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.

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See You on the Patio

Friday nights all summer long, OMAH will be participating in the “See You on the Patio” evenings in the Peter Street Arts District.  Starting Friday July 2nd, visit us in front of the museum each Friday for a drop-in, family-friendly activity, only $2 per person or $5 for a family of up to 4, and fun for all ages!  Peter Street will be alive with art on these evenings, you will not want to miss out!

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Historical Orillia: A Guided Walking Tour

On Friday nights, OMAH will be running guided, history walking tours all around the downtown.  Join your guide for a fascinating excursion through the Orillia of the past as we share stories of famous local people and places.  Some stories are sure to bring back memories, and maybe some will be new to you!  Tours will depart from OMAH at 7pm and return to the museum after about an hour and a half.  Please wear appropriate footwear to walk in.  This program begins on Friday July 2nd, and will run every Friday until the fall.  Book now as space is limited!

Only $10 per person ($7.50 for members).

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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. 

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See You on the Patio

Friday nights all summer long, OMAH will be participating in the “See You on the Patio” evenings in the Peter Street Arts District.  Starting Friday July 2nd, visit us in front of the museum each Friday for a drop-in, family-friendly activity, only $2 per person or $5 for a family of up to 4, and fun for all ages!  Peter Street will be alive with art on these evenings, you will not want to miss out!

Recurring

Historical Orillia: A Guided Walking Tour

On Friday nights, OMAH will be running guided, history walking tours all around the downtown.  Join your guide for a fascinating excursion through the Orillia of the past as we share stories of famous local people and places.  Some stories are sure to bring back memories, and maybe some will be new to you!  Tours will depart from OMAH at 7pm and return to the museum after about an hour and a half.  Please wear appropriate footwear to walk in.  This program begins on Friday July 2nd, and will run every Friday until the fall.  Book now as space is limited!

Only $10 per person ($7.50 for members).

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.

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Saturday Morning Programming

Saturday mornings from 9:30-12:30 The Orillia Museum of Art & History will be offering drop-in family activities in the courtyard behind the museum.  Shopping at the Farmer’s Market? Come by OMAH when you’re done.  Get your books at the library and then head our way.  Pick up your breakfast at Mariposa Market and then stop by the museum.  Make OMAH part of your Saturday morning routine.  Only $2 per person or $5 for a family of up to 4, and fun for all ages!

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.

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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.