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Artist Lorraine Trenholm at Art in the Garden

Art in the Garden welcomes artist Lorraine Trenholm to the third annual Art in the Garden Festival to be held this year on Saturday, Aug. 21, at the Buck property just outside of Pagosa Springs.

This will be her first appearance at this event of fine art, music and gourmet food that provides funds to help those in need in Archuleta County. Lorraine, who lives near Ignacio, specializes in oil, pastel, and collage, and has an extensive background of participation in art shows across the country.

Lorraine grew up on Long Island, N.Y., and started drawing in childhood continuing through high school with a focus on drawings and paintings of dogs and horses. She went on to study painting at the Pratt Institute in New York. After college she worked on a horse breeding farm in New York, which fit well with her love of horses and interest in painting them.

In 1975 Lorraine moved to Cape Cod, where she started a landscape maintenance business, which allowed her to have a horse and further pursue painting. She worked with the Cape Cod School of Art to study impressionism, a technique that emphasizes light and shadow rather than specific subject matter. She has produced beautiful landscapes of the Cape Cod area and the southwest in oil and pastel. She paints plein aire, or from a photo, and sometimes uses a specific object, such as a flower, but creates her own vividly colorful background, producing a heightened sense of dimension.

Lorraine enjoys the challenge of trying new mediums and applying those mediums in different ways. She does monoprints, which is a painting on Plexiglas used to produce one print. She also makes collages of dogs and horses using paper and paint. Her work has been commissioned by dog and horse shows across the country for posters, catalog covers, and as rewards to competitors.

Lorraine came to the Ignacio area in the late 1990s to visit family here. She decided to sell her house in Cape Cod and then moved here in 2004. She and her partner, Dave, are building a house, which includes a large studio for her art. They also have horses and salukis, one of the oldest breeds of dog. Lorraine teaches oil and pastel at the Art Supply House in Durango.

Lorraine has participated in many art shows, won many awards, and been published in books on Impressionist Landscapes and American Pastel Artists. Her art comes in all sizes from large to miniature, and on sets of cards. Her artwork is displayed in galleries in Colorado, Massachusetts, and California. She exemplifies the high caliber of talented artists appearing at the third annual Art in the Garden Festival.

The public is invited to attend on Aug. 21, from 3 to 7 p.m., at the home of Werner and Maryse Buck, located in Continental Estates, off of U.S. 84, about 2.5 miles south of Pagosa Springs. It is a wonderful afternoon of fine art, music and delicious food.

Tickets go on sale July 1 at the Pagosa Springs Area Chamber of Commerce, Nello’s and the Community United Methodist Church on Lewis Street. Tickets are $45 for individuals, or $40 each for two or more.

The net proceeds from this event, including 30 percent of fine art sales, are donated to help the poor, the needy and the elderly in Archuleta County. Visit our website at