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Stilkowski, Linda

Paginating artist

Fresh out of Red River Community College's two-year Advertising Art program in the late '70s, Linda's initial contact with the Free Press was as the Advertising Manager for Kelly's Stereo Mart and Steintron Electronics.

She joined the paper's advertising art department as a layout artist and became the ad layout manager soon after. 

Twelve years serving in that capacity earned her a well-deserved sabbatical, which was spent living in London, learning the fine craft of gold and silversmithing, millnery for the upper crust, soaking up the history and culture and taking advantage of England's close proximity to the rest of Europe for exploration.

Two years later she was hired back at the Free Press, this time as the newsroom's first paginating artist, a position she still holds. In addition to her graphic design duties, she also freelanced as the Free Press gardening columnist for 10 yeras, becoming a self-taught expert in horticulture.  That stint blossomed into further opportunities to travel as hostess on group gardening tours to England, Italy and later Australia and Croatia.

Linda has always loved to see the world, some of it as a writer/photographer for the Free Press. Her stand-out destinations include Turkey, Central and South America, the Caribbean and most recently, Hong Kong and Malaysia.

When she's not daydreaming about her next adventure, Linda loves making things with her hands. Pottery, stained glass, sewing and home renos are past pursuits, while whipping up gourmet meals remains a passion.

Linda's looking forward to perhaps taking up wood carving in her retirement, and continuing to act half her age.

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