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Betty Dunford

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Betty  Dunford


Betty has always enjoyed crafts. She began making teddy bears in 1997 after retiring from a career in physiotherapy. She was hooked after the first bear and now making teddy bears is a passion. A hobby turned into a business when Betty teamed up with Irene Scott in the fall of 1997 to form The Bear Ladies Handcrafted Bears.
"I like to make bears that seem to have a soul and connect with you when you look into their eyes."
Each bear is individually handcrafted, with its own personality. They are made from mohair or alpaca, are fully jointed, and have glass or plastic eyes. Sizes range from 8 to 26 inches. The collection includes limited editions but most are one-of-a-kind. The bears may be dressed, accessorized or bare. Each bear is initialed, wears a Bear Ladies cream and gold label, and has a swing tag with the bear's name, height, artist's signature, and construction materials. Close attention is made to detail and construction as these are collector quality heirloom teddy bears.
Betty annually donates an angel teddy bear to the local Victorian Order of Nurses. This raffled teddy bear has become very successful raising funds for education of Palliative Care volunteers (of which Betty is one).
Betty is a founding member of the Teddy Bear Artist Guild of Nova Scotia and is a juried member of the Nova Scotia Designer Craft Council.
Bear Ladies teddy bears are sold at stores in Ontario, Nova Scotia, and northern US, at teddy bear shows in Ontario and the Maritimes, and on the net at Special requests are always welcome.

Recent Exhibitions and Shows

Teddy Bears On Vacation (TBOV) Saint John NB 1998,1999, Toronto 1999
Hug In, Toronto 1999
Festival of the Arts, Halifax 1999
TBOV, Halifax 2000 July 9
Tallships 2000 Race, on the wharf in Halifax , NS , 2000July 19-24
Teddy Bear Artist Guild of Nova Scotia sponsored open houses throughout the province, Summer/Fall 2000.
TBOV , Toronto August 2000

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Company Name: The Bear Ladies


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Category: Artist Bears


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