Artist and teacher Alison Jeffs will be one of 15 participating artists at the second annual Art in the Garden Festival to be held Aug. 15 at El Rancho Pinoso in the Upper Blanco Basin.
Alison employs her sense of imagination to create whimsical illustrations but is equally able to capture the genuine beauty in life through realism. She works in watercolor, oil, and has even tried sumi ink drawings for variety.
Her passion for art began in childhood. In elementary school she created her own illustrated books. She pursued art training in college by obtaining a bachelor of fine arts degree from Brigham Young University in 2004.
Alison traveled to Berkeley, Calif., to work as a freelance artist, which gave her a variety of experiences. She did document illumination for Gov. Schwarzenegger, an editorial piece for Bay Area Alternative Press, painted masks for display in San Francisco’s Ghirardeli Square, and worked on character development for children’s books.
After three years in the San Francisco Bay Area she ventured to Colorado to complete a teaching certification program through Western State College. She found a love for Colorado landscapes while working as an intern and student teacher at Durango High School. Alison currently resides in Farmington, N.M., and now passes on her passion for art to the high school teens in Shiprock.
Alison continues to be involved with children’s literature and has just completed illustrations for “A Book of Sorts,” to be published soon. She previously illustrated another book, “Why Do They Call Me Echohawk?”
Her love for the mountains developed while growing up in Utah and she finds special meaning in the Colorado mountains as well. Look for her landscapes of southwest Colorado, including scenes of old mining areas, on display at Art in the Garden Festival 2009, where she will also be painting plein aire.
Art in the Garden Festival 2009 will take place on Saturday, Aug. 15, from 3 to 7 p.m. at El Rancho Pinoso in the Upper Blanco Basin.
The public is invited to attend this occasion in a beautiful Archuleta County mountain ranch setting, complete with gourmet food, talented musicians and wonderful art.
All proceeds support the Community United Methodist Church (CUMC) Community Assistance Fund which aids the needy in Archuleta County regardless of religious affiliation.
There will be 15 artists displaying their work at Art in the Garden and all art will be for sale by cash or check with 30 percent of art sales going to the CUMC Community Assistance Fund. For more information, go to the Web site, http://pagosaartinthegarden.com.