(1912 - 1990)
Donald Manzer lived all of his life in Ashmore, Digby County, Nova Scotia, and worked as a farmer and for the Department of Highways. Later in his life he became a school bus driver.

Manzer began carving oxen and other small animals in 1975, but soon expanded to larger pieces, including life-size people and animals. Several of his carvings were included in the first national exhibition of contemporary Nova Scotian folk art curated by the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia in 1976, and his “Cat and the Fiddle” was featured on the cover of the exhibition catalogue for an exhibition of Nova Scotian folk art which toured the United Kingdom in 1989/1990. His work can be found in the permanent collections of the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia and in the Canadian Museum of History.

Ref: Blake McKendry, An Illustrated Companion to Canadian Folk Art (1999); Kobayashi/Bird, A Compendium of Canadian Folk Artists (1985); Art Gallery of Nova Scotia, Nova Scotia Folk Art - Canada's Cultural Heritage (1989); Art Gallery of Nova Scotia, A Life of Its Own – Chris Huntington and the Resurgence of Nova Scotia Folk Art 1975 – 1995 (1997);

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