January 20 – May 31, 2024

Special Reception – January 20, 1 – 3 pm at the Orillia Museum of Art & History

Image credit: Untitled by Selena Hajiric

Twice a year, the Art in Public Places Committee, managed by OMAH in partnership with the City of Orillia issues calls for art for The Stack Gallery, located within the lobby of the Orillia Recreation Centre.  For its first exhibition in 2024, the committee invited high-school aged youth from Orillia and area to create work that explores the current mindset and beliefs of youth today.  They were encouraged to utilize the term “zeitgeist”, which means the feel or mood of modern times.

A jury of arts professionals reviewed the submissions and made their final selection, inspired by how the students from Orillia Secondary School and Twin Lakes Secondary School have boldly expressed and interpreted their beliefs and feelings through an artistic lens.

To fully appreciate the depth of each piece, we encourage viewers to take a moment to engage with the artists’ statements and read the accompanying labels. These insights provide a valuable context, allowing you to connect with the artist’s intention and the broader narrative behind the artwork.



Title of Work

Madeline Thornton Mi Fhin & Untitled
Skylan Deleary Untitled
Selena Hajric Untitled (Set of 3)
Paige Hodges Inside the Teenage Mind
Olivia Zeng Chase a Dream
Gracie Van Vlaenderen Duality of Desire
Haeven Hepinstall Nature’s Good Morning
Leons Jones Take My Heart, I Don’t Want To Feel
Katie Robinson Untitled



About the Stack Gallery: 

The Orillia Recreation Centre (ORC) is home to the Stack Gallery, an exhibit space designed primarily for two-dimensional works of art curated by the Art in Public Places Committee.

The Gallery, along with many architectural features throughout the building, is designed to honour the site’s industrial past as a manufacturing hub for Otaco Ltd. (Orillia Tudhope Anderson Company). The company produced a wide variety of products over the years, from farming implements to undercarriages to Minnitoys for nearly a century.

Today, the ORC brings a renewed vibrancy to this location in the heart of downtown Orillia. The Gallery is part of this vibrancy and is accessible throughout the day during regular business hours. Visit the ORC’s webpage for its hours of operation.

Many of the works within the Gallery are priced for sale and can be purchased directly from the artists. Please inquire at the front desk or call 705-330-6479. Note: As a curated show, any items purchased from the Gallery must remain in the exhibit until its closing. 

Directions from the Orillia Museum of Art & History to the Stack Gallery