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June 19, 2014 to August 02, 2014
The Orillia Museum of Art & History is pleased to present Disarming Beauty, a selection of works by Toronto–based artist Amanda Clyne, and photographs from OMAH’s permanent collection.
This exhibition presents artistic approaches that respond to similar philosophical tensions, in spite of falling on either side of the twentieth century. Rooted in Western painting traditions, Amanda Clyne’s multi–media practice retains a belief that images call us to connect to them beyond their surfaces.
Robert Luzar, DUAL LEGGED IDLENESS, UNTAPED, feat. performed by Robert Luzar and Johannes Zitts
April 03, 2014 to June 14, 2014
A juried exhibition of contemporary Canadian artists whose practices embrace, challenge or otherwise engage representations of the body. Life and Limb Jurors: Keesic Douglas: Artist/Chair Indigenous Visual Culture, OCAD U (Toronto); Francisco–Fernando Granados: Artist/Writer/Instructor, OCAD U (Toronto).
White background, text 18th Annual International Women's Day Art Show: Identity, photograph of woman with sleeve of tattoos
March 08, 2014 to April 26, 2014


Back for its fourth year at OMAH, The 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.

Image: Keesic Douglas, The Artist Changing Into Bear 2, 2013, 38 x 30in, Chromagenic Print Mounted on Sintra
January 16, 2014 to March 29, 2014

The Orillia Museum of Art & History is pleased to present Keesic Douglas: FUR TREE. This exhibition explores contemporary Aboriginal Identity framed by the encounter between traditional and globalized corporatized cultural influences. Bringing together work from several recent projects with two new photographic series, FUR TREE mounts an expansive and multi-faceted interrogation of the cultural signs and symbols that identify and organize practices like way-finding, communication and trade.

This is Tomorrow, All are welcome, Student coffee House and Open mic
December 12, 2013 to January 11, 2014

High School Art Show

Come to OMAH for This is Tomorrow 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 and support the Sharing Place Food Bank.

Neon sign with neon text No Vacancy: R. Allan Beckley, Neon Paintings 1999-2013
October 22, 2013 to December 07, 2013

Neon Paintings 1999–2013

Reception: Saturday, October 26, 7–9pm

beach bark canoe
September 28, 2013 to January 15, 2014

Re-Imagining the OMAH Collection

Cited by poets and scholars as among the most beautiful pairings in the English language, the words, Cellar Door on the one hand describe a familiar object, while on the other, suggest something wonderful lying in wait.

Visitors and hockey fans unite in their appreciation of Landscape art in its many form in Canada
September 10, 2013 to October 19, 2013

The Carmichael Canadian Landscape Exhibition has become a premiere show on Canadian landscape art. The Orillia Museum of Art and History (OMAH) put out a call to artists, encouraging submissions that embraced, challenged or otherwise addressed existing artistic approaches to Canadian landscape. This year’s jury received an overwhelming number of works and has delivered the most diverse, multi-media and challenging show in the Exhibition’s history.

Before the Charle Pachter Land Marks opening. Massive latters were hauled in to let visitors from out of town know they had the right place.
July 20, 2013 to September 06, 2013

"I  owned a farm in Oro Medonte from 1976 - 1981. Many paintings in this show were inspired by this rural retreat, including my series of The Painted Flags, and Barns.  I continue to paint in a waterfront studio on Lake Simcoe  converted from an Ice Storage Depot built in the 1920s. The lake, the hay fields, ducks, birds, moose, the peninsula of Eight Mile Point, all figure in the most recent works.

In this exhibition at the Orillia Museum of Art & History I examine local customs, symbols, historical events, and national iconography."

- Charles Pachter

Steampunkers Shannon, Rachel and Sheena, posing at opening of Steampunk show at OMAH, looking a little thrateningly towadr the camera
July 15, 2013 to August 25, 2013

Orillia Museum of Art & History’s first ever Steampunk Exhibit is a juried show which invites artists throughout our community to participate in this very popular genre.  There were prizes in 4 categories in addition to a people’s choice award.