Joyous Lake Gallery


Gwen Meyer Pentecost
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Raised in an artist's household in Carmel Valley, I grew up with the process of making art from an early age. Although I explore a range of subject matter, my passion is the landscape of the Southwest, from New Mexico to California, from desert canyons and high mountains to the seashore. I balance my outdoor painting time with painting in my studio and studying for the ministry in Unity. I paint primarily in oils and acrylics, and enjoy other media, too. Commissions are always welcome. To see a 9 ft. commission in progress, click here.

One of the best times to paint in the White Mountains is the fall season, when the aspens turn the mountains a deep yellow gold. When I had Joyous Lake Gallery, I hosted an annual plein air (on location) painting event called "Paint the Aspens," to celebrate that beautiful fall color. I am happy to say that the show has been continued by the Northeast Arizona Fine Art Association beginning in 2010.

"Out of Many, One" was accepted into the "Top One Hundred of Paint America, 2007. The original painting sold at the opening reception. To see more about the contest, go to


“Paint The Aspens!” Plein Air Show, October 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008 Joyous Lake Gallery Women Artists of the West Membership Shows, 1994-present; including Mountain Summertime and Mountain Holiday at Joyous Lake Gallery
“Paint America” – Top One Hundred, 2007, touring the United States (
“East to West; Meeting in the Middle,” Hilligoss Gallery, Chicago, November 2007
“Women Artists of the West at the National Arts Foundation, Chicago, Il, Nov. 2006
“Goodbye, LA”  Solo Show, February, 2005
Tucson Plein Air Painters Membership shows, 2005, 2007
Desert Plein Air, La Quinta Arts Foundation, November 2004
American Southwest Art Exhibition, Reagan Presidential Library, 2004 (Show Chair)
Featured Artist, Canyonside Gallery, January 2004, December 2002
Strathearn Foundation Invitational Show, Reagan Presidential Library, 2003
Norco Western Art Show & Sale, 2002, 2003
Wickenburg Art Show, WAOW, 2002, 2003
Helper Plein Air Competition and Festival, 2001, 2002
Paint-L Exhibit, "A New Year," "Real Gardens, Virtual Friends,"2002
Allied Artists of the Santa Monica Mountains, 2001- 2004;

Professional memberships:

Emeritus member and Immediate Past President, Women Artists of the West (WAOW); Northeast Arizona Fine Arts Association (NEAFAA); Artists of Paint-L.


Paint America, Top One Hundred, 2007
Invitational image, Mountains Trust, Headwaters Corners Show, March, 2004;
2nd Place, Premier Division Norco Western Art Show, 2002

Published :

A Day Hiker’s Guide, Los Angeles County by John McKinney, Cover image
Art of the American West, by Julie Christiansen-Dull & Caroline Linscott; Rockport Publishing.

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Joyous Lake Studio
Gwen Meyer Pentecost

Paintings of the White Mountains and the Southwest.

Open by appointment - call 928-242-9211

All art work is copyrighted by the artist. No permission to copy is given or implied.
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