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How Lynda Todd discovered painting (and where it leads to)

Submitted by Spirit of the Hills member Lynda Todd.

An article has been published about me in the European magazine If Then is Now written by Walter van Teeffelen.

Triumph by Lynda ToddTriumph, 8×10 acrylic on canvas,
resin topped with hand crafted resin butterflies by Lynda Todd


“Lynda Todd is an abstract artist from Peterborough, Canada, near The Great Lakes. She was born with very limited sight and is colour blind. Nevertheless, she started painting not so long ago, in 2018. The result was surprising, as you can see.

Lynda Todd explains: “I never embraced creativity due to my physical disabilities. I was encouraged to take a day painting workshop in 2018. The experience was electrifying and freeing. Having no formal training I was not limited by any constraints such as colour theory or principles of design. My work was intuitive and colour choices were spontaneous. By the end of that day I knew this was what I was meant to do. It was sheer joy. In spite of my disability, after disability, I could create work that people would gravitate to and it would resonate and bring them joy.”

What Fun! premieres their new song More Fun at Northumberland Festival of the Arts

Submitted by Spirit of the Hills member Lynn C. Bilton

To help promote this year’s festival, a trio of SOTH volunteers recorded a music video in December of 2021. Lynn C. Bilton, Christopher Cameron and Marie-Lynn Hammond had so much fun creating “Spread the Word” (which became the festival’s theme song) that they choose “What Fun!” as the name for their group.

What Fun! had the privilege of performing at the NFOTA Opening Ceremonies on Friday, September 16, and for a sell-out crowd at the “Together We Can” concert on Saturday, October 1. Both events were held at the historic Victoria Hall in Cobourg. Fiddle-player Saskia Tompkins was their special guest at both events.

Andy Thompson, from Northumberland Music Studio / Studio 29 in Warkworth, recorded the October 1 event for those who didn’t have the opportunity to attend. 

Northumberland Festival of the Arts (NFOTA) is a not-for-profit organization in Northumberland County. “Resilience” was the theme of this year’s festival. Over 40 well attended events were held from September 16 to October 2, throughout Northumberland County. This exciting festival showcased local music, visual arts and drama, plus offered opportunities to participate, to learn and to be inspired.

The Joy of Art - The Colborne Art Gallery

Submitted by Spirit of the Hills member Rosanne Dolan

Event Dates and Time:
Nov 11 to Dec 18, in the spirit of Christmas 2022: Fridays, Saturdays, Sundays 12-4 PM

Event Venue name and Address:
The Colborne Art Gallery
51 King Street East, Colborne, ON

Life Near the Lake at Elmhirst's Resort

Submitted by Jim Babbage

Ongoing until January 2023
Elmhirst’s Resort
1045 Settlers Line, Keene, ON K0L 2G0

Several years ago, my wife and I purchased a cottage on Rice Lake. We’ve come to love the Kawarthas over this time, using the cottage as our weekend “base of operations,” never sitting still too long, but rather, taking drives all around the region to experience what the Kawarthas has to offer culturally and visually. My exhibit at Elmhirst’s Resort, on the north shore of Rice Lake, showcases many of those visual experiences, reminding us that, even though the world is beautiful, there is also much beauty to be seen in our own backyard. – Jim Babbage

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Trailblazers for WOMEN IN FILM by Lynn C. Bilton

This article is featured in the October / November issue of Our Canada Magazine.

Trailblazers for WOMEN IN FILM by Lynn C. Bilton

Jason and the Wonderhorn by Linda Hutsell-Manning

Submitted by Spirit of the Hills member Linda Hutsell-Manning

Jason and the Wonderhorn book cover

I’m pleased to tell you that my juvenile time-travel novel, Jason and the Wonderhorn, is now the first e-book in the new time-travel series, Fogbound Through Time available on Kindle and Kobo.

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