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2017 was a monumental year for Orillia and Canada as the two celebrated their sesquicentennial, but it was also a year that established growth for new and exciting endeavours at the Orillia Museum of Art & History. Here are just some of our highlights from the past 365 days.

The Simcoe County Barn Quilt Trail is a county-wide project partnering volunteers, artists, community groups, cultural institutions and barn owners. The goal of the project is to produce upwards of 150 Barn Quilts on 150 barns (up to 30 quilts per Cultural Institution) by the end of 2019. This project will support and celebrate local history and agricultural heritage and will expand awareness and appreciation of art by engaging all citizens of all ages.

The Orillia Museum of Art & History (OMAH) is pleased to announce the donation of an edition of serigraph prints, Six Figures in a Landscape.  The prints had been produced in 1980  from a transparency of the painting by Charles Pachter produced by the donor through serigraphie Benoit Pronovost Limitee.  The group of six individuals sitting on the ground depict a picnic at the artist's farm in Oro-Medonte in 1978. From left to right, Moses Znaimer, Toller Cranston, Ruby Bronsten, Marci Lipman, Lynn King, and Venable Herndon. 

Recipients and nominees were celebrated at the 2017 OMAH History Awards Gala on Thursday, November 9, 2017. These awards are offered biennially (starting in 2015), for historical research or heritage presentation involving Orillia and area.  Orillia and area includes: Chippewas of Rama First Nation, City of Orillia, Townships of Ramara, Severn and Oro-Medonte. Congratulations to all involved in this year's awards presentation. 

 

General Heritage Preservation

Recipient: ALDA McMAHON 

Join this limited membership offer for exclusive benefits to your OMAH experience. Only 30 memberships are available in the first year.

What is Sir Sam's Society?


Purchase a Sir Sam's Society membership for $365 and enjoy all the regular benefits of OMAH’s couple membership program, plus invitations to special VIP events, a $300 tax receipt, and an annual art loan party. Already an OMAH member? You can easily upgrade your membership to the Sir Sam's Society level. 

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This year's Bruce Bayne/Don Jenkins Invitational Croquet Tournament, held on September 16th, was a great success, raising over $2900 for the Orillia Museum of Art & History (OMAH).  There were many new teams this year, including teams sponsored by the Kiwanis Club of Orillia, Orillia Lion's Club, and Big Brothers Big Sisters. Congratulations to the 2017 champion, Al Parkes, playing for Team Bayne!
 

OMAH Executive Director Ninette Gyorody with Sue Mulcahy
 
On Tuesday, June 27, the Orillia Museum of Art & History hosted an afternoon tea honouring one of Orillia's most remarkable women, Sue Mulcahy. 

The Mulcahy family have been unwavering contributers to the Orillia Museum of Art & History since its inception and Sue continues to generously support our museum as well as many other organizations in Orillia. 

The more you give, the more chances OMAH has to win $10,000!

 

The Orillia Museum of Art & History and the History Committee are pleased to announce the 2017 OMAH History Awards. These awards are offered biennially (starting in 2015), for historical research or heritage presentation involving Orillia and area.  Orillia and area includes: Chippewas of Rama First Nation, City of Orillia, Townships of Ramara, Severn and Oro-Medonte.  There are five categories with up to two recipients in each category.

In a continued celebration of Canada and Orillia's 150th anniversary throughout 2017, the Orillia Museum of Art & History is proud to present a unique opportunity for you to own a piece of history.  We are honoured to be working with local artist, Tony Bianco, who is a skilled painter and has created over 50 designs for the Royal Canadian Mint, making each coin a work of art. In addition to offering the Orillia 150 Commemorative Coin, art prints of Tony Bianco's full design with the embedded coin are also available.