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Artist Stephen Huneck, 'Dog Chapel' Founder, Dies
A print by Vermont folk artist Stephen Huneck is seen in his dog chapel in St. Johnsbury, Vt. Huneck, whose paintings and woodcuts of dogs won him worldwide renown and inspired construction of a canine chapel at his St. Johnsbury studio, has died. Huneck, 60, of St. Johnsbury, died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound Thursday. AP Photo/Toby Talbot.
MONTPELIER, VT (AP).- Folk artist Stephen Huneck, whose love of dogs inspired paintings, woodcuts and a "dog chapel," has died.

The St. Johnsbury, Vt., man died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound Thursday in Littleton, N.H. He was 60.

His wife says he was despondent after being forced to lay off employees at his Dog Mountain studio and chapel.

The studio and chapel have drawn animal lovers from all over the world. The chapel offers a place of reflection for dog owners and their pets.

Huneck was born in Sudbury, Mass. He started out by whittling wooden sculptures and later specialized in dog-themed furniture, woodcut paintings and children's books.

Copyright 2010 The Associated Press.

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