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Hutch admires the scene at the Great Vermont Plein Air Paint-Out.

Hutch admires his mom’s work at the Great Vermont Plein Air Paint-Out.

Waitsfield, Vermont. With Catherine Elliott: Hutch is a true artist’s dog. He is an English Labrador. Goes with me everywhere to painting events. His father is an international award winning show dog, but we just love his sweet temperament and good nature.

Hutch

Hutch

To see his mom’s artwork visit: www.catherinemelliott.com.

Author’s notes: Last weekend, I was on assignment at the Vermont Festival of the Art’s “Plein Air” Paint-Out where I met Hutch and his person, Connecticut artist Catherine Elliott. Hutch immediately became a much-adored paint-out mascot! He didn’t seem to mind sharing the role with Mabel and Jenny, the McTigue sisters’ cats who live at Bridge Street’s All Things Bright & Beautiful.

What’s a “plein air” paint-out, you ask? It’s an event where artists gather to paint outside, in the open air, then show and sell their fresh work. If you missed the paint-out, check the Facebook page of the Valley Arts Foundation for my photo album.

Paint-Out spectators came in all sizes. I didn’t photograph every dog, but here’s a gallery of my three favorites:

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