We can't exhibit half a Carmichael!

Old Barns, Miner's Bay

OMAH is mounting a special campaign to bring a rare Franklin Carmichael watercolour to Orillia – the birthplace of the storied Group of Seven artist.


OMAH board member Doug Frost has pledged $20,000 – half the cost of the artwork – and OMAH is working diligently to raise the other $20,000.


The story began earlier in the year, when Wil Kucey, consultant for the Canadian Fine Arts gallery in Toronto, contacted Frost to tell him that a Carmichael watercolour that had been in California for several years was coming up for sale. 


Old Barns, Miner’s Bay, painted in the Minden area, is a vibrant watercolour and exemplary of Franklin Carmichael’s style in portraying the rugged Ontario wilderness. Frost recognizes the value of this painting not only to the history of art within Canada but also to the history of the City of Orillia. 


Doug is inviting the community to match his donation of $20,000.  He feels that OMAH, as a dynamic and vibrant community museum and art gallery, should have this opportunity to develop its permanent collection and, in turn, establish an acquisition fund so that when art and objects relevant to the history of the Orillia and area become available, OMAH can make significant acquisitions. 


The public will be able to view the painting both virtually at OMAH’s annual general meeting on Wednesday, Sept. 16, as well as in person during the Carmichael Canadian Landscape Exhibition: Tradition Transformed (Oct. 2 to Jan. 17).


To contribute to this legacy, please visit the Carmichael Campaign page on OMAH’s website to learn how you can make a pledge and invest in our community’s cultural richness.