 to purchase a single copy.


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