Eve Whitaker – Friday – New Work – Wine Tasting

Eve Whitaker will be showing new work on Friday Sept. 6th through the month. Here are a few of the matted and framed 16×20″s for sale and on display. Join us for wine tasting!







New Employee Started Yesterday!

Vance Van Donselaar Started Friday. Nice guy with a good knowledge of our products. Come say hi and join us for our next wine tasting. Thanks. He will be replacing Neil as he is leaving for Chicago.



Big Changes for our Art Gallery!

At the end of May 2013 Neil Howe will be leaving permanently for Chicago after a short vacation to France. The gallery will go on but there will be some changes. We will not initially be doing a monthly swap out of the art as Neil will be leaving. However, my mother will be taking over the space to display her own work with the possibility of including friend’s work in the mix as she sees fit. Therefore, initially, requests to be in the gallery space might go unheard. I am sorry for this as the gallery was a great way for me to meet local artists in the area and I will be sorry to see that part of things change. I want to thank everyone who has shown here and the good times we have had at the openings. Whence I am in town I will return to wine tastings to catch up with old friends.  It is bittersweet leaving, however adventure awaits up North. Thank you again and I hope you will stop  in to see my mother’s work and eventually other local artist’s work as it creeps back into the mix. As always, things in the gallery will be for sale and don’t hesitate to ask to purchase and take home work. All major credit cards are available. Thanks!


Neil S. Howe

P.S. Send me an message from time to time. (neilsolomonhowe@gmail.com)



Thanks Cindi!

We had a good crowd today. Thanks to Cindi for catering this shindig with her art!




Cindi Wright Art Opening Friday 5pm to 8pm (Free Wine Tasting!)

Join us for wine tasting this Friday from 5pm to 8pm. Cindi Wright will be the featured artist.


Cindi Wright was born in Honolulu, Hawaii and grew up in San Antonio, where she currently resides. She has always had a passion for art, but only recently began producing it professionally. As a self-taught painter, Cindi has explored a variety of techniques and styles. When initially starting out, she focused on realism, but has since moved onto abstraction. Painting with an exploratory attitude, where rules and boundaries are meant to be broken, Cindi’s final pieces have an unrestricted boldness and energy.

Here are the wines selected for Friday’s Tasting:



CUSUMANO 2011, Insolia; Italy

VINA SUTIL 2010Pinot Noir; Chile


FINCA RESALSO 2010, Tempranillo; Spain

FRANCIS COPPOLA 2009, Zinfandel; California

The tasting is from 5:00pm to 8:00pm


Art Show and Wine Tasting Event- Three Generations

Come Join Us For Wine Tasting and Art Event at Cedar Valley Spirits Gallery, Friday August 3rd form 5pm to 8pm!

Art Show



Irwin Whitaker (1919 – 2009)

Eve Whitaker (1952 –       )

Neil Howe (1978 –     )

Irwin Whitaker was born in Wirt, Oklahoma, in 1919 where his father owned a successful oil and gas business. When the business caught fire and burned to the ground, the family moved to California where his father managed various food canneries during the 1930s and 40s, moving to the Monterrey Peninsula where the whole family worked for the fish canneries. Irwin was already a student of art in high school and as a teenager attended the parties of Ed Ricketts and John Steinbeck of Cannery Row and Grapes of Wrath fame. When World War II broke out, Irwin enlisted in the army air force and was stationed on Saipan as photographer and cartographer. After the war, he began his Master of Fine Arts studies at Claremont College, California and teaching for a year at University of Oregon before accepting an Assistant Professor position on the faculty of MichiganStateUniversity in East Lansing teaching ceramics and drawing. He retired Professor Emeritus after 25 years of teaching to Arizona where he continued to work on his enamels and drawings until he lost his eyesight in the late 1980’s.

While in Michigan, his daughter Eve was born. She grew up in the ceramics room, absorbing what it was like to be an artist surrounded by the artists. She too went on to study art, first at Michigan State University, then Western Michigan University, graduating eventually with a BFA from MSU, and went on to study drawing and printmaking at Indiana University. During a ten year break in studies, she had two sons Gabe and Neil Howe.

Neil grew up on a dairy farm in Central Michigan. His mother did little artwork during those years so Neil’s exposure to art came from his grandfather who still lived near by. Later, Neil moved to Haslett, a suburb of Lansing with his father who had an interest in pottery-making. Neil also spent his summers near Kalamazoo, Michigan, where he also took classes at the Kalamazoo Institute of Art.

Neil, his brother, Eve, and her second husband, Mathew, moved to Chicago where Mathew took an faculty position with the University of Chicago. Neil attended both Middle School and High School at the University of Chicago Laboratory Schools. After graduation, he enrolled at University of Iowa to study writing, later switching to art. Neil transferred to finish his Bachelors of Fine Arts degree at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.

Eve and Neil moved to Dripping Springs, Texas with Mathew in 2003. Irwin “Gus” Whitaker came to live with them a short while later for the final three years of his life. Irwin died in 2009.

All three artists have lived in close proximity and have been influenced by each other’s sense of art. Threads of similarity begin to appear when looking in totality at these three generations of work. Images of tightly clustered groups of characters, often theatrical in nature, appear as well and a propensity for bright and bold colors. Each person has worked in various media disciplines, and have taken many chances when choosing subject matter however they always retain a healthy respect for what has come before. This collection contains pieces from all three artists, spanning nearly fifty years.


Wine tasting

FRIDAY August 3rd




MASSAYA “ROSE” 2011, 40% Cinsault, 30% Syrah, 30% Cabernet Sauvignon; Lebanon


Dr. PAULY-BERGWEILDER “SPATLESE” 2008, Riesling; Germany


TELTECA 2009, Malbec; Argentina

PRINCIPE DI CORLEONE 2010, Nero d’Avola; Italy

WORTH “SOPHIA’S CUVEE” 2007, Cabernet Sauvignon; California

Bunny Oliver Showing Tonight @ CVSpirits Gallery!

Join us from 5pm to 8pm @ Cedar Valley Spirits Gallery for a July Showcase of Bunny Oliver’s Work!


Bunny Oliver




Painting professionally is a dream come true for Bunny Oliver.  Having worked in several fields, she began painting seriously in the late 1980’s.  Combining two of her loves—painting and traveling—she and her husband drive across the country and travel abroad in search of subjects for her vivid, impressionistic oil paintings.

Having studied with leading impressionists in the country, Oliver is represented by galleries in Colorado, Pennsylvania, and her home state of Texas.  She has exhibited in leading shows in the United States, and her work has been selected for the prestigious Salon International in San Antonio.

In 2003, three of Oliver’s paintings were exhibited in Biennale Internationale dell’Arte Contemporanea in Florence Italy.  Eighty countries were represented in the collaboration between the Italian Department of Foreign Ministry, World Bank, and the United Nations.

A native Texan and resident of the Hill Country, Oliver exhibited her work in Washington during the inauguration of President George W. Bush, a career highlight.

Oliver states, “One of the joys associated with my artwork has been my establishing a scholarship program for young people of Honduras.  Using “my dream” to help them realize their dreams is so rewarding, and also humbling.”

“In these turbulent times, my hope is that my paintings will help viewers focus on the beauty and harmony God intends for us—to give a message of hope,” Oliver states.

Carla McCandless Photography Opening Tonight!

Carla McCandless an Equine Photographer will be in the gallery tonight and her work throughout the month. Stop by for free wine tasting between 5pm and 8pm!


Carla inherited her artistic giftedness from her mother and grandfather loving photography since a young age.

She is Texas born living in Indiana, Atlanta, Georgia; Red Feather Lakes, Colorado; and finally Dripping Springs, Texas. She has studied photography during the last twenty years. Carla studied portrait, landscape, conceptual, natural light, studio light, fine art, pet and equestrian photography.

Her work is currently on display at the Texas Hill Country Olive Oil Company, and soon, special showings will be held at Cedar Valley Spirits and Gallery and the Fredericksburg Art Gallery. She is printed in the Photographer’s Forum Best of Photograph 2010, as an honorable mention.

Carla is a member of the Equine Photographers Network and Professional Photographers Association. She is founder of the Photographers of Dripping Springs (P.O.D.S.).

Carla is the photographer for Dripping Springs Ranch Park, the German-Shepard Rescue of Central Texas and Heritage Circle. She is a committee member for the Dripping Springs Chamber of Commerce, Dripping Springs Ranch Park and Heritage Circle.


This is a study of the wild beauty and majesty found in the wild Spanish Mustangs of Corolla Beach, North Carolina and the natural disciplined beauty and found in the tamed Andalusians of McDade, Texas.

This series of photos studies the family unit of the wild verses the tame; the wild stallion verses the tame stallion and lastly, the wild and tame young.

Each breed of horse, whether they are wild or tame, has distinctive characteristics that are or are not photogenic. Over the past several years it has been my passion and privilege to learn these little nuances and practice my photography skills. This study has enabled me to travel to view these beautiful creatures.

I hope you enjoy viewing my work. The wild Spanish Mustang is known as the “Horses of Kings”. These wild animals are the off-spring of those animals tossed overboard by Spanish conquistadors. Who made it to shore and survived and thrived. The Andalusia, another Spanish breed, known for the long wavy mane and amazing conformation that allows this animal the graceful prance-like gait.

Carla McCandles



Wine Tasting



ILLAHE 2009, Pinot Gris; Oregon


BORSAO “ROSE” 2010, Garnacha;Spain


CATENA  2009, Malbec; Argentina

HAHN 2010, 62% Grenache, 34% Syrah, 4% Mouurvedre; California


CHATEAU PAUL MAS “COTEAUX DU LANGUEDOC” 2009, 10% Grenache, 85% Syrah, 5% Mouurvedre; France


Jennifer Kuykendall Show Is a Hit!


Jennifer Kuykendall Show Opening @ Cedar Valley Spirits Gallery Tonight 5pm to 8pm

“This experience was peaceful and joy filled. I sat in various places in these pods and watched the amazing happen. Every time the sun either went behind a cloud, or moved every so slightly, the pod would change it’s hue and have a completely different look to it. Even after not having changed my space. A place a peace. It was stunning to see how the light refracted off every corner every angle and how the color variations were so different from the moment before. Every time I thought I’d get up to move to a different area I found myself sitting back down to capture yet another amazing light spectacle. The Architects of Air was an exhibit in Austin and I went twice, once with my family and once with with my camera. I was just awe struck and amazed at what was being viewed through my view finder. I hope you enjoy the photos of light experience yourself. Think convex and concave when experiencing my Photos of Light.” – Jen Kuykendall

Jennifer Kuykendall will be in attendance at Cedar valley Spirits Gallery tonight from 5pm to 8pm. Wine Tasting is free. Her work with light is captivating and entrancing. Colorful abstraction of sensual form in neon and brilliant hues of saturated wonderment. These pieces arouse curiosity as to their sourcing as they are primarily of natural phenomena. Her sensibility to composition is highly refined elicit immediate attraction. She also has two photographs, one of a beached man-o-war and the USS Texas in port. Both of which show her aptitude for photographic prowess and are interestingly adjacent in meaning and style. Jennifer’s work is worth spending time with while enjoying a glass of wine. Come join us and welcome her work for the month of April! Should you be interested in buying, bring your checkbook. All pieces are very reasonably priced and are available to be taken home immediately. We’ll see you tonight!