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Linda Hogan to participate at Art in the Garden

Linda Hogan, a well known artist producing three-dimensional work, will be returning as one of 18 jury-selected artists at Art in the Garden on Saturday, Aug. 20, from 3 to 7 p.m.

Her career as an artist has spanned over 40 years, and she has moved from creating Victorian houses and carousels to developing creative abstracts and dimensional landscapes, and sea turtles.

She works with both acrylics and oils, and uses wood or clay as the base for her pieces.

Her “signature” sea turtles are sculptured in a stone-like clay, then painted in oils.

Linda is a certified scuba diver, and she says, “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.” Through her artistic interpretation she has captured the magnificence and beauty of these creatures.

Linda is a seasonal resident of Pagosa Springs, and spends part of her time in Hawaii and in Florida as well. All three locations have inspired her unique, experimental art form. While in Pagosa, she concentrates on mountain landscapes, bear and moose. When she returns to the island of Molokai, Hawaii, and then to Vero Beach, Fla., she will continue to expand her turtle series, which has become a trademark for her.

In addition to her acceptance for Art in the Garden, she is currently represented by four galleries in Hawaii and five in Florida. Her artwork is well known throughout Colorado. Her work has been accepted at the prestigious Rocky Mountain Biennial at the Lincoln Center in Fort Collins, at the National Juried show in Greeley, and at the Museum of Contemporary Art show in Fort Collins. She has been commissioned to do a large piece for the Southglenn Public Library in Centennial. She is represented locally at Wild Spirit Gallery, and her work can be viewed at www.lindahoganart.com.

She will bring several pieces to Art in the Garden and will demonstrate her creative process at the event. This year, Art in the Garden will be held at the home and gardens of Pac and Flo Pacharzina in Chris Mountain Ranches, about one and a half miles west of Pagosa Blvd. off U.S. 160.

Bring out your finest western attire, and join 18 artists and eight sets of local talented musicians who will perform at half-hour intervals. While listening to the musicians and viewing the artwork you will be able to enjoy gourmet food, as well as a selection of fine wine and beer at the cash bar.

There are two added attractions this year. In one of the galleries you can enjoy a special treat, as nationally-known quilter and local resident Cindy Hamilton will have some of her quilts on display. She will also demonstrate her quilting skills. The Pacharzinas also invite attendees into their home where they can see a personal collection of heirloom western antiques.

Tickets for the event, “Memories of the Old West,” are now available at Nello’s, at the Chamber of Commerce, or online at www.PagosArtintheGarden.com. As always, Art in the Garden is a major fund-raiser for the Community Assistance Fund, which provides support for the poor, needy, and/or elderly residents in our community.

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