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Each year Orillians honour our fallen soldiers on Remembrance Day. This year, this day of observance was like no other in recent history, as we were not able to gather at the Cenotaph or gather in groups to participate in Remembrance Day ceremonies.

REGIONAL AWARDS NIGHT TO HONOUR EXCELLENCE IN ARTS, CULTURE AND HERITAGE WITHIN THE REGION
 
 The Orillia & District Arts Council (ODAC) and Orillia Museum of Art & History (OMAH) are pleased to announce the nominees for the 2020 Orillia Regional Arts & Heritage Awards. The awards were established to recognize the valuable contribution that educators, 

Where did Group of Seven artists get their inspiration?

 

By: Fred Kallin, OMAH History Committee   October 12th, 2020

 

Not many people realize this, but there is actually a Swedish connection to the Group of Seven..

 

Where did Group of Seven artists get their inspiration?

 

By: Fred Kallin, OMAH History Committee   October 12th, 2020

 

Not many people realize this, but there is actually a Swedish connection to the Group of Seven..

 

Since 1977, Jim and Sue Waddington have been on a quest to discover places that inspired the Group of Seven and Tom Thomson. The artists did not keep detailed records of where they worked, so each painting represents a puzzle to be solved.  

The Waddingtons appearance as guest speakers at the annual Carmichael Art History Lecture, sponsored by the OMAH History Committee, originally planned for May, has been rescheduled. The Waddingtons have generously agreed to tell us their story virtually via Zoom on October 21st at 7 p.m.

D. Ahsén:nase originally wrote the following text in January of 2020. This was before we were all made painfully aware of Covid-19 and the impact it would have on our lives. Four months of self-isolation, the empty streets and deaths have changed the way a lot of us currently view the world and our place in it.

For me as a Native person, it enforces in my mind what I have been taught. We as humans are part of a web, a web that touches everything animate and inanimate. As we transverse this web the vibrations we make will come back to us amplified whether we believe this or not. 

Old Barns, Miner's Bay

OMAH is mounting a special campaign to bring a rare Franklin Carmichael watercolour to Orillia – the birthplace of the storied Group of Seven artist.

 

OMAH board member Doug Frost has pledged $20,000 – half the cost of the artwork – and OMAH is working diligently to raise the other $20,000.

 

The story began earlier in the year, when Wil Kucey, consultant for the Canadian Fine Arts gallery in Toronto, contacted Frost to tell him that a Carmichael watercolour that had been in California for several years was coming up for sale. 

 

Our new hours are Thursday to Saturday, 12-3pm by appointment.  To book your visit, please call 705-326-2159 or email the Visitor Experiences Team. We are committed to a graduated approach to re-opening to ensure we meet public health requirements, keeping OMAH safe for our visitors.  

Orillia Regional Arts and Heritage Awards Nominations Now Open