Photo by Bill Cates
|Gwen with a selection of framed paintings|
Gwen Cates, a painter who creates playful and experimental paintings, recently moved back to her native Virginia from the Santa Ynez Valley in California where she painted and exhibited for 17 years.
Gwen's new home, Whiskey Ridge Farm, is located in the Free Union area near Charlottesville. Work is underway to create the new Whiskey Ridge Studio. An outbuilding on the farm offers an opportunity for an exciting, well lighted and spacious studio.
Gwen Cates is a contemporary colorist who creates experimental and playful abstract paintings in acrylic, often with collage elements. The images have been inspired and grew out of earlier plein air landscapes and figurative work. Gwen calls this series of paintings Interior Monologues. Going deeper into her subconscious and the world of dreams, Gwen reveals fantasies from her imagination. She creates archetypal images and incorporates winged figures, horses and other animals in her compositions. Swatches of fabric, lace and lichen from oak trees are some of the elements that are included in the paintings.
Selected Exhibits 2014:
Selected Exhibits 2013:
EXHIBITS & PROJECTS 2012
Santa Ynez Valley Artists' Studio Tour sponsored by The Wildling Art Museum
AGSYV Avant exhibit & Silent Auction
Solo exhibit of Gwen Cates' abstract paintings, "Interior Monologues,"The C Gallery in Los Alamos September and through November.
Solo exhibit of contemporary plain air landscapes, COLORSCAPES, at GALLERY BLEU in Los Angeles during the month of
February with two catered receptions featuring wine from Tantara Winery.
Shaw Galleries in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania exhibited a collection of
Gwen's vineyard paintings with a reception featuring wines from Tantara
Exhibit and Slide Show of Gwen's vineyard paintings at The Duquesne Club in Pittsburgh with a presentation of Tantara Wines.
Hollister Ranch Paintings at Gallery 113 in Santa Barbara on the Mezzanine.
Santa Ynez Valley Studio Artists' Tour sponsored by The Wildling Art
Solo exhibit of Gwen Cates landscapes at the Ballard Inn and Restaurant.
Tantara Winery Spring and Fall Open Houses.
Faulkner Gallery and at Gallery 113 group shows in Santa Barbara.
AGSYV exhibit at Cabrillo Pavillion in Santa Barbara.
SELECTED EXHIBITS 2008
Gallery 113, La Arcada Court, Santa Barbara, Santa Cruz Island Paintings on the Mezzanine
The Meisel Gallery AGSYV show at the Rehabilitation Institute in Santa Barbara.
SELECTED 2007 EVENTS:
Major cash award at the SBAA Faulker Exhibit, January
Gwen painted on Santa Cruz Island with a group of SCAPE artists.
Tantara Winery Open House.
Body of Work group show at the Elverhoj Museum in Solvang.
Gwen gave an oral presentation and exhibit of her Sedgwick Ranch landscapes at Sedgwick Ranch.
SELECTED PAST SOLO EXHIBITS:
2006 Colorscapes, a solo exhibit of paintings at the Elverhoj Museum in Solvang and Painting the Bell.
Corridan Gallery Kickoff Exhibit for Santa Barbara Studio Artists Studio Tour.
2005 Featured artist for the Santa Barbara County Vintner's Association Spring Festival.
2004 Featured artist for the Santa Barbara County Vintner's Association Spring Festival.
Fox Searchlight invitational exhibit of Santa Barbara County landscapes at the Gala Premier of the film, "Sideways"
2002 Faulkner Gallery East in Santa Barbara.
Los Olivos Wines and Spirits Emporium hosted "An Evening of Tantara
Wines and Gwen Cates' Art"
2003 Artist of the Month at the San Luis Obispo Artists' Gallery
2001 Solo exhibit at ArtBrut in Los Alamos.
1999 Downtown Inn Art Gallery, Charlottesville, VA
1995 Alex Gallery, DuPont Circle, Washington DC, Upstairs Gallery
1994 Alex Gallery, DuPont Circle, Washington DC, Main Gallery
1992 Edith Grove Gallery, Chelsea, London, UK
1990 Edith Grove Gallery, Chelsea, London, UK
1986 Ivy Gallery, Charlottesville, VA
1982 Living Gallery, Roanoke, VA
1981 Yeatts Gallery, Roanoke, VA
1979 Another Gallery, Roanoke, VA