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Mercy's Fine Art Teacher Exhibits at Erie Art Museum

by cnewman

Patron Saints and Other Paintings
by Jacqueline Welch
May 17 through September 15, 2013
Erie Art Museum - Bacon Gallery

Meet and Greet the artist during Gallery Night
Friday, May 31, 2013 from 7-10pm
Artist Talk 7pm

Fueled by her passion for dog rescue and interest in religious artwork, Jacqueline Welch's paintings portray dogs as patron saints. While traditional portrayals of saints explore the intense relationship between humans and the divine, Welch is most intrigued by the unique bond between humans and canines. Her subjects are often modeled after real dogs - street dogs and shelter pets - and portions of her proceeds go to support animal shelters and dog welfare groups. Welch aims to advocate for street, shelter and racetrack dogs and their right to be life-long companions.

Welch's canines are set in surreal landscapes and expertly rendered in oil glazes over detailed graphite drawings. Her saints come in all breeds and sizes, from Dachshunds to Great Danes and everything in between.

Originally from Rochester, NY, Welch now teaches art at Mount Mercy Academy. She holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Painting from SUNY Buffalo and a Masters of Fine Arts from Vermont College of the Fine Arts.

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Cassidy Reid

Class of 2022

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