John Richards' dogs at ArtWalk

Article Published: Jun. 10, 2010 | Modified: Sep. 7, 2011
John Richards' dogs at ArtWalk

This week, ArtWalk is featuring the ceramic work of John Richards.

A native of Wisconsin, Richards now lives in Burnsville. His ceramic dog leash holders have become quite popular with local dog lovers. Featuring canine faces in deep relief with a small hook, the leash holders are small enough to fit on any wall space, below a light switch or next to a door.

They are offered in a variety of colors, including tan, black, off-white and several shades of brown, all dusted in white to bring out the detail of fur. A wide range of breeds are available, including the Labrador Retriever, Schnauzer, Poodle, Chihuahua, Beagle, Springer Spaniel, Collie, Pomeranian, Boxer, Jack Russell, Scotty, Yorky, German Shephard, Lhasa Apso, Cocker Spaniel and Shih Tzu.

Richards comes from a creative family with an artist for a mother and a writer for a father. After earning his B.A. in English from Union College in Schenectady, N.Y., and teaching for a few years, he began taking classes at Pratt Institute in New York City. Since then, he has been a practicing artist.

His work has appeared in a variety of museums, including New York's Museum of Contemporary Crafts and Museum of Modern Art, several publications, such as House and Garden, The New York Times, and Southern Living Magazine, as well as a few gallery shops.

John Richard's dog leash holders are located on ArtWalk's main 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) Boone, N.C. 28607. Though ArtWalk is open Monday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Sunday from 12 to 5 p.m, customers may shop all the time at the gallery's online store. ArtWalk continually welcomes new artists of all media and ages to inquire about individual gallery booths for rent. For more information, call (828) 264-9998, email ( or visit

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

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

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