Each year, generous artists agree to donate a special work of original art - usually a custom framed painting - commissioned specifically for that year's National Specialty and featuring a Cavalier King Charles Spaniel. The artwork is used for the cover of our show catalog and often on an Annual for the Club. The actual artwork is not revealed until it is displayed during the National Specialty at the Charitable Trust space in the ringside area. At the conclusion of the National Specialty, the Charitable Trust holds a very special event - a Banquet and Silent Auction. The National Artwork is auctioned off during this event and is one of the highlights of the evening. The money raised from the auctioning of the National Artwork has raised thousands of dollars over the years to help fund research that improves the quality of the lives of our Cavaliers. If you've never attended, please consider yourself invited to our Charitable Trust Auction & Banquet.  Can't attend but would like to help? See our "How to Help" tab on this site.

Artist: Judith Sherburne Gates

Judy Gates was trained at the Rhode Island School of Design and has followed her passion for interpreting animals in many medias, including antique roof slated, porcelain and fabric.  This year marks 20 years and 75 designs in development for Judy Gates.

This pair of silk accessory pillows features hand painted Cavaliers (one of each color).  The Cavaliers featured are portraits of Cavaliers that are well known as respected Cavaliers in the history of our breed.  Judy believes that this is “some of my personal best work.”