Fall Exhibitions 2019 at The Orillia Museum of Art & History (OMAH)


Ingrid Mayrhofer: After Krieghoff

September 21, 2019 – January 11, 2020
Special Reception: Saturday, October 19, 1-3 pm
Artist Talk with Ingrid Mayrhofer: Saturday, October 19, 12-1 pm. $5 for members, $10 for general

“After Krieghoff” comprises a series of stereoscopic photo and video compositions using Mayrhofer’s own photographs of landscapes and objects together with skies appropriated from a Cornelius Krieghoff painting. The imagery responds to the ambiguity of the photographic record, adjusting the landscape much like Krieghoff did through genre painting.

The project furthers Mayrhofer’s exploration of the intersections between culture and nature, seeking a common visual ground in blurred fields between images borrowed from art history and her own photographs.

Ingrid Mayrhofer gratefully acknowledges funding support from the Ontario Arts Council, an agency of The Government of Ontario.

When The Green Dark Forest Was Too Silent To Be Real

Until November 3, 2019
Special Reception: Saturday, September 14, 2-4pm
Artist Talk with Tina Poplawski: Saturday, September 14, 12:30-1:30 pm. $5 for members, $10 for general

Habitually collecting decomposing/dried botanical matter during hikes and canoe trips in and around the marshes and beaches of Tiny Township, Tina Poplawski has made art out of this botanical world debris. There is an allure in observing the process of decay and transformation that is found in her work. These observations and artistic interpretations are also grounded by the emotional reverberations caused by the enforced displacement of people from their homes by violent military assaults. The impact of war has tarnished her family history. Her parents and grandparents were all imprisoned in the gulags of Siberia during the Second World War and stripped of all that was dear to them. After their release, they were housed in refugee camps in five countries and disparagingly labelled “DP’s” or displaced persons.

This exhibition features large scale works inspired by the crocheted doilies created by her grandmother during the war, by Eastern European folk heritage, botanical matter and animals native to Central Ontario and her environment.

Tina Poplawski gratefully acknowledges funding support from the Ontario Arts Council, an agency of The Government of Ontario.


The Carmichael Canadian Landscape Exhibition: Tradition Transformed

November 8, 2019- January 22, 2020
Special Reception and Awards Presentation: November 8, 2019 7–9pm

The Carmichael Canadian Landscape Exhibition: Tradition Transformed was created in recognition of Group of Seven member, and Orillia native Franklin Carmichael. Now in its 18th 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 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. This exhibition features 41 works of art and was juried by Virginia Eichhorn, Executive Director, Quest Art School and Gallery, Midland and John Hartman, painter and printmaker.

Selected artists for this year’s exhibition are: Patti Agapi, Jane Austin, Natalie Baker, Christopher Cape, Grace Dam, Deborah Danelley, Dianne Davis, Pat Dumas-Hudecki, Linda Finn, Midori Fullerton, Anita Granger, Sadko Hadzihasanovic, Sara Heinonen, John Hofstetter, Janet Houston, Margit Koivisto, Steven Laurie, Jessica Lin, Joanne Lomas, Mike Marcon, David McClyment, Gregory McCullough, Erin McGean, Monique Motut-Firth, Sonja Ng, Krista Pain, Janet Read, Ronald Regamey, Lori Ryerson, Bill Schwarz, Byron Sheldrick, Karin Silverstone, Patrick Steiber, Peter Stranks, Bill Schwarz, Barrie Szekely, Marten Visser, Drew Wallis, Janine Wheeler.

Pest Control:
Works by John F. Ross and Amy Swartz

September 28- October 13, 2019

Both Amy’s micro-sculptures and John’s paintings explore human and species interdependency and interaction. Amy’s compositions are informed by personal, political, and imaginary social uprisings intended to set the stage for diverse narratives filled with tension and humour. John’s goal is to create paintings that, in the footsteps of the European Symbolists, emphasize an interpretable meaning behind line, shape and subject. The result is a collection of narratives about a place populated with the remnants of human influence and reclaimed by a wilder element. This exhibition is a partnership with the Orillia Centre For Arts + Culture, who are funded by the Government of Canada, TD Canada Trust: The Ready Commitment, and the Ontario Trillium Foundation.

Sir Sam’s Society Art Exchange

October 17-November 1, 2019
Artwork Selection Evening: Friday, November 1

This annual exhibition features work in a variety of media loaned by artists from across the region. Visitors can purchase a Sir Sam’s Society membership and can take home (or to the office!) an original work of art for a year.

Purchase a Sir Sam’s Society membership for $365 and enjoy all the core benefits of OMAH’s couple membership program, plus invitations to special VIP events, a $300 tax receipt, and an annual art loan party. Already an OMAH member? You can easily upgrade your membership to the Sir Sam’s Society level.

For information/Media Contact: Ninette Gyorody, Executive Director
705 326–2159 x101 | executivedirector@orilliamuseum.org


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The Orillia Museum of Art & History (OMAH) is a hub of culture and heritage located down in the heart of Orillia’s Peter Street Arts District. From scientific specimens and photographs, to archives and oral histories, OMAH offers a wide range of research possibilities and interpretive programs complemented by a body of rich and engaging exhibitions. The clock tower of our Sir Samuel Steele Memorial Building is a beacon for our historical location.

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