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Jana Parkes, Gillian Wallace, Sandy Applegate at Art in the Garden

Jana Parkes, Gillian Wallace and Sandy Applegate will join 15 other talented artists at the fourth annual Art in the Garden Festival to be held Saturday, Aug. 20, from 3 to 7 p.m. The site for this year is in Chris Mountain Ranches, off of U.S. 160, west of Pagosa Springs.

Jana Parkes lives in Jerome, Ariz., and will be coming to Art in the Garden for the first time.

After college, she had a 19 -year career in interior design then, in 1998, began focusing on painting. In 2006 she moved to Pagosa Springs and started painting full-time. She continues to paint now in Jerome. Her artistic style is abstract and she expresses both passion and joy through her art.

Gillian Wallace also is participating at Art in the Garden for the first time this year. Gillian lived in the San Francisco Bay Area and joined an art studio in Sausalito, Calif., where she studied art with California Plein Aire Painters.

In the 1990s she made trips to Taos and the O’Keefe country of New Mexico, where she also took art classes. Gillian now lives in Chama, N.M., and has a studio there, La Luz Studio. Gillian paints in oil, with a tonal quality and an impressionistic approach.

Sandy Applegate has been active in the art community in Pagosa Springs since moving here in 1995. She grew up in Illinois and attended art school in Chicago. She works mainly in acrylic, but also paints with watercolor, and does work with pen and ink.

Sandy expresses her uniqueness in her art, which she categorizes as, “reality with a twist.” She uses mixed media to produce unusual effects along with vibrant color to produce literal and abstract elements in her art.

Sandy has participated in previous Art in the Garden Festivals, and her art was chosen “Best in Show,” by the jurors at last year’s event. You can find Sandy’s work at Wild Spirit Gallery in Pagosa Springs.

The public is invited to attend Art in the Garden. Tickets are on sale for $40 each at the Pagosa Springs Area Chamber of Commerce, Nello’s Bistro, and online at

Proceeds from ticket sales are donated to the Community Assistance Fund to help those in need in Archuleta County.

There will be gourmet food, live music and fine art. The theme this year is, “Memories of the Old West,” which fits well with the home located at the venue, furnished with western antiques. A house tour is included this year. Come and enjoy this afternoon of fine art, live music and wonderful gourmet food.

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