My name is Linda Asbell and I am very excited to be the new Director of the Masters Program. I want to thank Judy Guinard for the work she has done on the Masters Program and wish her the very best. Judy is a loved member of the Masters Program family. Pat Harding and I have been working with Judy for the past several months on updating the program to make it even better than it already was. Thank you very much Pat, you are a dear friend, and your knowledge and love for this program has been both inspiring and invaluable. Both Judy and Pat will continue to active in the program and serve as judges.
I adore egg art! Although Iíve tried many styles of decorating, beading is my absolute favorite. My mother, Beverly Gaus, taught me to egg and I have been avidly making eggs since 1990. I was very lucky and had the ideal learning environment because Beverly owned Kaleidoscopes EGGsetera and later owned The Eggery Place as well as the International Egg Art Show in Dallas. I was completely immersed in the egging world and had access to just about any egg supply I could ever need. My daughter, Summer Victoria, began making eggs when she was only four years old and thinks traveling to egg shows around the country and going on egging cruises is a completely normal way to grow up. It is truly a wonderful thing to have three generations of eggers gathered around the table working together.
I have served the IEAG in many capacities over the years and have been a Masters Program Judge since 2000. I am honored to be a member of Pat Rennickís administration. The Masters Program is absolutely a passion of mine, and I strongly believe in it as a tool to benefit egg artists. It is an invaluable source of experience for honing egging skills, and also an encouragement to try new and very different decorating styles. The program was created, and has been very thoughtfully updated, to enhance the learning experience and create the best possible benefit for the artist. Egg artists with questions about the program are encouraged to contact me at anytime. I am always happy to hear from eggers.