Celebrating Orillia and Area's Environmental Heritage at the Couchiching Conservancy

Ontario150, Orillia Museum of Art & History, The Couchiching Conservancy

On behalf of the Board of  Directors, I am pleased to announce that OMAH has received $12,050 from the Province of Ontario for a partnership and legacy project with The Couchiching Conservancy.  This project will celebrate Orillia's 150th by bringing awareness to ecologically significant land in Orillia. The "Celebrating Orillia and Area's Environmental Heritage at the Couchiching Conservancy" initiative will offer workshops in art making in nature, the creation of outdoor sculptures and outdoor painting.


The project will take place at publicly accessible sites of the Couchiching Conservancy over a period of 6 months. The project will contain three main components that will be open to participation for all community members:

1. Series of six free art workshops
From May to October, art instructors and outdoor educators will welcome people of all ages to various sites to explore nature and create a small take-home art project.

2. Installation of site-specific outdoor sculptures
Professional regional artists will be invited to create temporary, non-invasive sculptures for outdoor installation. The intention will be to raise awareness of the 17% Pledge.

3. Plein-air painting and photography
Regional artists will be encouraged to engage the public in their art practice by inviting them to participate, experience and engage either through a hands-on approach or through dialogue.

The project will culminate in a commemorative catalogue.

We are pleased and honoured to be working with the staff and volunteers of The Couchiching Conservancy to create this project.  Information about registration and workshop dates will be forthcoming.

Ninette Gyorody
OMAH Executive Director