Wednesday, November 23, 2011

‘Giving Thanks’

Watch national dog show with local flavor

Judy Stoltzfus was selected to design this year’s poster for The National Dog Show by Purina. Owners of Atkinsons’ reusable bags will recognize her work, which will be televised nationally Thanksgiving Day. Courtesy photo

"Little Judy" Stoltzfus of Hailey was commissioned to paint the themed program cover and poster for the National Dog Show 2011.

"For me it's huge because I'm just little Judy in Hailey and this thing is national," Stoltzfus said.

Titled "Giving Thanks," the rendering depicts the Best in Show winners from the past nine years of the Purina pet food production sitting at a Thanksgiving table with one empty seat, waiting for this year's winner.

Stoltzfus, originally from Chicago, has lived in Hailey for 30 years. She paints large canvases for theater sets, gaining an appreciation for working with light and shadow. She runs her own graphic design business and said she enjoys the ability to go back and forth between commercial and fine-art forms. Though most of her work depicts mountain wildlife, she said "painting these show dogs was an opportunity too great to pass up."


Ketchum's Kathy Carson of special-events promoter Carson International said viewers will also see work by Karen Waters Graphics, Express Printing and Davis Embroidery used to make the show come to life.

"It's wonderful to be involved with [something] that so many people love to watch and has become a national Thanksgiving Day tradition," Carson said. "It's a great way to spend some time with your family, including your dogs!"

The National Dog Show by Purina

Watch for Sun Valley boxer Scarlett, owned by Jack and Pat Billhardt and who was in the pack of seven finalists for Best in Show last year, come back and try and take the Working Dog title. The show airs Thursday at noon on NBC following the Macy's Parade in New York.

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