Civic Duty - Terry Wright

DysART Trail

Civic Duty - Terry Wright

Haliburton, Ontario K0M, Canada

Created By: Tammy Rea

Point of Interest Details

Civic Duty

Acrylic on canvas: 24” x 36” NFS

Terry Wright moved to Haliburton in 2006 to immerse herself in painting and drawing at Fleming College. In the Sault, her home for 28 years, she studied life drawing and was part of a studio group. The impetus for her focus on the people of Haliburton’s past is twofold. As an artist, her primary focus is figurative. As a resident of a small community, she is interested in local social history—the history of the men, women and children who went to school, lived, worked and died here.

About the Work

In Haliburton Village, there is a strong sense of continuity between past and present—in the streets, buildings, people, and surrounding hills. My paintings are segments of personal history. The Dysart et al Councillors of 1912 are not only portraits, they indicate the greater formality of the time and the fact that only men could be elected to office. The men are well-dressed, standing on a boardwalk, not sidewalk. And they are in front of the Lucas house, still standing across from the Town Hall, still headquarters for the Dysart et al municipal government.

Civic Duty can be found at the Dysart et al Municipal Office. For more information about Dysart et al go to

This point of interest is part of the tour: DysART Trail


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