Kath Kornelsen
Original Prints
Kath Kornelsen Rutherford
544 West Petpeswick Rd
Musquodoboit Harbour
Nova Scotia B0J 2L0
Kath Kornelsen Rutherford was first introduced to printmaking while studying with David Silverberg at Mount Allison University in Sackville, New Brunswick. In 1978 she moved to Musquodoboit Harbour, Nova Scotia and began by setting up a studio/ printshop in her home. Through her first Elizabeth Greenshields Foundation Award in 1982 she attended the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design to further study intaglio techniques under the instruction of Ed Porter. This course began her shift from the chemical processes of etching to more direct engraving processes of Mezzotint and Drypoint.

In addition to receiving The Elizabeth Greenshields Foundation Award twice, she has also been awarded two Professional Artists Development Grants and a Project grant (to attend her solo exhibition in Russia) from the Nova Scotia Department of Culture.

Recent solo exhibitions include

• Time & Place, with Robert Rutherford, Secord Gallery, Halifax, NS 2009
• The Colours of Black & White, Ekaterinburg Museum of Modern Art and public art galleries in the following cities in Russia –Magnitogorsk, Yougorsk, Surgut, Irbit in 2009
Local Colour, Craig Gallery at Alderney Landing, Dartmouth, NS

• She has participated in many international as well as Canadian group shows. These include:

• 1st International Mezzotint Festival, Ekaterinburg Russia, 2011
• Maniere Noire Mezzotinto, Galerie de la Fontaine des Arts, Rouyn-Noranda, PQ 2008
• Masters of Mezzotint, Warnock Fine Arts, San Francisco, CA, 2008
• Women Artists of the Nova Scotia Art Bank, Government House, Halifax, 2002
• Mini Print Slovenija in Slovenia, Europe,
• Yokohama International Print Show in Yokohama, Japan
• Canadian Nature Art , traveling exhibit sponsored by the National Museum of Natural Sciences in Ottawa

Her work is represented in many public and corporate collections including the Canada Council Art Bank, the Nova Scotia Art Bank and the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia

To counter-balance the printmaking processes that are so time consuming and technical, she prefers to draw directly on the plate with only quick sketches to guide her. Fascinated by local folklore, weather sayings and plays on words, she tries to engage the viewer by incorporating hidden meaning or image. Her work is the result of concentrated study of the elements to be collaged ; followed by many weeks of careful development of the image.

In her studio overlooking Petpeswick Inlet, the source of image and inspiration is apparent in her work which recently includes mosaics in addition to mezzotints. She was recently selected to create a large scale mosaic for the new Municipal and Emergency Services Building in Sackville, NB. Her mosaic works can be found in schools and private homes around Nova Scotia.
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Kath Kornelsen Rutherford & Robert Rutherford, 544 West Petpeswick Road, Musquodoboit Harbour, Nova Scotia, Canada B0J 2L0
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