Fall 2021 Exhibitions at the Orillia Museum of Art & History


D. Ahsén:nase Douglas: Unmarked, oil on canvas, 30”x30”, 2020

We Are Still Here
D. Ahsén:nase Douglas

November 5, 2021 – April 16, 2022
Opening reception: Saturday November 6, from 1-3 p.m.
The Franklin Carmichael Gallery
Please RSVP to Monica Szegvary at visitors@orilliamuseum.org if you would like to attend the opening reception.

Our Elders tell us that our feet have walked upon the back of Turtle Island for time immemorial. Our resiliency has been proven time and time again, we have faced genocide both physical and cultural, betrayal at the hands of our allies, residential schools, and the murder of our women and girls. Despite this… We Are Still Here! – D. Ahsén:nase Douglas

About the Artist

“Dee” Ahsén:nase Douglas is a Kanien’kehá:ka (Mohawk) painter, children’s story book author, educator and urban NDN with roots in Kahnawà:ke Mohawk Territory, which is near Montreal. He is a self-taught painter, with formal training in art history and visual design, photography, computer science, social science and education. As an Indigenous Artist in Residence for the York Regional District School Board, he has been given the opportunity to share his art, culture and stories to students over the years.

He works primarily with oil on canvas and describes himself as a figurative painter whose work, while exploring Indigenous themes, does not follow the rigid characteristics of what is stereotypically considered “Indigenous Art” within the context of commercial North America. His culture, he states “…is an abundant source of creative expression” that helps him to entwine traditional values and experiences within contemporary subject matter. His work currently explores Indigenous identity, culture, perspectives and stories through the “figure” as well as characterizations.

Read the August 12, 2021 CBC Article on Douglas’s recent exhibition at Leslie Grove Gallery in Toronto


Carmichael Canadian Landscape Exhibition: Tradition Transformed

Carmichael Canadian Landscape Exhibition: Tradition Transformed

November 5, 2021 – January 22, 2022
Opening reception: Saturday November 6, from 1-3 p.m.
Opening remarks and awards presentation: Saturday November 6 at 1:30 p.m.
The Mulcahy Family Gallery

The Carmichael Canadian Landscape Exhibition: Tradition Transformed was created in recognition of Group of Seven member and Orillia native Franklin Carmichael. Now in its 20th year, this juried show calls on artists from across the country to submit work that embraces, challenges, comments, critiques, echoes, re-works or strengthens images, perceptions and interpretations of the Canadian landscape through the artist’s chosen medium. Heavily rooted in Carmichael’s beliefs on traditionalism and classical modes of artistic expression, Carmichael himself was very much invested in contemporary artistic styles having been inspired by his native Canadian surroundings.

2021 Jurors: Martha Reeve, Art Advisor and Deborah Farquharson, Interdisciplinary Artist.

Please RSVP to Monica Szegvary at visitors@orilliamuseum.org to join us for the exhibition’s Opening Reception and for the presentation of the Jurors’ Prize (value: $1500), The Kevin J. Batchelor Emerging Artist Award (value: $1000) and The Paul Quarrington Legacy Award for multidisciplinary work (value: $250).


2021 Carmichael Canadian Landscape Exhibition Selected Artist Trish Shwart: After the Fire, Acryla-gouache and acrylic on wood panel, 18”x24”, 2021.

2021 Artists:
Peter Adams
Shannon Anderson
Tobi Asmoucha
Tiffany Blaise
Chelsea Brant
Linda Briskin
Christopher Cape
Donna Chudnow
Erin Fyfe Donnelly
Holly Fay
Jane Forrest
Richard Foster
Anita Granger
Sarah Hawley
Jessica Hein
David Holden
Sharon Hunter
Philip Jackman
Jelica Jovin
Gita Karklins
Paddy Lamb
Jane Lawrence
Alexandra Majerus
Bettina Matzkuhn
Tammy McClennan
Alan McCord
Kara McIntosh
Andrew McKay
Cindy J. Miller
George Novotny
Denesee Paul
Laura Peturson
Piera Pugliese
Brenda Mabel Reid
Tom Ridout
Ava Roth
Lori Ryerson
Trish Shwart
Julia Soderholm
Marta Stares
Peter H Stranks
Denise Strong
Irina Teske
Michael Trommer
Joanna Turlej
Anna Wagner-Ott
Isaac Watamaniuk
Janine Wheeler
Elayne Windsor
Lynn Wyczolkowski
Diana Yoo
Angela Zheng

Register for the online 2021 Carmichael Art History Lecture: What Came Next, with Dr. Anna Hudson, Professor at York University, Art Historian and Curator. November 17 at 7 p.m.

For information/Media Contact: Tanya Cunnington, Arts Programming Coordinator
705 326–2159 x109 | artscoordinator@orilliamuseum.org


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