June 30 - Aug 31, 2017 / Tropical Travels " Featuring artists Stephen J. Gates and Faythe Mills "
Paintings, drawings and prints will be featured in this exhibition of art from Jamaica and Mexico. We are excited to have this unique work here at the Wheeler gallery. Faythe Mills is a local artist, living in Glenwood Mn. Faythe shows around the region and in this showing really captures the unique colors and people of Mexico. Stephen J. Gates is from Stillwater MN. His journeys to Jamaica and surrounding island countries have netted him many dramatic and colorful scenes of places most of us would love to relax in. Definately check this show out! Once in a lifetime pairing of these two artists and this special work!
July 22 -Saturday 1 - 3 pm / Artists Reception for "Tropcial Travels " Join us in welcoming both Gates and Mills. Check out their art and talk with the artists. Both will be on hand to answer your questions and to talk about their travels. Share stories of your tropical adventures with them. Refreshments will be on hand along with great conversation on Saturday, July 22.
Stephen J. Gates
At age three I was in Florida with my parents and grandparents; I don't remember but heard the story. At age fourteen I toured Mexico with my grandmother Mary and brother Silas. Here I saw and experienced how people in southern climes bask in color. My love for color was never the same after seeing the Diego Rivera murals, his and Frida's houses and spending six months in Vietnam. I've traveled widely in the Caribbean, lived a year in Montserrat and in Jamaica for six years, doing what ever work I could find and making art. I just returned from a trip to Honduras and Nicaragua. It shouldn't surprise anyone that I travel south to work when ever possible. Enjoy!
Stephen J. Gates
Spending two months each year in our favorite Mexican fishing village, Teacapan, inspires so many pieces of art for me. The hard working people are so genuine and kind. This and the beauty of the land and water bring us back every year. This show gives me the opportunity to share the beauty of Mexico and the people we’ve come to love.
Friday Thru Sunday - noon - 5pm