OMAH Goodness! 2016 Year in Review


As we wrap up 2016, we want to thank you all for your continued support and we want to take a moment to highlight some of the incredible activities that made 2016 so memorable at the Orillia Museum of Art & History. 

The SOMNIATIS II Wearable Art Show was a collaboration of creatives who shared their gifts with each other and with the community.  An event of this magnitude that galvanizes a community is something that we creatives can only dream of.  It takes the sheer brilliance, determination, and no-holds-barred kind of attitude that can bring it all together.  That epic foresight and fortitude and utter confidence came from the creative direction of Ruth Germain.  Her energy and spirit inspired the multitude of creatives that thrive in our community and for that we are thankful. This show was held October 28th at Casino Rama Resort and raised over $30000 for OMAH’s operations. 

100x100 and Festival of Trees brought together over 100 artists for each event to create one-of-a-kind works of art. We provided the materials and the artists provided their incredible gifts of creativity helping raise over $18000.

In trying to make our 12000+ objects more accessible, we worked with our web team to start putting our collection online.  Currently, 2000 objects are searchable through the web portal.  This will enable our visitors to engage with the history of our community and bring them to our incredible community to stay and play.  Take a browse yourself by clicking here

In 2016, we had 105 summer camp participants, primarily Orillia residents (72 from Orillia and 33 from the surrounding townships).  Through the generosity of our members, 7 spots were sponsored and given to clients of Big Brothers Big Sisters.  For our community programs, this year was a year of new and evolving partnerships with The Couchiching Conservancy, Storytelling Orillia, Sunrise Yoga Studio and Mariposa Dance Studio.  We are healthier and stronger in these robust partnerships that provide our visitors and members with enhanced engagement and showcase the incredible assets of our community. 

2016 was vigorous with exhibitions, 20 in 5 galleries.  This year’s exhibitions were a celebration of regionality and material design with Roger Kerslake, Jim Ireland and Donald Stuart; honoured local and regional women artists and groundbreakers in the 20th Annual International Women’s Day Art Show and HerStory respectively;  celebrated the complexity and diversity of the interpretation of the Canadian and local landscape with OMAH’s Annual Carmichael Canadian Landscape Exhibition and The Spirit of Mariposa; celebrated our youth and our community’s history from the Oro African Methodist Episcopal Church to Orillia’s waterfront.

Our newest gallery, The Mariposa Gallery, adjacent to the Mulcahy Family Gallery was launched in the summer, truly internally developed by staff as a constantly evolving ‘pop-up’ gallery space where we encourage you to interact with your experience here at the museum. Artifacts from the Orillia Museum of Art & History’s collection are featured monthly, there is space to reflect on exhibitions, and opportunity to interact in new and exciting ways.

Now, we can look forward to a year of birthday celebrations as we honour both Orillia and Canada throughout 2017 with new programs, exhibitions, and events. 


From everyone here at OMAH,

Wishing you Happy Holidays and a Happy New Year! 

2016 OMAH events