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Catherine Wagner chosen as Art in the Garden poster artist

Pagosa Springs artist Catherine Wagner has created a lovely watercolor scene from the site of this year’s Art in the Garden Festival.

Her painting, “Werner’s Garden,” depicts one of the gardens on the property of Werner and Maryse Buck, located in beautiful Continental Estates, off of U.S. 84, approximately 2.5 miles south of Pagosa Springs.

This year’s Art in the Garden Festival will take place Saturday, Aug. 21, from 3 to 7 p.m. A limited number of commemorative posters will be available for purchase by attendees at this year’s event.

Catherine is one of 15 artists participating this year. She will be painting plein aire and also displaying and selling her watercolors in one of the two art galleries at the event. Her softly colorful scenes are somewhat reminiscent of the French Impressionists, very apropos for the Country French theme of the third annual Art in the Garden.

Catherine grew up in Maine and has always been creative, selling art when she was a teenager. She took classes in weaving and sculpture. In the 1980s she started a knitting business and designed hand-knit sweaters sold in boutiques nationwide. She also developed a cottage knitting business in southern Ireland, employing 200 knitters.

Her love of the outdoors brought her to Pagosa Springs 15 years ago. She worked on the ski patrol, owned and operated a landscaping business, and later worked for the Forest Service where she met her husband.

She began taking watercolor and nature drawing classes in Durango at Crimson Paintbrush Art Studio from 2000 to 2006. She continues to take classes and has become active in the Pagosa Springs art community. She and her husband live in Pagosa Springs where she works out of her home studio.

Catherine paints her watercolor landscapes outside in nice weather and enjoys the challenge of the changing light. When inside, she also works with pastels and colored pencils for still life paintings. Catherine has also expanded her creative pursuits to include handmade books. She has participated in many art shows in Pagosa Springs, Durango and at the Colorado State Fair. Her art can be seen at Wild Spirit Gallery in Pagosa Springs.

All proceeds from Art in the Garden, including 30 percent of art sales, are donated to help those in need in Archuleta County. The public is invited to enjoy this wonderful event featuring fine art, talented musicians, and a delicious sampling of gourmet hors d’oeuvres.

Tickets will go on sale on July 1 at the Pagosa Springs Area Chamber of Commerce and the Community United Methodist Church on Lewis Street. The price for tickets this year is $45 for an individual ticket, or $40 each for groups of two or more.

Each year, the Art in the Garden Festival has become more and more popular with patrons of the arts. For this reason, we encourage you to purchase your ticket early so as not to be disappointed. The event has sold out the past two years and people have been turned away. The food committee plans enough food to feed the number people buying tickets, and tickets this year have been limited to 400. Please plan to purchase your ticket early and don’t miss out on a wonderful afternoon of gorgeous scenery, fine art, beautiful music, and delicious food. For more information, visit our website at