May 9th was the final meeting for the New Horizon talks until the Fall. The guest speaker was Ruth Abernethy, a local sculptor and author of the book Life and Bronze – A Sculptor’s Journal.
Ruth Abernethy was born in Lindsay, Ontario. Abernethy spent 20 years working/managing prop departments in distinguished theatres across North America, including 15 seasons with the Stratford Festival, before launching her career as an independent artist. Her first bronze commission in 1996 invited distinctive commissions including Glenn Gould, Oscar Peterson, Abraham Lincoln and Queen Elizabeth. Abernethy has over 40 installations across Canada and has installed/exhibited work in Ireland, the United States, Australia, China, Japan and England. In addition to portraiture, Ruth’s studio works combine textiles, hand-made lace and stainless steel.
Ruth received an Honorary Doctor of Letters Degree from Wilfred Laurier University in 2018 and was inducted into the Waterloo Region Hall of Fame in 2019. She currently divides her time between studios in Wellesley, Ontario and Vancouver, British Columbia.