Sculptor Ruth Abernethy



Book: Life & Bronze


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Life and Bronze A Sculptor's Journal, by Ruth Abernethy, now available. A celebration of Canadian culture and talent

Part memoir, part 'secrets of the sculptor's craft', part celebration of Canadian culture and talent, Life and Bronze: A Sculptor's Journal is the story behind Ruth Abernethy's rich and varied artistic career. The author describes each of her sculpting projects, from opening discussion, to creation, to installation and public unveiling. This coffee table book shows what the public chooses to commemorate, how a sculptor resolves clear expressions of character, and how this process fits into a full family life.

Barely off the presses and praise has already started pouring in for Ruth Abernethy's Life and Bronze: A Sculptor's Journal.

BC Bookworld writes, "As evidenced in her coffee table book compendium, Life and Bronze: A Sculptor's Journal, the Ontario-raised Abernethy has created alluring sculptures and installations that people really, really, really like."

Ottawa radio personality Carol Anne Meehan proclaims, "If people want to look at (Ruth Abernethy's) work and be wowed, the book is Life and Bronze."

Ruth's oeuvre is familiar to people across Canada, from the recent bronze portraits of stem cell pioneers James Till and Ernest McCulloch at Science World in Vancouver to her sculpture of Glenn Gould seated on a bench in front of the CBC Building in Toronto.

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Ruth Abernethy's bronze portrait of John A. Macdonald Holding Court captures the moment when Canada's future prime minister presented his first court case at the Picton courthouse in Upper Canada on October 8, 1834. He successfully defended himself against an indictment for assault occasioned by a practical joke. He won that case before a jury in the magistrates' court known then as the courts of quarter sessions....Read More

Jeffrey Baldwin statue: Superman logo will be allowed on memorial

DC Entertainment initially nixed idea of putting superhero's logo on statue honouring Toronto boy

CBC News Story

DC Entertainment has reversed its decision disallowing the use of the Superman logo on a memorial statue planned for a Toronto boy who was starved to death. Jeffrey Baldwin was just shy of his sixth birthday when he died after wasting away to just over 20 pounds. He had been locked in his cold and dirty bedroom in his grandmother's home in November 2002...Read More

Sir John A. Macdonald 13th Annual Dinner at the Kingston Historical Society

When art and history meet

By Christine Boucher

It was a pleasure to attend, on behalf of the Sir John A. Macdonald Bicentennial Commission, the Kingston Historical Society's 13th annual Sir John A. Macdonald dinner. The event was held at the Royal Military College on January 11th. The evening's highlight was the fascinating presentation by guest speaker, Ms. Ruth Abernethy, acclaimed portraitist and sculptor. The audience was privileged to hear Ms. Abernethy's passionate description of her creative process and her introduction, on a projected screen, of the life-sized head study of a teen-aged Macdonald...Read More