Culture Days

Culture Days. Create, participate, celebrate. September 26, 27, & 28, 2014

Saturday, September 27, 2014 - 10:00am to 4:00pm

Culture Days allows the unique opportunity to connect with activity providers by taking part in these fun, FREE, and interactive activities happening from September 26-28th. Culture Days Orillia is part of the Culture Days initiative across Canada, and the Orillia Museum of Art & History is pround to take part.

Friday September 26

Free Friday Open Studio artists at work

Free Friday Open Studio


Join us in The Dorothy Macdonald Creative Studio and share your art! Whether you're working on a pi ece or have some finished, bring it in and share the experience with new, emerging, and experienced artists. This is a day to be inspired! Work and exhibiting areas will be set up.


Saturday September 27

Soap stone handcrafted Loon by Karen Brodie

Loon-A-See, Carve a soapstone loon


"Loon-A-See" is for you to create a soapstone loon carving and watch or "See your Loon" come to life in your hands! It takes 3 hours to finish your carving  to take home with you, so please come at 9am so you can complete your masterpiece! All stone, tools, and finishing supplies are provided.

Come have fun getting dusty and creating your own sculpture!


Colourful balls of yarn for yarnbombing activities. Photo by Sam Vessios


12:30pm - 4pm

Create some collective non-permanent graffiti @OMAH! Participants will have the opportunity to create a colourful and collaborative work of art.


Pop-art colour buttons of Sir Sam Steele


12:30pm - 3:30pm

Create your own custom button or work with at template! Celebrate Orillia's culture and history by pressing your design into a pin-back button! DIY wearable art @OMAH!

parents and children working together on group project

Collective Carmichael


Notable Group of Seven painter, Franklin Carmichael said, "it is imperative that the artist reveal through the medium in which he is happiest, what he sees, thinks and feels about his surroundings". We invite our visitors to add their touch to the Collective Carmichael. A community canvas will be set up in our Franklin Carmichael Gallery for artists of all ages and experiences to add their mark!

Dr. Wilson in World War uniform costume

Act One: Meet Dr. Wilson

2:30pm - 3:30pm

The Dumbell Tribute Show, Soldiers of Song, is coming to Orillia and with it a unique opportunity to meet two-time Juno Awards nominee Dr. Jason Wilson. Before going on stage with fellow cast members, Dr. Wilson will share wartime stories through his repertoire of songs. Join him as we mark the 100th anniversary of the First World War and celebrate the Dumbells' deep Orillia Roots.

Night at The Museum 20th Century FOX

Night @ OMAH


Don your favourite pyjamas, bring a cushion and join us for a showing of the movie Night at the Museum in The Dorothy Macdonald Creative Studio. We'll supply the popcorn!



Sunday September 28

kids behind bars in OMAH's Jail Cell

Jail Cells Portraits

1:30pm - 3:30pm

Visit our infamour jail cells and get booked in for a crime. Have your photo taken and crime documented and our experienced staff will photoshop it and email you your customized mug shot!






Create some collective non-permanent graffiti @OMAH! Participants will have the opportunity to create a colourful and collaborative work of art. - See more at:
Create some collective non-permanent graffiti @OMAH! Participants will have the opportunity to create a colourful and collaborative work of art. - See more at:

Family Fun Drop In

Make Art, Make History! Family Fun Drop In Sundays 2-3pm. Suggested $5 Donation

Sunday, September 28, 2014 - 2:00pm to 3:00pm

Returning this Fall!

Orillia families, that age old question on how to spend weekends…what do I do with the kids?

Head on over to OMAH of course! Starting September 28th, drop-in to the museum Sundays at 2 pm for an hour of family art-making activities in our fabulous newly renovated education facilities. Every week we will have a different activity for families to make together, check back to see what themes are coming up!

Cost? A mere suggested donation of $5.00 per family! While you’re here, check out our museum and gallery open Sundays from 1-4pm.

Family Drop-in participants will receive Mariposa Market Dollars toward treats at the Market after the art-making! Thank-you to the Mariposa Market for your generous support!

Lunch and Learn

Wednesday, October 1, 2014 - 12:00pm to 1:00pm

Beginning October 1st there will be the first in a series of talks introducing new artists, trends, techniques and technologies in the gallery. We promise a few lighthearted moments and a great lunch. Matt Macintosh will be discussing the Canadian landscape in contemporary art with Michael Freeman, a visiting artist and scholar.

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

Call OMAH at 705-326-2159 to reserver your spot!

Manga 'n' More

mix n match characters from Manga n More

Saturday, October 18, 2014 - 10:00am to 12:00pm

Ages 9-16

Back by popular demand! Bob Kain is back with 8 workshops for aspiring animators and cartoonists geared to improve the drawing skills of all participants from beginners to experienced. Superheroes, Manga, Anime and Graphic Novels will be just some of what is offered while participants learn to create expressive facial features and dynamic characters. Bob brings thirty years of experience as the operator of his own animation studio and is the creator of the kid's favourite "Chirp" character.


Workshop run Saturdays 10:00am until Noon starting October 18th.

Registration through City of Orillia, course code 33722


Residents: $155 / Non-Residents: $193.75

All materials for this course are included.

Any questions, please contact Programs Coordinator Lois Green at


Life Drawing with Liz Schamehorn: 8 week Session

Members of life drawing class drawing nude model

Thursday, October 23, 2014 - 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 prepatory 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.

Eight week session runs from October 23 - December 11.

To see the six week session, click here.

Thursday evenings, 7:00pm - 10pm.

Registration through City of Orillia 33914

Some materials included

Luminosity on Free Friday

Friday, October 24, 2014 - 11:00am to 3:00pm

Claudia Mandler McKnight will introduce a workshop in techniques to achieve luminosity within drawings and paintings. This workshop will culminate in an exhibition in the Dorothy Macdonald Creative Studio.

Registration is recommended, free admission.

Learn more about Free Fridays.

Fabulous Wet Felting with Louise Gervais: Level I

Blue wet felting by Louise Gervais

Saturday, October 25, 2014 - 9:30am to Sunday, October 26, 2014 - 4:30pm

Back by popular demand! This dynamic hands-on beginner level class provides infinite opportunities for creative expression. Participants will learn properties of the felting process and will create their own "Nuno" felted scarf and clutch bag. Louise Gervais is an experienced fiber artist/artisan and educator whose work has been sold in The Textile Museum of Canada and the Burlington Arts Centre. Fabulous Wet Felting I is recommended as a preparatory for Fabulous Wet Felting II.


October 25 & 26, 9:30am - 4:30pm

Registration available through City of Orillia, course code 33684

Level I Fee: $145 Residents/ $181.25 Non-Residents

All materials for this class are included

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.

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