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Canines in Uniform

Article Published: Jun. 30, 2011 | Modified: Sep. 7, 2011
Canines in Uniform

'Canines in Uniform' by Matt Cook are available at ArtWalk in Boone.

There's nothing like seeing man's best friend in full military regalia to get one in the mood for Fourth of July festivities.

The paintings of Matt Cook do just that.

Cook now has on display a collection of pugs, boxers, schnauzers and other pups dressed in military uniforms from home and abroad. The serious garb and traditional style of the paintings compete with their fun-loving subjects.

Born in Jacksonville, Fla., in 1964 into a military family, Cook was first exposed to art lessons at an early age while his family was living in the Philippines. He graduated from the School of Art at East Carolina University with a bachelor of fine arts degree in graphic design in 1994. It was there that he discovered his true love of printmaking and painting.

Cook's work consisted mainly of printmaking and woodcuts, and over the last few years he has added acrylic paintings to his repertoire. His accomplishments are made up of landscapes, still life paintings and pet portraits. He has also painted historical and unique vanishing architecture, such as churches, warehouses and diners through out North Carolina.

Cook has obtained many awards from the "Art Show at the Dog Show" in Wichita, Kan., and it is his dog pieces that have garnered him the most response and praise. Cook's beloved boxer has been the subject of several of his dog portraits and woodcuts, but it wasn't until Cook met a man at a party that his newest phase of painting portraits of dogs in costumes was born. Cook was commissioned to paint a portrait of his own boxer in a military costume for the Carolina Boxer Rescue's website.

Cook's dog portraits, bear paintings and other artwork can be found in ArtWalk's lower level. With three and a half floors and more than 300 local, regional and national artists, ArtWalk is located at 611 W. King St. (across from Mast General Store) in downtown Boone. Hours are Monday through Saturday, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., and Sunday, from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

For more information, or to inquire about individual gallery booths for rent, call (828) 264-9998, e-mail ( or visit

Gallery Times

Gallery Times is a weekly news feature of The Mountain Times, featuring short news items submitted by local galleries.

For more information or to make a submission, contact editor Frank Ruggiero at ( or (828) 264-6397.

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