Sandy Applegate at Art in the Garden

Sandy Applegate, a pillar of the art community in Pagosa Springs, will attend the second Art in the Garden Festival on Aug. 15 at Rancho El Pinoso, and display her work at the event.

Sandy was born in Wisconsin, raised in Illinois. Her creative spirit became evident in her drawings and “doodlings” as a teenager.

She studied art in college, receiving a B.A. in plastic and graphic arts from the University of Illinois in Chicago. She has been a full-time resident of Pagosa Springs since 1995.

Sandy loves textures, color and drama. Her paintings sometimes suggest scenes or stories to engage the viewer’s imagination to complete the scenario. Her art explores different aspects of her world, putting her own twist on that reality. Some of her pieces invoke her sense of humor, or create a feeling of mystery, to allow for personal interpretation.

Sandy likes to have several series of different subject matter in the works at once, such as “The Raven,” cowgirls and Western, fruit and flowers, whimsical and others. This variety keeps her images and ideas fresh and lively. Her work is vibrant with texture and color whether subject matters are realistic or incorporate “other-worldly” or abstract elements.

She works primarily in acrylic, watercolor and pen and ink, using mixed media to create unusual effects. She is also currently creating monoprints using the reductive-ink method developed and taught by D. Michael Coffee.

Sandy’s works are displayed at Wild Spirit Gallery in Pagosa Springs, as well as galleries in Manitou Springs and Steamboat Springs, and at galleries in Illinois and New Mexico. She is participating in juried art shows in Denver and San Diego, Calif., this year, and has won numerous awards.

She will be showing some of her acrylic metaphysical “ORB” paintings at Art in the Garden. These pieces suggest the macro or microcosmic, using circles or repetition to indicate the ongoing cyclical nature of life. She will also have some pen and ink flowers on display.

Art in the Garden Festival 2009 will take place Saturday, Aug. 15, from 3 to 7 p.m. at El Rancho Pinoso in the Upper Blanco Basin. The public is invited to enjoy gourmet food, talented musicians and wonderful art in a beautiful Archuleta County mountain ranch setting.

There will be 15 artists displaying their work, with all art sales by cash or check. Artists are donating 30 percent of their sales to support the Community United Methodist Church (CUMC) Community Assistance Fund, which aids the needy in Archuleta County, regardless of religious affiliation.

Tickets are on sale at the Pagosa Springs Area Chamber of Commerce and The Plaid Pony for $30. All proceeds from ticket sales go to the CUMC Assistance Fund.


Photo courtesy Sandy Applegate
Sandy Applegate, is one of 15 artists who will display their work at the second Art in the Garden Festival, on Aug. 15 at Rancho El Pinoso. Artists are donating 30 percent of their sales to support the Community United Methodist Church (CUMC) Community Assistance Fund, which aids the needy in Archuleta County, regardless of religious affiliation.