Greetings from Margy Gates Art! We have exciting news — Margy is once again available via brick and mortar. She was recently invited to be one of 14 select artists in a new gallery in Ventura Marina, Harbor Village Gallery and Gifts. Located in the marina’s busy Harbor Village, it’s just below the Comedy Club and down from Milano’s Restaurant. HVG has maintained a gallery presence for years at the north end of the Ventura Marina, but the new gallery is in a better, more centrally located space, where Margy now has a permanent display. As self-appointed Art Manager, I, Alison, will be volunteering roughly once a week at the gallery, proudly representing my mom and the other 13 talented artists in Harbor Village Gallery and Gifts. Original creations on display include sculpture, watercolor, pen and ink drawings, ceramics, jewelry, hand-painted hats and clothing, and many beautiful greeting cards, as well as stuff that defies any standard description. I am excited

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Thanks for a Fabulous Farewell Party!

The party at Sea Gate Art Gallery and Studio on Sunday October 25th was lots of fun, as those of you who were there are aware! Starting at 4pm and winding up somewhere around 9, people came and went, or stayed to visit, sipped wine and lemonade, munched on cookies and some of the higher-class appetizers friends had brought (thank you Judy, Alice, and Natalie!) A few people wisely wandered through the gallery to the beach and enjoyed the wonderful sunset. To top it off, the moon gave us a huge showing. In the latter part of the evening friend John brought out his guitar, and he and I and Michelle sang Beatles songs and other un-rehearsed stuff and had a nice time tucked in one of the gallery’s tiny corners. A lot of people bought art, and Margy was thrilled to see so many of her originals, prints, ceramics and even a few posters go to good homes. A lot of people mentioned

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Sea Gate Art Gallery & Studio Closing After 35+ Years. Let’s Celebrate!

After more than 35 years in the gallery business, Sea Gate Art Gallery & Studio on Hollywood Beach in Oxnard is finally closing it’s doors at the end of October. Margy’s funky beach gallery has been a favorite of locals and weekend visitors, where she offered up a fun and interesting collection of everything from $2 seashells to used and handmade jewelry to original framed watercolors and beautiful ceramics. She opened her first gallery in the 1980’s in the Marine Emporium Landing on Harbor Blvd. after moving out of the family house (with a lovely ceramic studio) in Claremont and onto a boat in Oxnard in 1978. A gallery space gave her room to paint and a place to sell her work, and was a lot easier than painting on the dock box in the wind. She later moved next door to Mrs. Olson’s Coffee Hut on Los Altos, sharing the space with a clothing company that sold cotton clothes that

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Great Success at the FTD Awareness Dinner in Channel Islands

Sunday September 20th was a great night at the Waterside Restaurant in Channel Islands Harbor, CA, as we shared great food and listened to Kelly’s Lot play great music, and had a chance to bid on some great things in the Silent Auction, all to bring awareness to FTD — Frontal Temporal Dementia. Margy donated a stunning original piece that had been held in her private collection for almost 20 years, Alison’s Reef II, which went in the silent auction for $2000 to help raise money for FTD. In all, the evening brought in over $7000 for the cause, and we are so glad Karine Adalian, who hosted the event and will host others in years to come (and whose sister has been afflicted with this diabolical disease) had such a good turnout and support from friends and neighbors in the area. Above: Artist Margy, Singer Kelly, Host Karine, and Waterside Owner Steve So, onward and upward: the move to

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Welcome to!

Welcome to Margy Gates! We are thrilled to introduce Margy’s new website with all of it’s beautiful features, including actual PayPal buttons. You can now buy a limited edition, high quality, fine art giclee print by Margy Gates Art in various sizes, and within about 3 weeks, have it delivered to your doorstep! All prints are sold unframed. Because of the complexity and personal nature of selecting mats and frames, and because shipping a framed print with glass is expensive, we’ve opted to let you work directly with your favorite framer and thereby get exactly what you want. This site is one of the formats offered by, and is, in essence, a blog. The main purpose of the site is to showcase Margy’s art, and make the giclee prints and her books available for sale, but here in the blog section we can add news and highlights, post new art that we’ve added to the site, and in

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The Book is HERE! Support your local artist and give the gift of art!

  Forget Black Friday! Support your local artist and give the gift of a signed book or original art! Margy has been working on illustrating another book in the series and her last one has been published and is available in Sea Gate Art Gallery and Studio. The weather is warm and wonderful, so be sure to stop by! The book makes a wonderful gift. Margy would love to see you, so stop by the gallery which has many other gift ideas. In addition, you can buy a gift certificate, or commission a painting. Award-winning artist Margy Gates has brought pen to paper to capture some beautiful Salish Sea scenes in a new book printed by Anacortes’ Cave Art Press. “Exploring the Salish Sea: An Artist’s View” explores the Puget Sound, the Strait of Juan de Fuca, the Georgia Strait and surrounding areas. It focuses on the region’s wildlife and native culture. Gates illustrates the area’s iconic sea life, including

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The Book is at the Printer!

Keep an eye out for a post from from me when it comes out. If you know someone interested in the book, have them email me at MargyGatesArt @ (without the spaces before and after the @), and we will add the name to our announcement list for this and other events. I am still doing commissions, so you can use the above email or leave a message at the my gallery phone number if I am not there. Or stop by! I’d love to see you! Exciting things are happening!

Margy Gates Has Been Busy!

She’s been illustrating a book which should be coming out soon–we’ll be sending more information as it becomes available. Meanwhile, she’s back in the Channel Islands Marina area, so stop by her gallery: Sea Gate Art Gallery2925 Ocean DriveHollywood by the Sea, CA 93035(805) 985-4947

Join Us at the Sea Gate Art Gallery & Studio Tuesday, December 3, 2013 from 11 am – 8 pm

Time to get those one-of-a-kind gifts! Gulls Fundraising Event! Come support the Channel Islands Gulls & New Member Margy Gates at Sea Gate Art Gallery & Studio Hollywood Beach   Sea Gate Art Gallery and Studio (805) 985-3937 Channel Islands Harbor 2925 Ocean Drive Hollywood-by-the-Sea, California  93035    Tuesday, December 3, 2013 Between the hours of 11 am – 8 pm A Complimentary Wine & Cheese Reception will be hosted 5-7pm that evening. Margy will be donating a percentage of her profits that day directly to The Channel Islands Gulls! All Margy’s Artwork will be on display at her lovely seaside gallery.   You may view her unique watercolors of the  Channel Islands, nautical paintings, seascape drawings, tropical locales, boat portraits & more! A perfect Holiday Gift!   (Also on display will be our very own Gulls Girl SARAH RAPP  showcasing her lovely Lia Sophia jewelry collection)  ABOUT MARGY GATES Margy Gates is an artist specializing in watercolors, plein air

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Margy’s in a Juried Exhibit 9/10-11/16 Reception: Sat, 9/ 21 4 – 7 pm at Buenaventura Gallery

Fall Colors in California? Come See Our Fall Juried Exhibit! September 10 – November 16, 2013   Reception: Saturday, September 21 4 – 7 pm Black Dog by Margy Gates    featuring fine art by:  Michele Baggenstoss, Jacqueline Biaggi,  Janet Black,  Steve Cook, Deborah De Bono, Robert Diehl, Elaine Elliott,  Marlene Engle, Tasia Erickson, Don Fay,  Beverly Fraser, Graciela Gandara,  Margy Gates,  Brent Hanson, Nancy Hodge, Nancy Horwick,  Kathy Ikerd, Louisa Wallace Jacobs, Melissa Lackman, Fredda Leiter,  Joyce Lombard, Kitty McGinnis, Selena Midden, Daniel Mooney, Mary-Jo Murphy,  Gwenlyn Norton, Patricia Post, Carson Pritchard,  Sylvia Raz, Dahlia Riley, Carole Robertson,  Pamela Salem, Mary Kolada Scott, Liz Tallakson, Sparkle Taylor, Robin Tripaldi, and Elaine White. BUENAVENTURA GALLERY  700 E. Santa Clara Street Ventura, CA 93001 Hours: Tuesday-Saturday 11am-5pm

Ventura County Star on Margy’s Show at Gallery 28 at Seabridge

Photo by Rob Wishart Longtime Ventura County water media artist and plein air painter Margy Gates has a new show at Gallery 28 at Seabridge, near in the Channel Islands Harbor in Oxnard, on view until July 9th when it returns to Margy’s Sea Gate Gallery and Studio. The collection includes watercolors from the past and also presents seven new acrylic pieces, which highlight the show with their complex style and powerful colors. Margy admits these works are quite personal, and signal a sharp turn in her already eclectic style. Inspired after a very challenging year personally, the expository nature of the work is quite engaging and has generated great enthusiasm. Another eye-catching piece, “Night Flight” is a deeply hued acrylic, which Margy says “may be the beginning of a long-postponed multi-media abstract series of world views from aircraft at cruising altitude.” Margy has been making art all her life. She holds a Masters Degree in Fine Arts from Claremont

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"What an incendiary show!" Pictures from Margy’s Opening at Gallery 28 at Seabridge

Margy and guests at Gallery 28 If you missed Margy’s gallery opening, you missed an exciting event! We’ve included some photos of the opening, which was on a beautiful evening on June15. One of the patrons said, “Margy, your work sets the world on fire!” The excitement started when the meatballs caught fire in the gallery’s kitchen. We were out getting a little fresh air while the fire trucks arrived….and the handsome firefighters took care of everything in short order. Just a little smoke…. Then they gave the all clear to have us re-enter and went on their way… Thank you, Oxnard Fire Department! Some patrons viewing Margy’s works. Looking at one of the newer pieces Margy’s famous Sunflowers, painted in the early 1980s, lighting up the gallery. Sunflowers World travelers, viewing paintings inspired by Fijian forests…. Viewing two of Margy’s newer pieces Margy and her oldest daughter, Alison, standing in front of two of Margy’s newer works. Alison and

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