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PSAC’s Artists’ Studio and Gallery Tour: Linda Hogan

Among the 25 artists on the upcoming PSAC Artists’ Studio and Gallery Tour is Pagosa newcomer Linda Hogan.

This is Linda’s second summer in Pagosa. Linda’s art career has spanned over 40 years and has taken her from Victorian houses and carousels to very “off the wall” abstracts and layered landscapes.

Her three-dimensional art is her specialty. She works with acrylic and oils on either wood or clay.

“I created my first dimensional piece over 40 years ago and I knew then that I would explore this medium for a lifetime,” Linda says. “I have enjoyed making layered landscapes that capture the feeling of miles of overlapping mountain ranges and foothills.”

Linda shares her time in Pagosa with Hawaii and Florida. Her art reflects her experiences in these vastly different areas.

Linda’s sea turtles are quickly becoming her signature pieces. They are sculpted in a stone like clay and then painted in oils.

“As a certified scuba diver,” says Linda, “I have seen these ancient and endangered creatures up close. They are so serene, just slowly swimming along in and out of the coral reef and rocks. Researchers estimate that only about one percent of the many thousands of hatchlings ever survive to adulthood. They can live to be well over a hundred years old and depending on the type can reach seven hundred pounds.”

Linda’s sea turtles capture the beauty of these magnificent creatures. Her sea turtles will be on display during the artists’ tour and can be seen at Wild Spirit Gallery.

Linda finds inspiration in and around the Pagosa area. Also planned for display on the tour is a three-dimensional Chimney Rock piece, which is currently in progress.

“It has been a very busy and beautiful summer,” Linda says, “as I completed two large sea turtles. One was for the Pagosa Springs Arts Council’s juried show and the other a Southwest design turtle for Wild Spirit Gallery. I also finished several palette knife oils for Art in the Garden.”

Linda’s work can be seen locally and on her website at www.lindahoganart.com.

Twenty-five artists will display their work on this year’s tour, with all art sales by cash or check. Artists are donating 30 percent of their sales to support the Pagosa Springs Arts Council, which supports and promotes the art community in Pagosa Springs.

Each studio stop on the tour will also offer an item for lottery drawing. Tickets for the drawing are free with a purchase of the artist’s work or $5 for additional chances to win or for entering the drawing without a purchase. All proceeds from the drawings will go to PSAC.

Tour brochures are available at the PSAC office, the many fine galleries in Pagosa Springs as well as the Chamber of Commerce and many other local businesses. Mark your calendars for Oct. 2 and 3. Enjoy the beauty of Pagosa Springs’ autumn colors while viewing the artwork of many of the area’s talented artists.