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.
Please join us at the opening reception on October 8, 6-9pm. 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.
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.
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.
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.
“Creating Futures – Threads of Hope for African Grandmothers” showcases 30 vibrant textile artworks celebrating the hope and extraordinary resolve of African grandmothers as they work to create futures for themselves and the millions of children orphaned by HIV and AIDS.
The “Creating Futures” exhibit is organized by the Omas Siskona of Kitchener-Waterloo who invited textile artists to create artworks interpreting the themes of: “hope rising”, “caring”, “inspiring”, “hand in hand”, “
Coffee House/Open Mic Reception: Friday, December 12 | 6–9pm
What's on: 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 HighSchool 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.
Congratulations to the winners of the People's Choice Awards:
The Orillia Museum of Art & History presents an historical exhibition commemorating the bicentennial of the birth of John Alexander Macdonald, first Prime Minister of Canada. Produced by the John A. Macdonald 200 Committee this new multi-media display explores themes linking the Canada of the mid-19th century to the Canada of today.