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Linda Hogan to display works at Art in the Garden 2010

The Art in the Garden festival came into existence as the number of people needing a helping hand in our community began increasing; mostly due to the setback in our country’s economy.

Many talented residents including artists, musicians and chefs, and regular folks willing to work in other capacities, have volunteered their abilities in order to help with this event which aids the poor, needy and elderly in this community.

Art in the Garden is always held on the third Saturday in August, which this year falls on Saturday, Aug. 21. From 3 to 7 p.m. you are invited to enjoy the festivities at the lovely residence and gardens of Werner and Maryse Buck located in beautiful Continental Estates.

Linda Hogan, artist and sculptor, is one of 15 artists chosen by professional art show jurors to display her work at Art in the Garden this year. Her work is the culmination of 40 years of experience in what she refers to as a fascinating realm of three-dimensional art.

An “outside the box” thinker in art and in imagination, Linda believes her father is the person who most influenced her ability to create. While growing up with two sisters and a brother in Hutchinson, Kans., she watched her father, an entrepreneur and inventor, sketch his countless new ideas on the kitchen table. The process of thoughts going onto paper then evolving into steel enabled her to discover the steps involved in being creative. At times, her father would make his own machines in order to produce a product. His example allowed Linda to grab hold of the belief that if you can dream it, you can do it.

In high school, Linda was selected with eight other students to be in an advanced art class, called “Experimental Art,” set up specifically for them. The students were encouraged to maximize their creativity as long as a sketch and sound design principles were incorporated into their project. One of her friends, whose father was a carpenter, donated small remnants of wood to the class. Linda made her first sculpture, in 1968, from those pieces and has continued working with three-dimensional art since that time. She prefers to create her sculptures from wood, glass, granite or clay, but doesn’t hesitate to push herself into new frontiers of creativity. Recently she read and easily relates to a beautiful quote she found in a magazine, “Whatever you can do, or dream begins it. Boldness has genius, power and magic in it”.

Linda attended college in Kansas and Arizona where she experimented with mixed media assembling. She was torn between her loves of both painting and sculpting; the challenge for her was how she would blend the two forms together, first the sculpting then the painting. She sees sculpting as the X chromosome and painting as the Y chromosome which bring life into art. She feels, as an artist, she is obligated to reinvent the world every time she picks up a paint brush, not to just replicate things done in the past. An artist has the calling to question, to explore and to define their times during their life.

In 1973, Linda married PGA golf professional Dennis Hogan. Together they’ve traveled and lived in quite a few places throughout the United States, normally due to Dennis’ work obligations at various golf clubs in places that include Miami, New York, Saint Marten, Kauai, Colorado and Vero Beach, Fla. She’s certain having lived in places where varied subject matter exists has enlightened her knowledge on how to capture the true essence of a subject. She discovered, while painting color onto irises of artificial eyes, that wildlife like bears and moose, as well as sea turtles, have eyes very similar to humans. That was her motivation for her work on a new series.

Since living in the Southwest, Linda has thoroughly embraced the Native American design, desert and mountains she cleverly incorporates into her work. To create edgy abstract scenes of landscaping which allow a viewer to be present in her art, she applies a myriad of overlapping shapes that will reveal a rugged terrain. Nevertheless, Linda prefers to create Colorado landscapes in layers of wood painted realistically in a very dimensional palette knife technique on canvas.

When Linda and Dennis were deciding what town to select in Colorado for their next residence they felt drawn to Pagosa Springs. The breathtaking beauty found here in this area was totally captivating; however, what was more inviting for them was the genuine hospitality that surfaced from the community while visiting here. They both love hiking, bicycling and fishing. They are certified scuba divers and always set aside time for diving and snorkeling during the winter. Linda also finds time to enjoy her passion as an avid mahjong player.

Linda’s work can be viewed locally at Wild Spirit Gallery in Pagosa Springs and Mountain Lighthouse Gallery in South Fork, as well as galleries in Florida and Hawaii. She has received numerous awards including one sculpture that was selected to be exhibited in Japan and Europe. She has been featured in solo shows at Artisomo Gallery and Dillard Art Series, both in Scottsdale, Ariz.; and McIntyre Gallery in Palm Springs. She’s been commissioned for public art in Southglenn Library in Denver, has received Best of Colorado Awards and her work is featured in “Artist of Arizona” and “Hidden Talents of Phoenix.”

Linda’s work will be exhibited, for the first time, in one of Art in the Garden’s two galleries featured this year. She will be working plein aire, along with the 14 other gifted artists selected to participate in this show. Along with original pieces of art work to peruse and purchase, you can also enjoy eight talented musical groups, entertaining with their own styles of music, and delicious samplings of French gourmet hors d’ oeuvres.

Tickets will go on sale July 1 at the Pagosa Springs Area Chamber of Commerce Visitors Center, Nello’s and Community United Methodist Church.

Take advantage of this opportunity to enjoy a peaceful and delightful afternoon while helping to raise money to assist the poor, needy and elderly in our community.

For additional information about Art in the Garden go to the website at www.PagosaArtintheGarden.com.