Petrolia artist/salon owner wants young people to bring the world home

salon scholarship

The owner of The Rooted Bohemian, Lindsay Peterson, has been encouraging local artists such as Liana Russwarm – whose work is behind her – at her Petrolia salon since it opened three years ago. Now, she’s taking that to a new level, offering two scholarships to rural residents studying abroad.

Lindsay Peterson has always considered herself a rooted bohemian.

The Petrolia salon owner, singer, photographer and artist says she is “rooted” in her community and knows this is home but she also likes “going away, going to different culture and bringing it back here.”

So when she opened her own salon, she called in The Rooted Bohemian and encouraged local artists and musicians to display their work for her clients to see.

Now Peterson is hoping to open more doors for people interested in the arts. Her business is offering two scholarships for young people who are planning to study different facets of the arts abroad. “Smaller communities don’t have a lot of access to other cultures and experiences and it is really important for them to go out and see that.

“We wanted to take some of the money from our advertising budget and do something that had a broader impact than an ad in a glossy magazine.”

The salon is offering two scholarships, one for a Lambton County student and one for a student from anywhere in Canada. There are a few restrictions; the applicants have to be between 16 and 25, live in a town of less than 25,000 people and who plan to study one of five disciplines abroad – cosmetology, fashion design, theatre, music or the fine arts.

Peterson says there has already been several applications and national interest in the $1,500 scholarship; the salon industry magazine Salon 52, plans to feature Peterson’s scholarship in an upcoming issue.

She’s excited to see how many students are interested in the scholarship and studying abroad saying much of her industry training has been outside of Canada and with people from around the world. “It’s important to see what other people are doing in the world.”

For more information about the scholarship you can go to The Rooted Bohemian’s Facebook page. The deadline for applications is May 1.

– Heather Wright