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Kathleen Steventon featured at Art in the Garden

Colorful portraits of horses and wildlife by artist Kathleen Steventon will be on display at the Third Art in the Garden Festival.

This year’s event will take place on Saturday, Aug. 21, from 3 to 7 p.m., at the Buck property in Continental Estates, off of U.S. 84, just 2.5 miles south of Pagosa Springs.

Art in the Garden is pleased to welcome Kathleen for her third appearance.

Kathleen grew up in New Jersey, attended Rutgers University, where she majored in landscape architecture. Over the years, Kathleen periodically attended art classes, both at Rutgers and at various local community colleges during the evenings. In 1988 she met her future husband, Anthony, and after their marriage, traveled to his homeland, England, to live. Anthony’s career as a computer analyst took them to many parts of the world: Saudi Arabia, New Zealand, Luxembourg, until they finally made their way back to New Jersey. Either New Jersey had changed, or they had changed, or both; in any case, Kathleen and her husband quit their jobs and decided to head west where they both could try an artistic career full time.

Kathleen has a sister in Clovis, N.M., and while visiting her, Kathleen and Anthony drew a “one day drive away” radius around Clovis, which led to a visit to the Pagosa Springs area. They eventually purchased two acres in Aspen Springs, where they built their own art studio. Kathleen has been professionally painting there since 2005.

Kathleen has worked with many mediums, but painting in oil with a palette knife took hold of her creativity. Oil provides a fluidity that has a special appeal to Kathleen. She also enjoys the texture the palette knife produces. Kathleen chooses animal subjects and focuses on their spirits rather than their anatomical accuracies. Using a combination of texture, color and facial focus, she hopes to bring the animal’s soul life into view. She usually paints from photos and has had the opportunity to work with some talented regional wildlife photographers. Local photographer, Suzie White, and Utah’s wild mustang photographer, Jerry Stinz, have provided photos for her art. Her paintings come in various sizes, but she especially enjoys producing pieces on the larger scale.

Kathleen’s art appears at Wild Spirit Gallery in Pagosa Springs, Black Bird Gallery in Albuquerque and she is currently a guest artist at the Blue Pig Gallery in Palisade, Colo. Kathleen also does work by commission.

The purpose of Art in the Garden is to raise funds for those in need by providing an enjoyable afternoon showcasing fine art, live music, and gourmet food. All net proceeds, including 30-percent of fine art and music CD sales are donated to be used in our community to aid the poor, needy, and elderly. The tickets go on sale July 1, at Pagosa Area Chamber of Commerce, Nello’s, and the Community United Methodist Church on Lewis Street. The price is $45 for an individual ticket, and $40 each for groups of two or more The public is invited to the Third Annual Art in the Garden Festival. Come and experience a wonderful time in a picturesque Country French setting. Enjoy the works of 15 different regional artists who will be working plein aire, and listen to a variety of talented musicians while enjoying French gourmet hors d’oeuvres and helping those in need in Archuleta County.

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