Inspiration Series: Linda Margaret Kilgore

Welcome to Part 1 of my new Inspiration Series: Linda Margaret Kilgore

Traveling with artists is always craziness—mercurial, distractable, and changeable; we would stop at any roadside attraction which looked arty, or weird or curious.... as we proceeded to the next museum. Or gallery. Or collection....Notes and drawings wafted in the air in our wake, scraps of paper, curled bits of metal, any fascinating thing, and tons of photographs... She is my mother. And we grew up together.

The creative blood runs in the family. My mother, Linda Margaret Kilgore, was raised in a world of southwest art thanks to her trailblazing mother, Margaret Kilgore. Margaret worked closely with Native American jewelers and artisans starting in the 1950s, ultimately opening art galleries in Sedona and Scottsdale. There's no doubt this environment laid the groundwork for Linda's career in the arts. 

Linda, affectionately called Lele, is a mixed media artist with a focus on metal fabrication. Her work has been featured in exhibits around the world; Linda has experience as a museum gallerist and workshop teacher, and it is her 3rd year as Curator of the Artist in Residence program at Sanctuary Resort in Paradise Valley.

Her personal style, talent, and imaginative outlook inspire me daily.

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Follow her on Instagram at @lindamargaretkilgore


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