Through Our Eyes: Netop the Painting Pooch and Jacqueline Karch

In the MC Erny Gallery - Through Our Eyes: Netop the Painting Pooch and Jacqueline Karch 

THERE WILL BE NO FOURTH FRIDAY RECEPTION ON DECEMBER 26. Our next Fourth Friday Reception will be on Friday, January 23. 

Regular MC Erny Gallery Viewing Hours: Monday-Friday 10 am - 4pm

This show will close on Friday, January 9. 

***All proceeds from the sale of Netop's paintings will go to The Domestic Violence Shelter and Services.***

It's that time of year again - and this holiday season there is nothing better than an original present. Imagine grandma's face when she opens that beautiful, unique painting! Imagine your son's face when you tell him it was painted by a (very talented) dog! Give your best friend that conversation piece her dining room has been dying for.  Whatever you do, be sure to come down and check out both the unique artwork by Netop the Painting Pooch as well as the exquisite work of his mother, Jacqueline Karch before it's too late.

About the Artists:

Netop the Painting Pooch: Netop was born in January 2003.  When he was a few weeks old, he and his five litter mates were brought to New Hanover County Animal Control.  On April 2, 2003, Netop was adopted from the  New Hanover Humane Society by Jacqueline Karch, Bill Keach and Ruby, a shy two year old Carolina-mix dog.  He was given the name "Netop", the Narragansett Indian word for friend. Netop has taken classes at DogTrain in Wilmington, NC, Bon-Clyde Learning Center in Sanford, NC and The Azalea Dog Training Club in Wilmington, NC. Jacqueline taught Netop to paint.  He did his first painting on March 5, 2006 and has been painting ever since.  He uses brushes made especially for him by Bill Keach, which he holds in his mouth.  He has had numerous exhibits and fundraisers, raising money for animal related charities.  It was one of his fundraisers that raised enough money to equip both New Hanover & Brunswick Counties fire and EMS trucks with pet oxygen masks. He has appeared on Avanti Greeting cards. For more information visit

Jacqueline Karch: Jacqueline Karch began her formal art training at an early age with Hella Bailin, a German painter who had settled near her hometown of Elizabeth, NJ.  During her teenage years she pursued her studies in New York City at The Art Students League studying with Thomas Fogarty and E. Dickinson. She is a Life Member of The Art Students League.  Jacqueline received a BFA from Syracuse University's School of Art in 1968 and a Master's Degree from the Rhode Island School of Design in 1971.  She did post-graduate work in Ceramics at Providence College from 1972-1977. Her ceramic tiles have gained national recognition. They have appeared in Home Magazine, New York Magazine, The Boston Globe, The Boston Herald, and The Providence Journal among others.  She has had numerous exhibits of her drawings, paintings and sculptures. Jacqueline taught Ceramics, Sculpture and Drawing & Painting from 1972-2000 at Central & Classical High Schools in Providence, RI.  Jacqueline & her husband Bill Keach moved from Providence, RI to Leland, NC  in September of 2000.

About the Gallery:

MC Erny was a devoted friend of WHQR from its earliest days. An accomplished actress and great party host, she was always generous with her time, financial support, and affection for the staff. She worked as a supervisor during many fundraisers and was a weekly presence at the front desk. MC was kind, gracious, elegant, witty and fun to be with. Our gallery space has been named in her honor.

The MC Erny Gallery is located in WHQR's studio in The Warwick Building at 254 N. Front Street, downtown Wilmington. Call WHQR at (910) 343-1640 for more information. The Gallery is open Monday - Friday from 10am - 4pm and during Fourth Friday Receptions