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March 11, 2017 to July 23, 2017

Elemental Mariposa: The Makers celebrates Orillia's men and women who worked endless hours in a multitude of industries creating household and industrial products from raw materials.  They shaped Orillia’s strong industrial heritage.  Stories and objects will abound from major employers including, Otaco Ltd., Tudhope Motor Car Co., Hurl’s Dairy, Canada Wood Specialty Co. Ltd., Orillia Brewery Co., and many more.

International Women's Day Art Show: Renewal
February 15, 2017 to April 23, 2017

 February 15 - April 23, 2017

Opening Reception: February 18, 1-4pm

Since its inception in 1997, the International Women's Day Art Show has inspired hundreds of women to participate in highly dynamic exhibitions, exploring a wide range of media and themes. 

In celebration of International Women's Day (March 8), the show's 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 exhibition is one of affirmation and co-operation.

Fibre Art
January 21, 2017 to April 23, 2017

January 21 - April 23

Reception: Saturday February 18, 1—4pm,  Opening remarks at 2pm

December 02, 2016 to January 29, 2017

OMAH's annual high school art exhibition, This Is Tomorrow will run Friday, December 2 - Sunday, January 29, 2017.

Opening night will be Friday, December 2 from 6-8pm.  Live music by Jakob Pearce (Twin Lakes alumnus). Visitors, throughout the entire run of the exhibition, will be able to vote for a work of art that is best exemplary of the theme: What Does Your Tomorrow Look Like

Art works will be featured by students from:

Orillia Secondary School

Twin Lakes Secondary School

Patrick Fogarty Catholic Secondary School

Lakefield College

November 19, 2016 to January 15, 2017
Mad Dog Monty  is a series of humorous drawings and etchings by Jim Ireland on display in OMAH's Lounge Gallery from November 19, 2016 - January 15, 2017.
Ireland states, "My daughter had a Boston terrier called Tetley and I started sketching him because he was black and white and so easy to draw [...]And the way he strutted around, he reminded me of a childhood friend called Montague Dennis Oliver Wrigglesworth, so I called this dog character I’d created Monty."
In 2015 Ireland joined OMAH as our Artist
October 01, 2016 to February 26, 2017

Elemental Mariposa: The Water celebrates Orillia's greatest assets: Lake Simcoe, the Narrows, and Lake Couchiching. These waterways are rooted in our community's collective history as a source for inspiration, sport, travel, and business. 

October 01, 2016 to December 31, 2017

The Spirit of Mariposa  is a 15 month exhibition at The Orillia Museum of Art & History in celebration of Orillia and Canada's 150th anniversary.

Launching on Saturday, October 1, with a special reception on Friday, October 14, The Spirit of Mariposa will run until December 31, 2017. There will be a series of community engagement programs in conjunction with the exhibit that will run throughout 2017.

September 29, 2016 to November 12, 2016

Inspired by the 26th Annual Orillia Jazz Festival, Jazz Impressions features new original works by OMAH's artist in residence Jim Ireland, along with local printmakers Susan McTavish, Lois Green, Douglas Wilson, Jessalyn Forsythe, Bob Fortier, Juliana Hawke, and Xavier Fernandes who have all found inspiration in the sounds and visuals of the jazz scene. 

Join us for a special reception October 14 at 7pm with music by the Will Davis Trio.

September 29, 2016 to November 27, 2016

September 29 - November 27, 2016

Mulcahy Family Gallery

This year, the Carmichael Canadian Landscape Exhibition marks its 15th anniversary at the Orillia Museum of Art & History. This juried exhibition was named in honour of the Group of Seven member and Canadian landscape painter Franklin Carmichael – an Orillia native, born in 1890.

Homage by Donald Stuart necklace inspired by singer Buffy St. Marie
July 28, 2016 to September 25, 2016

Homage, is a collection of 39 (currently) framed neck-pieces created as a celebration and tribute to Canadian women, past and present. Susan Benson RCA, sketched portraits of each of the women to accompany the pieces, which, along with short biographies, add so much to the educational aspect of the exhibition.  As a contemporary jewellery artist, Donald Stuart has used the familiar form of the necklace to explore history from a fresh perspective.