Virtual Exhibition Tour: Sticks and Stones by Will McGarvey

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Virtual Exhibition Tour
Please join Will on Wednesday, June 23rd from 7-8 pm as he takes you through his new exhibit and discusses the process involved behind select pieces.

Will will be at the museum during the presentation and will respond to questions at the end of the tour.

Welcome Home to Orillia

Orillia Museum of Art & History 30 Peter Street South, Orillia

In our upcoming exhibit, “Welcome Home to Orillia,” we interviewed eleven individuals from six continents who immigrated to Orillia to ask them these questions.  Their incredible stories of resilience and courage in the face of changing circumstances will be displayed at OMAH, alongside some of the objects they chose to bring with them.  Come visit the museum to learn about the amazing stories of people living right here in our community.  “Welcome Home to Orillia,” coming soon to OMAH.

Will McGarvey: Sticks and Stones

Orillia Museum of Art & History 30 Peter Street South, Orillia

On my canvas, natural forms are broken down into shape, colour and texture. Images emerge, interpreting themes currently challenging society and the environment. When painting, I celebrate the energy felt when beholding the intrinsic beauty of our world, no matter how ugly or scary. Art engages and transforms me. Landscape, politics, culture and the environment are just a few topics of exploration in Sticks and Stones, a body of work that I have been focused on for the past four years.

–Will McGarvey

Jill Price: Unfurled

Orillia Museum of Art & History 30 Peter Street South, Orillia

Drawing on narratives and word play based on animals hunted, trapped, and exchanged, Unfurled utilizes objects and materials held within OMAH’s historical collection, as well as objects created by Price, to discuss how the thriving abundance of animals led to the material wealth of their prime predators, human beings.

Becoming an Animal! (4 Week Program)

Have you ever imagined what that rabbit or squirrel in your backyard is thinking? Inspired by dioramas within the exhibition Unfurled, join artist and educator Jill Price for four fun activities exploring the world of animals right outside your door!  Jill will encourage young artists to research, observe, listen, draw, record and think like animals in relation to their human created environments to arrive at handmade zines that tell stories from a creature's perspective. 

Summer on the Lake

In our upcoming exhibit, “Summer on the Lake” we’ll be displaying a selection of artefacts from our collection that symbolize some of Orillia’s most famous features, the lakes.  From fishing at the Narrows to rowing races, from waterskiing to swimming to dancing at the Pav, Orillians have been enjoying their time at the lake for hundreds of years.  We’re going to celebrate those favourite summertime experiences in our exhibit, coming this summer.

Let the fur fly!

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Two speakers take opposing views of Canada's historic trade in animal skins.

OMAH exhibiting artist Jill Price examines the fur trade from an imagined animal perspective while amateur historian John Savage offers the viewpoint of his ancestor Antoine Gaudaur, a fur trader and Orillia's first non-indigenous settler.

Becoming an Animal! (4 Week Program)

Have you ever imagined what that rabbit or squirrel in your backyard is thinking? Inspired by dioramas within the exhibition Unfurled, join artist and educator Jill Price for four fun activities exploring the world of animals right outside your door!  Jill will encourage young artists to research, observe, listen, draw, record and think like animals in relation to their human created environments to arrive at handmade zines that tell stories from a creature's perspective. 

UNMAKE the UNWEARABLE

Did you inherit a fur coat, stole, shawl or hat that you will never wear, but feel like it is important or has value?  Inspired by the exhibition Unfurled and the work Fur Lined in which the artist dismantles fur objects to cover over the signature stripes of a Hudson Bay wool coat, join artist / educator Jill Price for a two-session workshop in which she will help you explore methods of unmaking and reimagining to help revive the materials and memories of the past. Starting with a brief introduction into other artists who have worked with fur as a material and the history of fur as a means of survival vs capital, Jill will work with participants to brainstorm how we might continue to honour the animals and the humans to which these fur items once belonged. After discussion, those in attendance will be shown some tricks on how to measure, cut and sew fur for their future endeavours.  Week 2 participants will come back together to share their projects, struggles, successes and ideas on how to resolve or expand their concepts.

Becoming an Animal! (4 Week Program)

Have you ever imagined what that rabbit or squirrel in your backyard is thinking? Inspired by dioramas within the exhibition Unfurled, join artist and educator Jill Price for four fun activities exploring the world of animals right outside your door!  Jill will encourage young artists to research, observe, listen, draw, record and think like animals in relation to their human created environments to arrive at handmade zines that tell stories from a creature's perspective. 

UNMAKE the UNWEARABLE

Did you inherit a fur coat, stole, shawl or hat that you will never wear, but feel like it is important or has value?  Inspired by the exhibition Unfurled and the work Fur Lined in which the artist dismantles fur objects to cover over the signature stripes of a Hudson Bay wool coat, join artist / educator Jill Price for a two-session workshop in which she will help you explore methods of unmaking and reimagining to help revive the materials and memories of the past. Starting with a brief introduction into other artists who have worked with fur as a material and the history of fur as a means of survival vs capital, Jill will work with participants to brainstorm how we might continue to honour the animals and the humans to which these fur items once belonged. After discussion, those in attendance will be shown some tricks on how to measure, cut and sew fur for their future endeavours.  Week 2 participants will come back together to share their projects, struggles, successes and ideas on how to resolve or expand their concepts.

Becoming an Animal! (4 Week Program)

Have you ever imagined what that rabbit or squirrel in your backyard is thinking? Inspired by dioramas within the exhibition Unfurled, join artist and educator Jill Price for four fun activities exploring the world of animals right outside your door!  Jill will encourage young artists to research, observe, listen, draw, record and think like animals in relation to their human created environments to arrive at handmade zines that tell stories from a creature's perspective.