Nid: 626

Summer Camps: Awesome Arty-ology ages 9-12

Monday, August 8, 2016 - 9:00am to Friday, August 12, 2016 - 4:30pm

Awesome Arty-ology

August 8-12 ages 9-12

Paleontology archeology, mythology – it’s ‘ologies’ without apologies! Masks, clay, painting and printmaking activities are rolled into an exciting exploration of the time before dinosaurs through to today!

Join camp instructor, Samantha Daigle, for this fun-filled week of creativity!


$165 for Orillia residents

$206.25 for non-residents

Registration through City of Orillia:

August 8-12: Course Code 6032

Nid: 661

Lunch & Learn: Donald A. Stuart

Wednesday, August 10, 2016 - 12:00pm to 1:00pm

Our fall 2016 Lunch & Learn series kicks off in style in honour of the exhibition Homage: Inspired by Outstanding Canadian Women

Donald Stuart, one of Canada's leading gold/silversmiths will give an illustrated talk about his career and also touch upon the history of adornment.  Donald was awarded the Order of Canada in 2002 in recognition of his illustrious career as a craftsman and educator.

Join us at noon on August 10 for this one hour talk in the Mulcahy Family Gallery.



OMAH Members: $15

Non-Members: $20

Nid: 624

Summer Camps: Alive at the Museum! Ages 6-9

Monday, August 15, 2016 - 9:00am to Friday, August 19, 2016 - 4:30pm

Alive at the Museum!

August 15-19 ages 6-9

Be inspired by the Streets Alive! Projects in downtown Orillia. Use canvas, sculpture, paint and a variety of approaches to create your very own storypoles, doors, banners, letters, sails, guitars and planters.

Join camp instructor, Jessalyn Forsythe, for this fun-filled week of creativity!


$165  for Orillia residents

$206.25 for non-residents

Registration through the City of Orillia:

August 15-19: Course Code 6030

Nid: 622

Summer Camps: Groovy Graffiti Ages 9-12

Monday, August 22, 2016 - 9:00am to Friday, August 26, 2016 - 4:30pm

Groovy Graffiti

August 22-26 for ages 9-12

Splash, spray and throw paint to create a series of large graffiti paintings using acrylic paint, inks and brushes. Art activities will be geared to get kids out of their seats and thinking BIG. 

Join camp instructor, Lois Green, for this fun-filled week of creativity!


$165 for Orillia residents

$206.25 for non-residents

Registration through the City of Orillia:

August 22-26: Course Code 6035


Nid: 665

5th Annual Don Jenkins/Bruce Bayne Croquet Tournament

Saturday, August 27, 2016 - 12:30pm to 4:30pm

Looking for teams for the 5th Annual Don Jenkins/Bruce Bayne Croquet Tournament.  $40 per player (100% tax receipt).  Sign up by phone or in person.  Each team is made up of 6 players.  No previous experience required.

Cheer on the players on Saturday, August 27 at Couchiching Beach Park from 12:30-4:30pm. 


Nid: 630

From Notan to Colour with Nancy Jones

Tuesday, September 13, 2016 - 10:00am to 4:00pm

Tuesday, September 13

Members: $80
Non-Members: $90
Materials List Available or Paint Can Be Purchased for $10.

All Levels Welcome

Course Description: 

This workshop will focus on creating a full colour landscape painting using a Notan (black and white) sketch as a reference.  The instructor will focus on how to use value as a tool to create an effective composition and will teach participants how to match colour with value.

The workshop activities can be executed by any level of painter.  The end results will be your personal interpretation of a landscape that is well designed and has colour harmony. 

Nancy lives in Edgar, Ontario. A qualified visual art teacher she offers workshops for artists with an emphasis on developing solid compositional skills and personal expression. Nancy has given workshops in acrylic painting for King Township, Arts Society King, Town of Richmond Hill, Lemonville Group of Artists and at Seneca College, King Campus. She recently presented a demo for the Barrie Art Club.


What do I need to bring?

Materials need to be brought by the participant from the following list.  Paint can be provided by the instructor on the day of the workshop for a pre-paid fee of $10. 

-bristol board (1 black and 1 white)

-canvas (at least 11"x14")

-white and black paint

-red, blue, yellow (one warm, one cool), phthalo blue, dioxazine purple for creating chromatic and/or titanium buff for lights 

water container

acrylic brushes

colour wheel

photos or personal sketches or paintings to reference for activities

canvas- any size but no smaller than 9 by 11



1. Drop into OMAH anytime Monday-Saturday 10am-4pm and Sunday 1-4pm and register at the Visitor Experiences desk
2. Call OMAH at 705-326-2159

For more information about these workshops, please email or call Lynsey Ormerod, Community and Visitor Engagement Coordinator at 705-326-2159 x103

Nid: 666

Jail, Bail & Jazz

Friday, September 30, 2016 - 10:00am to 10:00pm

Watch this space for the names of local celebrities volunteering to be “arrested” on humourous charges to raise money in support of the Friends of The OPP Museum and the Orillia Museum of Art and History.


From 10:00 am to 4:00 pm, the celebrities will be “arrested” by an OPP officer at either their place of business or they will attend the “Jail” located in the basement of the Orillia Museum of Art and History, 30 Peter Street South in Orillia, where they will face a “judge” and present their bail money.  A police car will be parked in front of the museum.


During the day, the public is welcome to attend the museum, visit the jail, view a display featuring the history of policing in Orillia and/or have their photo taken in a cell.


To submit “bail” pledges and a list of all the participating celebrities, please see below to download a PDF version of the pledge sheet.


Although all tax receipts for the pledges will be issued by the Orillia Museum, the funds raised will be shared equally by both the Friends of The OPP Museum and the Orillia Museum of Art and History


A gala reception and roast will be held at the museum that evening.  Guests will be able to mingle with the celebrities with music provided by the Felonious Monks.  Opportunities will also be available for guests to have their pictures taken at the jail with a celebrity or on their own.  Tickets to the gala are $50.00 per person and will be available soon.  They will be able to be purchased at the museum, by telephone or on the website or by contacting Jennifer Bennett, Friends of The OPP Museum, at or by calling 705-330-4178.


Nid: 589

SOMNIATIS II - Wearable Art Fashion Show & Silent Auction

Saturday, October 29, 2016 - 7:00pm to 10:00pm


The Orillia Museum of Art & History (OMAH) is delighted to announce the premiere fundraiser for 2016, Somniatis II - Wearable Art Show!

SOMNIATIS II, Wearable Art Fashion Show and Silent Auction will take place Saturday, October 29in the ballroom at Casino Rama Resort.  Over 120 local area artists, designers, models, hair stylists, make-up artists, poets, musicians and photographers are collaborating in this show and donating their time and talents. 

The inaugural Somniatis took place in May 2015 at the Orillia Museum of Art & History to a capacity audience.  The show, a first for Orillia showcased the  works of wearable forty-three works of wearable art walking the runway to live music and poetry readings.  The show was a huge community effort that brought out the best awe-inspiring and creative works.  The event quickly sold out and has been talked about ever since.

OMAH will host an exhibition in late July featuring photography, video and designs from Somniatis I.  

Once again, the Orillia Museum of Art & History (OMAH) is preparing for even more artists, designers, photographers showcasing the creative talent where art meets the runway!

The show was a huge community effort bringing out the best awe-inspiring and creative works. Models walked the runway to music and poetry and during the finale the designers were recognized for their hard work. The event was the place to be in Orillia, selling out quickly, and talked about as the buzz of the town long after. 

This year, OMAH will once again host this fundraiser showcasing inspired, creative experiences through expressions both visual and etheral.

"Last year, we had to turn many people away because of lack of space." said Daphne Mainprize, Chair of OMAH.  "Now, with the generous contribution of Casino Rama Resort, we are able to showcase Orillia's artistic expression in its fullness at Casino Rama Resort and opening our doors too a wider audience" said Mainprize.

The models are going to come down the runaway and as they come down the runway, their outfit will be accompanied by music. Each model will have had a pre-event, on-location photo shoot in advance of the main event and will be showcased with a photographer in a post-event photoshoot at Casino Rama Resort.

The event will include a light buffet and cash bar.  There will be a separate announcement of when tickets will go on sale.  

A book celebrating Somniatis I will be on display at the fundraiser.

OMAH is pleased to announce that Casino Rama Resort is a major sponsor of Somniatis II.


Ticket information coming soon.