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February 13, 2016 to April 23, 2016

HERStory will showcase the contributions of local women to their communities in the past and present. Specifically, the exhibit will look at women in Orillia, Severn, Ramara and Rama and will run concurrently with the International Women's Day Art Show in OMAH's Mulcahy Family Gallery. Visitors will be able to learn the stories of prolific women - from pioneers to suffragettes, factory workers to business owners - alongside artifacts from OMAH's Collection. We invite visitors to leave their own stories of women who have influenced their lives both locally and beyond.

February 13, 2016 to April 10, 2016

Celebrating its twentieth anniversary and sixth year at The Orillia Museum of Art & History, the highly popular International Women’s Day Art Show honours and celebrates women’s creative expression in both visual and written form. Its main goal is to encourage women to express themselves artistically in a themed group show, which is not juried and therefore inclusive. The spirit of the exhibit is one of affirmation and cooperation.

January 23, 2016 to April 10, 2016

We are excited to feature one of our local artisans from our Gift Shop in our Lounge Gallery from January 23 to April 10. Carolyn Cook from Cedar Hollow's Alpaca Farm is showcasing a behind the scenes look at the tools used to make her products. From the original spinning wheels to the mechanised looms used today, to the final products of teddy bears, mittens and other accessories. 

December 11, 2015 to February 02, 2016


Opening Reception: Friday, December 11, 6-9pm with Open Mic

An Art-stravaganza featuring food, music, spoken word poetry, performance, prizes and enough art to tide you over 'til the spring thaw. Orillia and area High School students have put aside cross-regional differences to collaborate on this once-in-a-year chance to see some of the very best work produced by young local artists.

The Man in the Little Black Dress: James Ireland Oct 8 - Jan 10
October 08, 2015 to January 10, 2016

Please join us at the opening reception on October 86-9pm.  Opening remarks with James Ireland at 7pm.

OMAH's first artist in residence, James Ireland has pursued a successful career including creating his own graphic-arts group in Toronto specializing in magazine design and corporate branding. In his retirement James has settled in Orillia and started to use OMAH's small etching press for his work.

Highlights from OMAH's Collection
October 08, 2015 to July 17, 2016
 
Franklin Carmichael Gallery
 
 
Highlights from OMAH’s Collection is a long-term display which will feature a range of art, artifacts, photographs and archives from OMAH’s vast collection.  The exhibit will feature art by Franklin Carmichael, the Shilling family, and Youdan Stanton. It will also showcase a range of historical artifacts such as those surrounding Orillia’s own Sir Samuel Steele, Orillia’s tourism industry and businesses, all connected by unique prose.
Carmichael Canadian Landscape Exhibition: Tradition Transformed
October 08, 2015 to December 06, 2015

 The Carmichael Canadian Landscape Exhibition was created in recognition of Group of Seven member, and Orillia native Franklin Carmichael.

touch: Champlain at 400
June 26, 2015 to January 22, 2016

There is no word for contact in Anishnaabemowin. It implies something too distant. We use this word to mark the meeting between European explorers and the first inhabitants of North America. But as a language that gives voice to actions and intimacy, the closest word in Anishnaabemowin is touch.

Nation 2 Nation
June 26, 2015 to September 26, 2015

Nation to Nation brings together five exceptional artists whose practices explore ways of thinking through colonization. Through a range of media, sites and strategies, these artists will bring local and non-local, Indigenous and non-Indigenous perspectives to a discussion about cultural perceptions of “nation,” and nation-to-nation relationships. This discussion will be propelled by the artists’ research and explorations into the Mnjikaning Fish Weirs National Historic Site and the arrival of Samuel de Champlain to the Orillia/Rama area exactly 400 years ago.

Women's Art Show
February 14, 2015 to May 02, 2015

Celebrating its fifth year at The Orillia Museum of Art & History, the highly popular International Women’s Day Art Show honours and celebrates women’s creative expression in both visual and written form. Its main goal is to encourage women to express themselves artistically in a themed group show, which is not juried and therefore inclusive. The spirit of the exhibit is one of affirmation and cooperation.