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About the Artist
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Dulcy is best known as one of the pioneers in Public Access and Reality based television in New York City. Her long running shows “Reel People Review” and “Cable Personals” were recipients of many awards, and included the top celebrities and sports figures of the day. She’s also known as a creator and innovator for light weight mobile filming which opened the door for YouTube type video. Dulcy is truly an industry pioneer and Icon.

You may be interested to know why the artist signs her paintings Dulcy Thomas. That is because “Thomas” was part her maiden middle name. Her maternal side’s ancestor, Molly Thomas, was a Maysville, Kentucky, woman who raised 11 of her children as Presbyterians. When a foundling was left on her home’s front steps with a note asking “Ms. Molly, please raise this child as a Catholic even though I know you are Presbyterian.” Molly did. Molly was also a modern day entrepreneur having the city fill in land next to her house and then selling it for a significant increase in value.

Dulcy has a long history in the arts. Not only is she an artist, but has had extensive experience in the television industry. This resulted in various comedy segments produced, by Dulcy for a television pilot with Carl Reiner of NBC-TV. There was also Dulcy‘s segment “At the Beach, with producer/actor/comedian, Fred Willard for Comedy Central‘s, “Access America.” The stage art work, set design was created by Dulcy for her young participating New York Actors. Still later she became a Production Coordinator for The Michael Landon/Children with Leukemia Foundation Awards along with Mrs. Landon and co-producers from MTV/Viacom. Dulcy’s video work behind the scenes of the Leukemia Foundation Awards/First Event is in the Columbia Pictures Archives, Culver City, California.

Dulcy produced a segment for Greg Kinnear/Fox Television in the days before his illustrious film career. Later, an International Women’s Day Festival Award, for a video that was broadcast on WBGH/PBS outlet in the greater Boston Area. Following that was a documentary project with East Heights Productions on the life of Margaret Mitchell of “Gone with the Wind” fame resulted in inclusion in Columbia University Archives. A small project for World of Wonder Productions attracted overseas attention from TV-4, U.K., and a French News Television Company, CBNewsTV Dulcy ventured into creating a character (female version of Groucho) television comedy performance.

Early training in swimming soon faded as an interest in Dulcy’s life, and painting took front and center. When Dulcy was a teenager, she studied privately with world renowned Washington, D.C., artist, Odell Wooten, and several artists at The Corcoran School of Art Washington, D.C., including, Grace Hyatt. Later there were private lessons with Ms. Hyatt. There was also a short period of time in sculpture classes at The Corcoran, but it wasn’t to Dulcy’s liking.

In her late teens, Dulcy studied at the most independent art school in America. That is The Art Students League of N.Y. Not only was she a student from 1960-1964, receiving a C.F.A. She was awarded the prestigious Byron Browne Memorial Scholarship, and also taught (as what is known as “Class Monitor”) for commercial/Fine Artists, Howard and Willa Trafton. Howard Trafton revolutionized advertising art from small, stiff figures to sweeping full page fashion drawings in such publications as The New York Times and for advertising for A & S Department Stores in Brooklyn, New York. Mr. Trafton is well known for his “Trafton Type” a lettering known by most publishers and editors. Mrs. Willa Trafton, also teaching at The ASL, came from a family that worked for Currier and Ives.

Dulcy, at the Art Students League of New York, was Class Monitor and model for the then famous 1960’s Hot Fashion Designer, Dagmar.

Years later, Dulcy, after raising a family, returned to painting in California. Many of her paintings are in private collections in American as well as England, and Italy. Other interests include photography, set design, and writing.


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