Biography of Carolyn Ritchie Bedford
Carolyn has exhibited in various group shows in Nova Scotia and had many solo shows of paintings which have seen reviews and now, exhibits her sculpture work. She does her own bronze work and has a small foundry to produce the pieces and also fires her own clay work. Carolyn was apprenticed in the bronze and believes strongly in hands on throughout the process of any medium. For over 50 years, Carolyn has also worked in the advancement of the arts, working on the provincial board, operating a Co-op gallery, organizing a symposium, giving presentations, teaching and keeping her interest in local art events. At present she is on the board as Vice Chair, of Creative Pictou County arts council. She has held workshops in anatomy and life drawing and sculpting and opening her studio for tours.
Carolyn’s successful completion of the public sculpture piece,” The Village Well” in the Port Hawkesbury Civic Centre was a culmination of five years’ study and apprenticeship of the lost wax process of bronze sculpture and a recent venture into the public art sector. Her most recent installation was working with John Todd Vassallo completing the outdoor riverfront art piece, “Chillin by the River” in New Glasgow after learning the art of welding and cement sculpting from Todd leading to the set up of her own shop. Now with a new collaborative colleague she plans other new sculpture pieces for New Glasgow area and the county. She continues to paint and sculpt for exhibition and pleasure enjoying the comradeship of many creatives in the county.