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Mark Gates

Mark is an artist from the Midwest who now lives in Chattanooga, TN, but has also called Austin, TX, Costa Rica and Panama his home.

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Artist Statement


I think a lot about the beauty in decay. The uniqueness of a surface made unsmooth by time or weather or use. The pattern of rust on an old car. A wall that has been painted and repainted, over and over with different colors and eventually abandoned to peel and chip away, revealing bits of what was. The images I make have been compared to shattered glass, snow on an old barn door. I'm always excited by a finished product that looks like something clean and whole and new that has been ravaged by some natural, organic process.

Biography


In 1972, Mark was born in Columbus, Ohio. His formal education was at Lancaster High School in Lancaster, Ohio and The Ohio State University in Columbus, Ohio where he earned his BA in journalism with a heavy emphasis on advertising and public relations. From 1997, he spent 14 years in Austin, Texas, working as a graphic designer, then prepress manager, then production manager for the Austin Chronicle. In 2011, he and his wife decided to try early retirement in Central America. They lived in Costa Rica and Panama for three years before falling in love with Chattanooga, Tennessee while visiting family in the area. They moved here permanently in 2014, purchased and remodeled a home, set up a studio and started painting. Mark's wife, Melissa is an accomplished artist in her own right. Currently the two artists travel together throughout the United States exhibiting their work.

Juried Art Festivals Past and Future


Feb 15-17, 2020: Coconut Grove Arts Festival, Coconut Grove, Florida

Jan 25-26, 2020: St. Armands Circle Art Festival, Sarasota, Florida

Jan 18-19, 2020: Downtown Delray Beach Festival of the Arts, Delray Beach, Florida

Oct 24-26, 2019: Artclectic: University School of Nashville Art Show, Nashville, Tennessee

Oct 4-6, 2019: St. James Court Art Show (St. James Court section), Louisville, Kentucky

Aug 31-Sept 2, 2019: Art in the Park, Marietta Georgia

July 18-21, 2019: Ann Arbor Street Art Fair, the Original, Ann Arbor, Michigan

June 8-9, 2019: Nashville National Fine Arts Festival (Howard Alan Events), Franklin, Tennessee

May 25-26, 2019: Blue Ridge Mountains Arts Association: Spring Arts in the Park, Blue Ridge, Georgia

April 26-28, 2019: Magic City Art Connection, Birmingham, Alabama

April 14-14, 2019: Atlanta Dogwood Festival, Atlanta, Georgia

Feb 23-24, 2019: St. Petersburg Fine Art Festival, St. Petersburg, Florida

Oct 13-14, 2018: Blue Ridge Mountains Arts Association: Fall Arts in the Park, Blue Ridge, Georgia

Sept 15-16, 2018: Creative Arts Guild Festival: Outdoor Artist Market, Dalton, Georgia

May 4-6, 2018: Tennessee Craft Fair, Nashville, Tennessee

April 20-22, 2018: 4 Bridges Arts Festival, Chattanooga, Tennessee

Other Accomplishments


Sept 14-Oct 19, 2018: Creative Arts Guild Festival: Indoor Patron Purchase Group Exhibit, Dalton, Georgia

July 20-27, 2018: “Surreal Deal” group exhibition at LIT Art Gallery, Chattanooga, Tennessee.

July 20-27, 2018: “AVA’s Art Auction” group salon show at Association for Visual Artists, Chattanooga, Tennessee.

June 1-22, 2018: “Childhood Memories of Summer” group exhibition at Chattanooga Workspace Gallery, Chattanooga, Tennessee.

May 4-6, 2018: Emerging Maker at the 47th Annual Spring Tennessee Craft Fair, Centennial Park, Nashville, Tennessee.

April 20-22, 2018: Emerging Artist at 4 Bridges Arts Festival, Chattanooga, Tennessee.

Jun 2017-Jun 2018: The Painted Story Children's Gallery, Chattanooga, Tennessee.

Oct 27-31, 2017: "Horrorshow II" exhibition group show at Swine Art Gallery, Chattanooga, Tennessee.

Oct 20-31, 2017: "Senses" exhibition group show at LIT Art Gallery, Chattanooga, Tennessee.

Mar-Apr 2017: "For Your Eyes Only" juried gallery show at Association for Visual Artists, Chattanooga, Tennessee.