FOCUS - APRIL 2016 21 Spring is in the air and we start to turn our thoughts toward the world outside. Raking grass cleaning up debris and wearing lighter clothes are sure signs that winter is nearing its end. One of the more popular signs of the new season is the Lake Scugog Studio Tour. For sixteen years it has been offering people from Durham to Toronto an op- portunitytomeetlocalartistsandartisansandexploretheir creative talents through their unique craft. One such artist on this years tour is Port Perrys own Linda Edwards. Linda works from her home studio in Prince Albert and has been painting for most of her life. Where many artists have taken up their craft in later years Linda has been doing it as long as she can remember. Born in Montreal she attended Dawson College majoring in art. When she moved to Toronto she studied at the Ontario College of Art and Design now OCAD University and thoroughly enjoyed mastering her craft. Linda spent most of her working life as a commercial artist working on designs for Northern Reflections cloth- ing company. Linda would spend many hours designing and creating all the beautiful scenes that we see so often on the sweatshirts jackets and various clothing products the company produces. The process was quite complex because it used silk screen technology which meant Linda had to paint each graphic in different layers using different colours. From there she would produce film art which was then printed on the clothing. Like so many processes over time the project was outsourced to different countries and Linda along with husband Tom and her two children moved to Port Perry in 2000. It was the perfect opportunity for me to go out on my own Linda explained. I have always wanted to teach. With all the experience and knowledge she had amassed teaching was a natural. She began by gather- ing students in her home studio which proved to be very successful. It did not take long for Linda to realize she had a knack for teaching her craft. After a short stint at Veni Vidi studio in Port Perry she was approached by Meta4 Gallery where she still teaches today. 2016 is Linda Edwards first studio tour. Im really excited about participating she said with a proud smile on her face. She will be showing her work at Jasmine Rutschmanns studio located at 10 Oyler Drive in Port Perry. A detailed map showing all the locations on the tour as well as a write-up on each artist is available at www.scugogstudiotour.ca. Be sure to mark April 30th and May 1st in your calendars as it will be a fantastic opportunity to meet with local artists and artisans and to view and own unique one-of-a-kind art. By Jonathan van Bilsen Focus on Scugog Linda with her artwork entitled Home. A commisioned portrait called Growing Pains by Linda Edwards. Lake Scugog Studio Tour Presents Linda EdwardsFORE Memberships Mens Ladies and Kids Leagues Tournaments Celebrations 905-985-2234 WHERE E VERYBODY KNOWS YO UR NAME 1430 King Street Port Perry www.SunnybraeGolfClub.com Sunnybrae is pleased to announce ANDRE LEBLANC Head Golf Professional To learn more about Andre visit our website.