The Bigger, The Better: Canadian Storytelling Night

Saturday, November 1, 2014 - 7:00pm to 9:00pm

How tall a tale can you tell?

OMAH is pleased to team up with Storytelling Orillia (SO...) for the 3rd Annual Canadian Storytelling Night!

Storyteller Line Up:

Mark Douglas will lead off with an introduction and a story.  He will be followed by: 
Bridget Gole: Orillia
Susan Charters: Orillia
Bob Graham: Orillia
Anna Kerz: Toronto
June E. Brown: Toronto
Kathleen Bailey: Toronto
Johnna Dalrymple: Orillia
Fay Mackenzie: Orillia
Gordon Ball: Orillia

Audience members determine the best tall tale, though a friendly voting system. A $10 ticket buys voting stones to be given to the favourite teller at the end of the night. The teller with the most stones wins a share of the proceeds. The second-place teller will win a prize from OMAH.

The voting audience can win, too. OMAH is raffling a museum membership to all ticket holders.

Tickets are available at OMAH, and at the door.


Storytelling Orillia (SO…) is a group of storytellers that has been meeting monthly from September to May since 2011 to listen to oral stories from each other.
In March, SO… has a storytelling concert to celebrate World Storytelling Day. For the last 3 years, it has also held an evening concert for a national event founded by SO…, Canadian Storytelling Night-Soirée nationale du conte.
This event is gradually growing, from its origins in Orillia, with the support of the national arts group, Storytellers of Canada-Conteurs du Canada.
This year, there are at least eight storytelling groups across Canada holding events for Canadian Storytelling Night, and that's double the number last year. Canadian Storytelling Night will be celebrated in Halifax, Campbellton, N.B., Montreal, Ottawa, Toronto, Orillia, Burlington, and Calgary.
More about this Canadian event can be found on its Facebook page and the web page

Bus Trip: See Colville at the AGO

Tuesday, November 4, 2014 - 8:00am to 3:30pm

Special bus trip to the Alex Colville exhibition at the Art Gallery of Ontario organized by the Orillia Museum of Art & History
Tuesday, Nov. 4, 2014

Adults $83    Seniors $80    AGO members $64
(including admission, coach fare, exhibit talk and HST)


  • 8 a.m. Bus leaves Orillia from the West Street Plaza (at Fittons Road and West Street across from the Tim Hortons).    
  • 10 a.m. Arrive at AGO.    
  • 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. Art talk on Alex Colville.    
  • 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. (approxi- mate) Self -guided tour of the Alex Colville exhibition.    
  • 1 p.m. Lunch (pay as you go). Visit a restaurant in the AGO or one of the many restaurants near the gallery. You can buy a $10 AGO lunch voucher (in addition to the trip cost) at OMAH.    
  • 2 to 3:30 p.m. Self-guided tour of the Michelangelo exhibit and the exhibit of the Anishnaabe Artists of the Great Lakes.    
  • 3:30 p.m. Board bus to return to Orillia.


To register before Oct. 21 or for more information, contact the Orillia Museum of Art & History at 705-326-2159 or at



Banner photo: Alex Colville, To Prince Edward Island, 1955 acrylic emulsion on masonite. 61.9 x92.5cm. Copyright National Gallery of Canada, Ottawa.

Lunch and Learn: Character and Colour with Sylvia Tesori

Wednesday, November 5, 2014 - 12:00pm to 1:00pm

Create a self-portrait in oil pastel by integrating colour theory, non-local colour, proportion and abstraction to render an impressionistic likeness that reveals an inner experience of each participant. Participants will draw upon a large body of Arthur Shilling's portraits for inspiration. No experience required!

The Lunch and Learn Series features a monthly series of talks and hands-on programs. We promise a few lighthearted moments and a great lunch.

$15 for OMAH members, $20 for non-members. Registration is recommended.


Festival of Banners Gala

Saturday, November 8, 2014 - 2:30pm to 4:30pm

Join OMAH on November 8th to celebrate another successful year of Festival of Banners in Downtown Orillia. Banners that have not yet been purchased will be up for silent auction during the afternoon.

Closing remarks will be made at 2:45pm


Fabulous Wet Felting with Louise Gervais: Level II

Wet felted red shawl by Louise Gervais

Saturday, November 15, 2014 - 9:30am to Sunday, November 16, 2014 - 4:30pm

This is a fun and fabulous follow-up to our first workshop with participants taking felting to the next level. In Wet Felting II you will create three dimensional wearable's and learn new skills that are transferable to other projects. Included is experimentation with silk, fine merino wool and integrating embellishments to create a one-of-a-kind wrap.

Wet Felting II

November 15 & 16 from 9:30am - 4:30pm

Registration available through City of Orillia, course code 33913

Level II Fee: $150 Residents / $187.50 Non-Residents

All materials for these classes are included


Lunch and Learn: Beyond the Beauty with Liz Schamehorn

Wednesday, December 3, 2014 - 12:00pm to 1:00pm

Beyond beauty of Renaissance art there is a universe of symbols. Join us on December 3 for a short introduction to the hidden meanings in Renaissance Italian painting, sculpture and architecture that Liz encountered while studying in Florence.

The Lunch and Learn Series features a monthly series of talks and hands-on programs. We promise a few lighthearted moments and a great lunch.

$15 for OMAH members, $20 for non-members. Registration is recommended.

Barns and Other Buildings

Marlene Bulas Barns

Saturday, December 13, 2014 - 10:00am to 3:30pm

Watercolour workshop with Marlene Bulas

The Orillia Museum of Art & History is pleased to offer the experience and expertise of area artist Marlene Bulas in this Watercolour painting workshop. The focus is “Barns and other Buildings” and utilizes vibrant watercolour painting techniques in beautifully designed landscape paintings. This full day workshop consists of warm-up exercises, demonstrations with individual attention, and culminates in a show and tell highlighting strengths with suggestions by the artist.

Bring a fun attitude and expect to laugh while learning.

Participants can purchase their own art supplies from a list available by contacting the Museum or pay a $12.00 materials fee to the artist at the workshop.

Marlene Bulas Barns full-small

Coming Soon: Winter Holiday Camps at OMAH

Camper and instructor looking at print, campers celebrating, camper with monster mask

Monday, December 22, 2014 - 9:00am to Wednesday, December 24, 2014 - 4:00pm

This Holiday season, your children can get in the creative spirit with 3-day art camps at OMAH.

Save the dates: December 22nd, 23rd, 24th and 29th, 30th, 31st

More details on the camps and registration coming soon.

Life Drawing with Liz Schamehorn: 6 week Session 1

Members of life drawing class drawing nude model

Thursday, January 8, 2015 - 7:00pm to 10:00pm

Join regional artist Liz Schamehorn for instruction in drawing from the nude model with lessons in life studio practices - a valuable discipline for practicing artists and a foundational preparatory for animators through fine artists. Traditional and contemporary approaches will be utilized toward a heightened observational capacity and improved media proficiency. This program is for beginners to professional artists and those wishing to improve their drawing skills.

The first of two 6 week sessions starts January 8, 2015

To see the second 6 week session, click here.

Thursday evenings, 7:00pm - 10pm.

Registration through City of Orillia 34310

Some materials included

Coming Spring 2015: March Break Art Camp

Monday, March 16, 2015 - 9:00am to Friday, March 20, 2015 - 4:00pm

Mark your calendars - OMAH will be running March Break camp from March 16 - 20, 2015.

More details on the camp and registration coming soon!