In Search of the Seven

Since 1977, Jim and Sue Waddington have been on a quest to discover places that inspired the Group of Seven and Tom Thomson. The artists did not keep detailed records of where they worked, so each painting represents a puzzle to be solved.  

The Waddingtons appearance as guest speakers at the annual Carmichael Art History Lecture, sponsored by the OMAH History Committee, originally planned for May, has been rescheduled. The Waddingtons have generously agreed to tell us their story virtually via Zoom on October 21st at 7 p.m.

Please join us to hear the story of their quest to find these painting sites and what they have learned about the painters. Learn how they have tracked down more than 700 painting locations. See photos of the original sites compared with the paintings themselves.

Of course, with Franklin Carmichael being born and raised on Scott Street in Orillia, the Waddingtons will pay homage to Franklin Carmichael in their talk in honour of the Orillia-born artist. Enjoy this unique live on-line presentation by the Waddingtons and support OMAH’s plans and programs. On-line access is $10.00 per person, payable by credit card over the phone (705-326-2159) or by cash, debit or credit card in person at OMAH from noon to 3 p.m., Tuesday to Saturday. You will be sent a link to the presentation.

This event is being held in conjunction with two initiatives at OMAH:

Purchase of a Carmichael Painting for the Museum’s Collection

The Museum hopes to purchase Old Barns, Miner’s Bay that Franklin Carmichael painted in 1925, for the collection. Half of the cost of the painting has been committed by OMAH board member Doug Frost. A matching-funds campaign is underway to cover the balance of the cost of the painting. The Waddingtons presentation will include a reveal of where Franklin Carmichael actually painted Old Barns, Miner’s Bay.

Annual Carmichael Canadian Landscape Exhibition: Tradition Transformed

Old Barn’s, Miner’s Bay arrived at OMAH last week. The painting will be on view at OMAH from October 3 as part of the annual Carmichael Canadian Landscape Exhibition: Tradition Transformed. Created in recognition of Franklin Carmichael, the juried show is in its 19th year. Work in the exhibit represents artists from across the country.

OMAH continues to look at ways to keep connected to the community, by regularly showcasing both art and history at the Museum and through social media. We are grateful for your ongoing support.  Enjoy this unique event and at the same time support OMAH with its plans and programs that so enrich our community.