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CALLING ALL ARTISTS

The Festival of Banners is a community art project that helps beautify our city and connect to residents.

2015's theme, inspired by Lakehead University's 50th anniversary will be "From Shore to Shore".

Applicants are encouraged to interpret this year's theme in relation to Orillia and Lakehead University, exploring what "from Shore to Shore" means - from a beach, transition, change, a journey, or exploration - the possibilities are limitless.

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Clock tower on winter day Sir Sam Steele Memorial Building

Another year has come and gone here at the Orillia Museum of Art & History, and we are already looking ahead to 2015!

It's that time of year again! The holidays are creeping up quickly and it's time to think of the perfect gifts for your loved ones. OMAH wants to help make your search a bit easier with our annual Gift Shop Holiday Sale!

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What a summer it has been for the return of Festival of Banners at OMAH! After a year's hiatus during the renovations of OMAH, participants were back in full swing with enthusiasm and creativity. The 2014 theme, "Historic Orillia - A Growing Community", celebrated both Orillia's art culture and rich heritage. Artists went above and beyond in researching iconic buildings, people, and events, to display Orillia's history.

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Silk Bodice  detail

Going through the textiles in OMAH's collection is always an adventure, but every now and then you stumble across something that truly takes your breath away. While re-storaging our Textile Collection under the Museum Assistance Program this summer, a silk bodice caught our eye.

Research Room Launch

 

So good, it's criminal...

On Friday October 3, 2014 The Orillia Museum of Art & History and Lake Country Rotary were proud to announce the unveiling of our newly relocated Research Room. Housed in the Sir Sam Steele Memorial Building's infamous Jail Cells, visitors are surrounded by Orillia history and are offered excellent accessibility to OMAH's own archives. The generosity of Lake Country Rotary has gone far in helping sustain the Research Room and help it grow as we start the digitization of our resources.

The textile collection at OMAH is getting a makeover!

Throughout the summer, we worked hard to create a more suitable home for the textiles in the permanent collection.  This was achieved in part through the generosity of the Canadian Government with the Museum Assistance Program granted earlier this summer, as well as a lot of hard work by our student staff.

Previous artist talk with Keesic Douglas, facilitated by Matt Macintosh

Kicking off October 1st, the Orillia Museum of Art & History will be hosting a new series introducing new artists, trends, techniques, and technologies in the gallery. OMAH Curator, Matt Macintosh will discuss the Canadian Landscape in contemporary art with Michael Farnan, a visiting artist and scholar. Farnan's work includes video, sculpture, painting, photography, installation, and performance.

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3d Annual Bayne/Jenkins Invitational Croquet Tournament

On August 23rd, the 3rd Annual Jenkins/Bayne Invitational Croquet Tournament was held at Hammock Harbour Resort. Two rounds of game were played before very close semi-finals and the tournament winning game. With participants of all ages and levels of experience, $1800 in proceeds were raised for OMAH.

Thank you to Don Jenkins, Bruce Bayne, Mac Carter and their families for their support for the tournament!


Congratulations to the tournament winner, Alex Bayne, from the Bayne Team!

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After a summer of fabulous creative art camps at the museum, another school year is upon us and OMAH has polished our Education Programs for teachers and educators. Quality programming has been established that reflections both Canadian and local art and history.

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