If you take a look around town you’ll notice a few things amidst the rich culture and trendy shops. You’ll be engrossed in the beauty that has been preserved through our architecture. We take pride in this fact! Take Victoria Hall for instance – the centre of our downtown. This building is nearly 170 years old and is home to Town Hall, The James Cockburn Room, The Concert Hall, The Old Bailey Courtroom and the Art Gallery of Northumberland (AGN), to name a few.
Illuminate & Inspire: The Art Gallery of Northumberland
The Art Gallery of Northumberland (AGN) is the largest gallery in Northumberland County and occupies the west wing, third floor of the historic Victoria Hall. The AGN features a permanent collection of approximately 1,000 works by local, regional, national and internationally significant artists including works by the Group of Seven, Jean-Paul Riopelle, David Milne, Robert Harris, William Ronald, and many others.
This Cobourg Ontario born actress and starlet not only made her mark on the world as a talented stage performer, silent movie star and Hollywood blockbuster but also for her work as a women’s rights activist who took part in the suffragette movement. She would go down in history as one of the most important women who sparked influence into the hearts of young women who would follow in the path she laid down for them.
Each time my family took the day to drive out it was just like the first time. It was small, the shops were old but they had ice cream and that’s all that seemed to matter to me. To be a kid again, right? When I was old enough to drive I’d pile my friends in the car and head East to Cobourg. With every trip back I was falling more and more in love with Cobourg.
A proud career woman, Ashley Purdy, Communications Officer for the Town of Cobourg, was at a crossroads and needed to make a decision. Though she didn’t grow up in Cobourg her decision to lay down roots here was an easy one to make and heavily influenced by the words and memories of a childhood friend.