Ruth Devor

Ruth Devor


My love affair with stone began over 50 years ago, and you might say it has shaped my journey through life.  I have travelled as far as San Miguel, Mexico and Pietrasanta, Italy to express myself in stone, both trips having a profound effect  upon my life and career.

Breathing Life into magnificent stone from around the world has always been a very spiritual and humbling experience for me, after all, nature took billions of years to create their glorious veins and colourations.  I have carved in stone from Italy, France, Spain, Israel, Chile, Morocco, India, Greece, Canada and the United States. Each stone is challenging, whether it be marble, alabaster, limestone, granite or slate. The stone itself is my inspiration leading me to carve directly, with no preconceptions.  As a result of this liberating creative process, each sculpture whether miniature or larger-scale is unique and exciting, enhancing many corporate, private and public collections.  I have been featured by galleries in Toronto, Montreal, Vancouver, Chicago, Philadelphia and Florida.  It has been said of my sculptures, that "I have somehow rendered music, mythology and emotion into spatial form; always graceful, often allegorical, and stunningly beautiful." 

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I have been delighted to share my love  for this challenging medium by  teaching students of all ages.  My teaching positions, since 1993,  have  included instructing at the Royal Ontario Museum, Havergal College, the  Toronto Botanical Gardens, as well as in my private Thornhill studio.

I am a native of St. Catharines, Ontario, a mother of three and a grandmother to three.


Education & Independant Work

1988-1989, Pietrasanta, Italy
1980, Instituto de Allende, San Miguel, Mexico
1979, Koffler Centre of the Arts, Toronto
1976-1978, Resources Centre, Toronto
1971-1972, Toronto School of Art
1963-1965, Artists' Workshop, Toronto




1993-2019 Studio Classes, Thornhill

2011 The Aurora Cultural Centre, Aurora
2008-2009 Varley Art Gallery, Unionville 
2009 Toronto Botanical Gardens
2005 Relief Carving Workshop,  Bracebridge
2004-2006 The Artists' Garden  Cooperative, Toronto
2004 Southampton Art School 
2000-2002 Royal Ontario Museum (ROM), Toronto
1999-2000 Na Me Rez - Carving Course
1998 Art Starts, Toronto - Carving Course
1996 Havergal College, Toronto - Carving Course
1995 Unionville Arts H.S. - Guest Artist, Juried Auditions
1994 Civic Garden Centre, Toronto - Carving Course
1994 Richmond Hill Library - Carving Workshop

Public Appearances

2005 Program - National Council of Jewish Women
2000 Live T.V. Feature Interview, Rogers Cable - Day Time Program 
2000 Featured Artist, 9th Annual Show, Scarborough Gem & Mineral Club
2000 Guest Speaker, Scarborough Gem & Mineral Club

1998 "Careers in Art" Speaker

Series, Bayview Hill School


Media Coverage

2004 Ming Pao Daily Newspaper
1982, 1993, 1994, 2003 Canadian Jewish News  (See Article)
1994 Towne Crier  (See Article)
1998, 2002, 2003, 2010 Liberal  (See Article))
2002 Toronto Sun   (See Article)
2003 Thornhill Post
2003 Richmond Hill Post