Jackie’s art experience and degrees encompass an incredible breadth of advanced art designations, which make her highly qualified and gifted to teach a variety of art forms that go beyond what you would normally find at a commercial institution providing arts. Gentry Music & Arts provides arts instruction in four disciplines, providing residents in St. George UT and surrounding communities with outstanding arts instruction. Whether you are a beginner or someone who wants to sharpen existing skills, Jackie can provide you with the arts instruction you want and need.


Learning the various techniques of painting can be an intimidating process. Working with Jackie will allow you to begin to master basic painting techniques in no time. You’ll learn how to paint texture, make corrections and select appropriate supplies to accomplish different brushstrokes and techniques in mediums such as oils, acrylics and watercolors. Among the techniques that you will learn, or improve on, include:

  • Priming a canvas and/or watercolor paper through an application of a layer of primer that will help set the painting surface.
  • Building up the paint through underpainting, which allows you to establish the building blocks of tone and texture.
  • Surface painting mixing, where you learn how to build overlays of color to construct the tonal key for your artwork.
  • Building texture through proper brushwork techniques.

Nothing is more frustrating than realizing you have made a major mistake halfway through your piece. Whether that mistake involves color selection, object positioning or another element, Jackie works closely with you to show you how you can correct it. Throughout the process, it’s important to remember that correction is an important part of learning how to paint properly. Even the most experienced artists have to correct their work


Sculpture is the oldest, and perhaps, the most endearing form of arts known to humanity. It’s also a form that is constantly changing, particularly during the last century. While sculpting was an art form that used stone for centuries, it now encompasses a variety of mediums such as various metals, clay and commercially made sculpting materials that make learning both practical and fun.

Children are particularly drawn to sculpting because it gives them the opportunity to expand their imaginations through inexpensive molding materials. Jackie shows your children how to combine common materials to create unique, three-dimensional works of art.

No matter what sculpting medium is used, the principles of sculptural design are the same. These are orientation, proportion, scale, articulation and balance. Orientation creates a sense of harmony, or the opposite, in the sculpture itself or in its relationship to the viewer and/or its surroundings. Proportion involves lines, area, volume and mass, all of which coexist in every sculptural design and contribute to its beauty. Articulation refers to the formal presentation of the work. Highly articulated designs have a defined place for every element. Scale refers to the size of the sculpture in relation to its surroundings. Balance is the ordered relationship of parts that can be symmetrical or asymmetrical. Students at Gentry Music & Arts will learn these elements in a way that is appropriate to their age and skill level.


Etching, also called scratch art, involves dramatically different methods for adults and children. The traditional form uses a metal plate onto which the artist creates a design through an acid-resisting ground with a special pen. The plate is exposed to an acid bath, which allows the lines to be eaten away to create the design. Once the design is on the plate, the artist places thick ink onto it, which seeps into the lines. After the excess ink is wiped off, the etching is then created through a special press.

This traditional art form can be performed in a variety of methods that don’t include the use of toxic materials, which often contain hazardous vapors. You will learn how to be proficient in non-toxic etching methods that preserve the traditional method through organic means.

Scratch art is also a form that children absolutely love and is appropriate for even the youngest artists. Younger children can learn this method through the application of crayons, oil pastels and acrylic paints that can be scraped away. Older children and teens can learn more traditional forms of etching.


Another enduring art form is the creation of portraits, which goes back at least 5,000 years to ancient Egypt. Before the invention of photography, it was the only way to record an individual’s appearance.

Portrait creation uses the basic elements of artistic design to replicate the human form. These are:

  • Balance
  • Contrast
  • Dominance
  • Pattern
  • Rhythm
  • Gradation
  • Unity

All of these elements should fit together comfortably to produce a pleasing design. Beginning artists must first learn these design elements, which are initially taught through simple drawings. Portraits can be created in a variety of mediums that include pen and ink, pencil, pastels, acrylics and oils. Once you learn the basics of portrait creation, Jackie enjoys helping you improve your skills even more by encouraging you to include mood, feelings and captured moments through a variety of more advanced techniques.

Carmen “Jackie” Almonte Gentry

Born in Santo Domingo, Jackie felt the inclination for drawing and painting at an early age. She enrolled in the
National School of Fine Arts (Escuela Nacional de Bellas Artes – ENBA) to study arts.

In 1989 she furthered her studies at the Arts Faculty of the Santo Domingo Autonomous University {Universidad Aut6noma de
Santo Domingo – UASD) where she earned her degree in Graphic and Advertising Design.

In 1999 she embarks in the postgraduate studies course of the National
School of Fine Arts, emphasizing a Specialization in Painting and studies under renowned Professor Angel Hach6, culminating in her graduating in 2001.

ln 2010 she earned her Bachelors Degree in Visual Arts, emphasizing painting, as Cum Laude from the Arts Faculty of the Autonomous University of Santo Domingo (UASD).


  • 2017 * 1’t Drawing lndividual Exhibit, Voids of the Soul (“Huecos del Alma”) – 5th Centenary HotelGallery.
  • 2OO7 – 1’t Student Drawing Collective Exhibit – Pedro Mir Central Library Autonomous University ofSanto Domingo (UASD).
  • 2006 – Collective Exhibit, This ls Where I Create (“Aquf Me Toc6 Crea/’) – Pedro Mir Central Library,Autonomous University of Santo Domingo (UASD).
  • 2O02 – Portrait Collective Exhibit – ln Front of the lmage (“Frente a la lmagen’) – ENBA
  • 2001- Etching Collective Exhibit, New Graphic (“Nueva Grdfica”)- Fine Arts Palace.
  • 2O01- Postgraduate Exhibit – Ruptures – ENBA.
  • 2000 – Travelling Collective Exhibit, 20th Festival of the Caribbean Culture, Cuba-Puerto Rico.
  • 2000 – Collective Exhibit, Africa, Untamed Perceptions (“Africa, Percepciones Cimarronas”) -UNESCO.
  • 1999 – End of the Year Collective Exhibit – ENBA.
  • 1998 – End of the Year Collective Exhibit – ENBA.
  • 1997 – Collective Exhibit, Youth & Students’ Festival- Havana, Cuba.
  • 1997 – 6th Collective Exhibit, Picto-Grupo Minerva – CODIA.


Has been awarded several honorary mentions and awards in different areas of the visual arts:

  • 2OO7 Second Place, Drawing – 1’t Collective Student Drawing Exhibit – Pedro Mir Central
    Library, Autonomous University of Santo Domingo (UASD).
  • 1999 Recognition for Collaboration at 21st Visual Arts Biennial at the Museum of Modern
  • 1999 Second Place, Natural Painting – ENBA.
  • 1999 Recognition for Highest Grade Point Average at the ENBA.
  • 1999 Honorary Mention, Still Ufe ll- ENBA.
  • 1998 First Place, Applied Arts ll- ENBA.
  • 1998 Honorary Mention, Sculpture ll – ENBA.
  • 1997 Second Place, Lithography – National School of Fine Arts (Escuela Nacional de Bellas
    Artes – ENBA).