Jaynie Milligan Spector, Epsilon Beta/U of North Carolina–Chapel Hill, owns an animal and pet art gallery in Charleston, South Carolina.
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Jaynie Milligan Spector, of Dog and Horse Fine Pet and Portraiture in Charleston, South Carolina, opened her gallery after years of working in other areas of the art world.
She began her career in the 1970s after graduating from the U of North Carolina–Chapel Hill with a liberal arts degree and completing an intensive art program at Sotheby’s Auction house in London. “I studied with art scholar Donald Kuspit, who is one of America’s most distinguished art critics,” she says. “He inspired my interest in contemporary art.”
Jaynie’s early jobs included working at Christie’s Contemporary Art Department, an art gallery in New York City’s SoHo neighborhood, and as an account executive in the business department for Art and Antiques magazine. One day, she chanced upon a gallery in Manhattan that specialized in dog art and the idea enchanted her.
“The idea of top-quality contemporary artists painting dogs started to come together in my mind,” she says. But it wasn’t until 13 years later that she held her first exhibit of dog art, “A Celebration of Dogs,” at the Ryland Inn in Somerset County, New Jersey.
“I was helping a friend decorate her living room and came across her father-in-law’s painting of a Golden Retriever and remembered my dream about a gallery of dog paintings. For more than a year, I worked on getting my stable of canine artists together.” It was a success, and Jaynie followed it with a move to Charleston, where she opened her dream gallery.
The gallery represents contemporary and traditional American and British artists who specialize in works featuring dogs and horses. Part of the gallery’s success can be attributed to its location in Charleston, which has a thriving art community and is a destination for people who collect art and antiques. With her faithful sidekick, Lucy, an English Cocker Spaniel, Jaynie welcomes visitors from all over the world to the gallery.
She is an initiate of Epsilon Beta/U of North Carolina–Chapel Hill.
You are invited to visit Jaynie’s gallery at www.dogandhorsefineart.com.