The paintings of Palisadian author and artist Jackie Clark Mancuso, creator of the “Paris-Chien” children’s book adventure series based on her real-life Norwich terrier Hudson, are on display at the Nest Dedham Art Gallery in Dedham, Massachusetts, through the month of July.
Mancuso’s original gouache paintings, part Fauvist and part California pop, are a delight to behold. A total of 27 works were put on display, five of which have already sold to private collectors.
With soft sublimity Mancuso captures Greek islands, Italian olive trees, Parisian flowers, Moroccan souks and, of course, dogs: Staffordshires, Westies, basset hounds, corgis and more.
While on a holiday in Portugal, Mancuso and her husband, former Loyola Marymount School of Film and Television Dean Stephen Ujlaki (now a returning professor), rented their Palisades home out to a couple from Massachusetts, who happened to be the owners of the Nest Dedham Art Gallery. Impressed by Mancuso’s works, they offered her a July exhibition spot.
“I had turned down a show last fall,” Mancuso told the Palisadian-Post. “This time I said yes because friends encouraged me to take my painting more seriously. Exhibiting is a step in that direction.”
Mancuso and Ujlaki will venture next to the Greek islands of Folegandros and Sifnos before their return home to the Palisades.
“If you, friends or family are in the area, I hope you will drop by to see the framed paintings and matted prints, as well as notecards and the Hudson books.”
Mancuso can also be commissioned for custom dog portraits.
For more information, visit jackiemancuso.com.