Pest Control at The Orillia Museum of Art & History (OMAH)

image Amy Swartz, Pest (detail), insect specimen, plastic toy parts, mixed media

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

September 28 – October 13
The Lounge Gallery

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. This exhibition is curated by Will McGarvey and Ninette Gyorody


John F. Ross, Wilderness, Oil and Pastel on Paper

John F. Ross

John F. Ross (b. 1984, Toronto, Canada) is a Canadian painter creating contemporary works charged with personal and sociopolitical narratives. A graduate of Studio Art from York University, John has been exhibiting his work since 2006 in Ontario and Alberta and can be found in private collections across Canada and Europe. John lives and works in Calgary.

Amy Swartz

Amy Swartz is a Toronto-based artist and a lecturer in OCAD University’s Faculty of Art. Swartz creates meticulously crafted collections influenced by mythology, personal narrative, scientific experimentation, and museum display. Her installations have been funded by the Toronto Arts Council and the Ontario Arts Council, and have been exhibited at private and public galleries, such as Angel Gallery in Toronto, the Cambridge Galleries, and Definitely Superior in Thunder Bay.

Orillia Centre

The Orillia Centre for Arts + Culture, formerly known as Huronia Cultural Campus, is a not for profit organization dedicated to building a new home for creative arts, education, and innovation in Orillia.

For information/Media Contact: Ninette Gyorody, Executive Director
705 326–2159 x101 |


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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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