Kathryn Belzer lives with her husband, Ed, and a host of other creatures, on a small, mixed, horse-powered farm in the Musquodoboit Valley of Nova Scotia. There is a house visible from one of her farmhouse windows. Other than that, the neighborhood is fairly quiet.
Kathryn has made a career of shoveling out house and barn in pursuit of sustainable domestic and agricultural practices. Her idea of a good time is being with friends, with her now-adult children, with other kinfolk, or all alone in the studio. Kathryn's main paid employment has been as a patternmaker for theatre, film, touring, and reenactment companies. Dollmaking has been a life-long passion. The empty nest, and Ed's 1995 retirement from an off-farm job, have fostered a greater concentration on studio work, dollmaking, and teaching.
In 1996, after Kathryn constructed a number of life-size figures and a couple of larger-than-life puppets in the livingroom, Ed began to yard out logs for a detached studio. In the Fall of 1998, Kathryn moved into the new studio space in what used to be a harness shed, and hasn't stopped smiling since.
Recent Exhibitions and Shows
Gourmet Art Event, Art Gallery of Nova Scotia, Halifax, 1999
The Cutting Edge, Original Dolls, Wenham Museum, MA, 1999
Filling Out Forms, Crouch Library, London, Ontario, 1999
(Solo Exhibition)Some of My Best Friends are Stuffed, 1889 Gallery, Tatamagouch, N.S., 1999
I250 Years of Art in Architecture: Halifax, 1999, Mary Black Gallery
In Our Own Image,1998, Masonville Library, Masonville, Ontario
Navigations 1998, Canadian Embroiderers' Guild, touring Ontario
With a Loving Stitch, 1997, Dartmouth Heritage Museum, Nova Scotia
Journey of the Threaded Needle, 1997, Mary E. Black Gallery, Nova Scotia Centre for Craft and Design, Halifax
The Figure in Cloth, invitational touring show, U.S.A.,'96-'97
A Show of Hands, Nova Scotia Designer Craft Council, 1995
Threadworks 1995, Canadian Embroiderers' Guild touring show, Ontario (winner of show's Embroidered Box Award)
The Great Oz Challenge, Kansas City, MO,1995
Doll Maker's Journal Invitational Cloth Doll Exhibit, Texas 1995
The Figure in Cloth, Invitational touring show, USA, 1994
1990 Planet Earth Exhibition, Visual Arts Nova Scotia
Art Against Violence, Halifax Centre for Art Tapes, 1990
Use Container Provided, joint show with Margi Hennen, Other Art Gallery, Halifax, 1990
Art Gallery of Nova Scotia
Canadian Doll Artists' Association
Canadian Embroiderers' Guild, London Chapter
Nova Scotia Designer Craft Council, Master Artisan
Visual Arts Nova Scotia
Additional Web Site: www.kathrynbelzer.ca.
Category: Collector Dolls