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Bayfield Artist Linda Smith to appear at Art in the Garden

Artist Linda Smith, who specializes in watercolor and colored pencil painting, will participate for the first time at the third annual Art in the Garden Festival.

Art in the Garden will be held on Saturday, 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, 2.5 miles south of Pagosa Springs.

Linda had a love for drawing as a 5-year-old growing up in the Chicago area. She would ask for pads of white drawing paper, instead of toys, during childhood shopping trips. She especially liked drawing people and in the third grade produced a painting of children at play that was framed and hung in the principal’s office. Despite her obvious talent and love of drawing, she decided to pursue a career in education, majoring in English, acquiring teaching credentials, and a master’s of education in reading instruction.

Linda and her husband came to the Southwest as young teachers hired to teach on the Navajo Reservation in Arizona. During this time they traveled in the Four Corners, and bought some property in Bayfield as a site for a future home. They worked over six summers to build their own adobe home, completing it in 1982. They also had teaching assignments in Ignacio, and taught in Germany for six years. Linda stayed involved with her art and took classes in drawing, oil painting and watercolor. Finally, in 2008, she and her husband moved full time to their Bayfield home, retiring after a 35-year teaching career. She now paints in her studio over the garage of their home.

The subjects of Linda’s paintings are things from nature, especially the animals and plants on her property, “DeGoatsandSheep Ranch,” where she and her husband raise goats and Wensleydale sheep. They also have gardens and two greenhouses.

Linda’s watercolors have a unique look due to the masa paper background she uses. This is a type of paper with a batik look that gives a sense of depth to her painting. When using colored pencil, she likes to use odorless mineral spirits that break down the pencil wax and melds it together to produce a blended finish and gives the picture an oil painting appearance. Her art is realistic and colorful, but with a sense of quiet and calm. Linda also spins mohair and wool to produce roving. She participated in the Pagosa Springs Fiber Festival, and teaches spinning and knitting.

The public is invited to attend Art in the Garden to meet Linda Smith along with 14 other talented artists. There will also be live music, and gourmet food, in a beautiful garden setting featuring a Country French theme this year.

Tickets go on sale on July 1 at the Pagosa Area Chamber of Commerce, Nello’s and the Community United Methodist Church. The price is $45 for an individual ticket, or $40 each for groups of two or more.

All net proceeds from Art in the Garden, including 30 percent of fine art and CD music sales, are donated to help those in need in Archuleta County.

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