Fall 2022 Exhibitions at the Orillia Museum of Art & History

Libby Hague, Arctic Time Zones. Woodcut with acrylic washes, 13”x49.5”, 2022.

2022 Carmichael Canadian Landscape Exhibition: Tradition Transformed

October 1, 2022 – January 14, 2023
Reception: October 1, 2022 | 1-3 pm
Remarks and prizes awarded: October 1, 2022 | 1:30 pm
Jurors: Susy Oliveira, Artist and OCADU Instructor and Anders Oinonen, Artist

The Carmichael Canadian Landscape Exhibition: Tradition Transformed was created in recognition of Group of Seven member, Franklin Carmichael, who was born in Orillia. Now in its 21st year, this juried exhibition calls on artists from across the country to submit work that reimagines the Canadian landscape through the artist’s chosen medium. While Carmichael believed in traditionalism and classical modes of artistic expression, he was very much invested in contemporary artistic styles having been inspired by his native Canadian surroundings.

Juror’s Prize – $1500
Kevin J. Batchelor Emerging Artist Award – $1000
Paul Quarrington Multidisciplinary Arts Award – $500

Installation View of the 2021 Carmichael Canadian Landscape Exhibition: Tradition Transformed

2022 Artists:
Nancy Bennett, Michael Black, Tommy Bourque, Kate Carder, Jennifer Clark, Jody Clement, David Cumming, Grace Dam, Destanne Dee Norris, Julie Desmarais, Steph Dunn, Mike Efford, Tanya Fenkell, Corin Ford Forrester, Peter E Fyfe, Erin Fyfe Donnelly, Curt Gaudon, Phyllis Gordon, John Graham, Anita Granger, Libby Hague, Pat Hertzberg, David Holden, Karla Houser, Xuefei (Fei) Ji, Gita Karklins, Ted Karut, Suzanne Leclair, Jessica Lin, Michael Madden, Tammy McClennan, Sandy Middleton, Carole Milon, Melissa Neil, Duane Nickerson, Taimi Poldmaa, Patti Randazzo Beckett, Kelly Rendek, Ava Roth, Lori Ryerson, Mike Salisbury, Juliana Scherzer, Barbara Schmidt, Karin Silverstone, Kelly Stevenson, Svetlana Swinimer, George Szabo, Ethel Voronkova, Elayne Windsor, Leszek Wyczolkowski, Teodora Zamfirescu

Sylvia Tesori, Cockpit. Oil on canvas, 36”x30”.

Sylvia Tesori: The Man Who Could Fly; The Girl Who Flies in Her Dreams

September 17, 2022 – January 14, 2023
Reception: October 1, 2022 | 1-3 pm
Remarks: October 1, 2022 | 1:30 pm

The Man Who Could Fly; The Girl Who Flies in Her Dreams is an exhibition of original artwork created by regional artist Sylvia Tesori and objects from her personal collection relating to her late father, Robert Tesori.

Sometimes, I move with wings through the air. However, my fascination with flight does not begin with me. My father, Robert Tesori was a pilot, an engineer, and a man of imagination. The love my father had for “metal birds” is replicated in my love for feathered ones. The series of paintings in this exhibition explores an inherited lineage, from my father’s mechanical craft to my organic creatures.

Sylvia Tesori obtained an honours degree in Wildlife Biology from the University of Guelph. She is passionate about biology and the natural world. In her artistic practice, Sylvia’s iconic crows and ravens demonstrate a sensitive and sublime connection to the environment. Vivid colours and navigational brush strokes make oil paint an ideal medium to portray her visual stories. Drawing from her Métis heritage, spiritual and natural worlds weave together in a unique and expressionistic way to tell these stories.

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

Fall Programs:

2022 Carmichael Art History Lecture (virtual): Jacksons Wars, The Birth of the Group of Seven and the Great War

Wednesday November 16th, 2022 | 7 PM with guest speaker Douglas Hunter

Before he cast his lot with a group of like-minded Toronto artists, Alexander Young (A.Y.) Jackson was an artist with a growing international reputation, as well as a soldier and a war artist. In this lecture, award winning author Douglas Hunter will give a captivating account of the many wars Jackson fought, on and off the battlefields of Europe, with critics, collectors, public galleries and fellow artists, as he became one of the best known Canadian artists of the 20th Century.

Tickets: $10
Please click HERE to register for your link.

Call for Submissions:

1. Biindigen / Welcome Mural at the City of Orillia Water Filtration Plant

2. Six Sites for Public Art, City of Orillia

The Art in Public Places Committee (APPC), administered by the Orillia Museum of Art & History (OMAH) on behalf of the City of Orillia, is seeking proposals for two public art projects. Visual artists, muralists and/or visual arts teams are encouraged to submit for both a digitally rendered mural to be located on the City of Orillia’s Water Filtration Plant as well as permanent public art to be located at six (6) sites throughout the City. Artists with experience creating innovative public art that is functional, inclusive, and accessible are strongly encouraged to apply.

For submission deadlines and more information about this project, please check our website. Questions and submissions should be directed to:

Ninette Gyorody, Executive Director.
705 326–2159 x101 | executivedirector@orilliamuseum.org

Also at OMAH this Fall:

The History of Orillia in 50 Artefacts: until January 7, 2023

Summer on the Lake: until October 15, 2022


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The Orillia Museum of Art & History (OMAH) is a fully accessible hub of culture and heritage located in the heart of Orillia’s Arts District. OMAH offers a wide range of interpretive programs complemented by a body of rich and engaging exhibitions. The historical clock tower of the Sir Samuel Steele Memorial Building is a beacon for our location.

The Orillia Museum of Art & History respectfully acknowledges our presence on the traditional territory of the Anishnaabeg. The Anishinaabeg include the Ojibwe, Odawa, and Pottawatomi nations, collectively known as the Three Fires Confederacy.

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