Fall 2023 Exhibitions at Orillia Museum of Art & History

Claudia Mandler McKnight, Bone Island Shorelines: A Mirror of Relationship. Digital photograph mounted on birch panel, 30″x40″, 2022.

2023 Tradition Transformed

October 14, 2023 – January 13, 2024
Reception: October 14, 2023 | 1-3 pm
Remarks and Prizes Awarded: October 14, 2023 | 1:30 pm
Mulcahy Family Gallery

Our vast and varied landscape is as unique and diverse as the Canadians who inhabit it. The beauty of our landscape can be a source of national pride, but our land is also going through many challenges such as climate change, land claims, and loss of natural habitats. Tradition Transformed asks the question, what does the Canadian landscape mean to you?

This annual juried exhibition was created in recognition of landscape artist and Group of Seven member, Franklin Carmichael, who was born in Orillia. Now in its 22nd 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, including but not limited to drawing, painting, sculpture, photography and media arts.

2023 Artists:
Lori Ryerson, Chloe Serenko, Krista Pain, Julie Cosgrove, Sonja Ng, Gayle Dempsey, Martha Klein Henrickson, Mike Callaghan, Kathy Melanson, Monique Martin, Nick Peterson, Claudia Mandler McKnight, Elayne Windsor, Diane Blunt, Lulu Galway, Taimi Poldmaa, Luci Dilkus, Ben Benedict, Frank Myers, Tuncel Mustafa, Samantha Vessios, Carole Milon, Lori Harrison, L. E. Glazer, Anita Granger, Hugh Alcock, Sheree-Lee Olson, Hafsa Murtaza, Tammy McClennan, Peter Fyfe, Emily Conlon, Heidi Leverty, Jennifer Lantz, Diana Hillman, Anton Pickard, Amy Thompson, Janine Wheeler, Peter Cheung, Douglas Stratford, Wendy Wingfelder, Margaret Wasiuta, John Notten, Janet Read, Rhoda Payne, Pauline Sutherland, Dani Madger, Gita Karklins

Amy Bagshaw is a practising visual artist working in the Simcoe County region. She is the Coordinator of the Museum and Gallery Studies Program and is Director of the Campus Gallery at Georgian College, Barrie, ON.

Sue A. Miller is a practising visual artist who shares her time between the Creemore area and Newfoundland. She is also an instructor and curator.

Juror’s Prize – $1500
Kevin J. Batchelor Emerging Artist Award – $1000

Franklin Carmichael, Old Barns, Miner’s Bay. Watercolour on paper, 10″x12.5″, 1925.

A Collection-Inspired Exhibition:
A Close-Up on Carmichael

On until January 6, 2024
Lounge Gallery

To coincide with Tradition Transformed, OMAH’s annual juried landscape exhibition inspired by Orillia-born artist and Group of Seven member, Franklin Carmichael, this exhibition brings you an intimate look at Carmichael’s art and artefacts from our permanent collection as well as a few artworks on loan.

Franklin Carmichael (1890-1945) was an illustrator, painter and teacher. He is most well-known due to his affiliation with the Group of Seven of which he was the youngest founding member. The works of Franklin Carmichael are held in major collections, including the National Gallery of Canada, the Art Gallery of Ontario and the McMichael Canadian Art Collection.

Jennifer Zardo, Untitled. Monoprint, 30″x22″.

Home Sweet Home
Jennifer Zardo

On until January 6, 2024
Upper Gallery

As a single mother, my current body of work explores the notion of home and its importance as a nurturing and healthy environment. I am also interested in questioning and celebrating the complex relationship humanity has with nature. At times, one feels the power of nature and our connection to it, and at other times we suffer a disconnection from it. Similarly, within our homes and families, we often move between periods of connectedness and disconnection. Home Sweet Home conveys my identity as a mother, my need for safe structures, my desire to connect with nature and the importance of a place to call home.
– Jennifer Zardo

Jennifer Zardo received her Fine Arts-Advanced Diploma from the School of Design and Visual Art at Georgian College, Barrie, Ontario in 1996. She currently lives and works in Orillia, Ontario. This exhibition is a collection of prints, paintings and sculpture. Home Sweet Home is Jennifer Zardo’s first solo exhibition at OMAH.

Also at OMAH this Fall:

50 Years of Mariposa Arts Theatre
Until January 6, 2024
Franklin Carmichael Gallery

Tradition Transformed: Artist Talk
Thursday November 30, 2023 | 5 PM

Please join us for an artist talk between three of the artists selected for this year’s Tradition Transformed juried exhibition, John Notten, Luci Dilkus and Peter Fyfe. John Notten is a Toronto based artist/educator who works primarily in site specific, participatory installations. Luci Dilkus is a mixed media/fibre artist and an Arts Therapist residing in Tiny Township. Peter Fyfe is an Orillia based artist/educator who works in mixed media sculpture/installation and painting. This free event will be moderated by Tanya Cunnington, OMAH’s Arts Programming Coordinator, and will discuss the idea of traditional landscape art, and how each of these artists pushed those boundaries with their chosen mediums.

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

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