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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.

Ocean Flight by Amber McGarvey blue plaster torso with feathers
June 05, 2013 to July 13, 2013


The Women’s Show has become a major event in the area since its inception by Mary Ann Tully and Linda Tiffin in 1997. Although the exhibit has moved to five different venues and continues to evolve, it remains non-profit and independent. An inclusive, positive spirit persists at the heart of the show.

Marta Brestovansky painting woman weaving
June 05, 2013 to July 13, 2013

Marta Brestovansky was a skilled art teacher and mentor for many Orillia students of art.  Most of all she was a driven and prolific painter, a beloved and influential figure in the art world of Orillia during the last three decades of the 20th century.  Her subjects, with their distinctive European style, included landscape, portrait, fantasy, and Christian spirituality.  This large exhibit, the first Orillia retrospective of her work, will recall her spirit for the many who knew her and will introduce her generous vision to those who are new to her work.