County Council recognizes Dorette Carter for outstanding contribution to the arts

Cobourg, ON – February 19, 2014 – Northumberland County Council today recognized Ms. Dorette Carter on the occasion of her retirement as Director and Curator of the Art Gallery of Northumberland. Council presented Ms. Carter with a plaque acknowledging her significant contributions to the local arts community.

"It gives me great pleasure on behalf of County Council to recognize the tremendous effort and involvement of Dorette Carter to support the arts throughout Northumberland County," stated Warden Linda Thompson. "Ms. Carter has been instrumental in advancing initiatives and activities that showcase the wealth of artistic talent in our communities."

Ms. Carter retired as Director and Curator of the Art Gallery of Northumberland on February 14 after more than 13 years in this role. She chairs the Town of Cobourg's Committee for Art in Public Spaces and is past chair of the Arts Council of Northumberland.

Ms. Carter has been instrumental in supporting activities related to October is Arts Month: a celebration comprised of visual and performing artists; amateur and professional, studio tours and historical tours, music and theatre throughout Northumberland. Most recently it is through her efforts that public spaces in the County building at 600 William Street, Cobourg, benefit from local artwork. It is also her commitment to the arts which has led to the creation of the annual Northumberland County Warden’s Art Awards.

In addition to teaching roles at Niagara College, Lakehead University and Confederation College, Ms. Carter has served on the Ontario Museum Association Council, the Ontario Association of Art Galleries Training Committee and the Ontario Handweavers and Spinners Board.

Warden Thompson concluded her presentation by thanking Ms. Carter for her dedication to this important work. "On behalf of Council and all residents of Northumberland County, we thank Dorette for her history of commitment to enriching the lives of others by making artwork more accessible to the general public. Her contributions continue to have a significant impact that can be felt throughout our communities."

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