Summer 2023 Exhibitions at the Orillia Museum of Art & History (OMAH)

Ted Fullerton, The Serpent’s Egg. Oil on canvas with wood. 78”x120”

Ted Fullerton
The Serpent’s Egg

Reception: Friday, July 28, 5-7 p.m.
July 28 – October 7, 2023
Mulcahy Family Gallery

Why is there something rather than nothing remains a central question in philosophy. Essentially, it is a question pertaining to metaphysics, a branch of philosophy that deals with the first principles of things such as being, knowing and identity. The concept of The Serpent’s Egg exists in many different cultures. In Greek mythology, it is based on the Greek myth of the Orphic Egg, where an egg embraced by a serpent was the source of the universe. The serpent or red snake, is an image Fullerton has explored within his work for many years. His interest in the symbolic image of the Orphic Egg and the serpent, is primarily associated with it representing a creative life force, transformation, fertility, wisdom, healing, and the renewal of life.

About the Artist

Ted Fullerton is a Canadian artist working in painting, drawing, printmaking and sculpture. As a figurative artist his work is symbolic in nature. Fullerton’s work is exhibited nationally and internationally and he is represented in numerous private and public collections. He was recently invited by the European Cultural Centre to exhibit in Venice, Italy during the 2022 Venice Biennale. As an educator, he was professor and head of the Fine Art Program at Georgian College, School of Design and Visual Art Barrie ON, from 1978-2013.

Continuing Throughout the Summer:

Elizabeth Wyn Wood, Untitled. Lithocrayon on paper. 7.5”x11”

Elizabeth Wyn Wood

April 29 – September 9, 2023
Franklin Carmichael Gallery

About the Artist

Elizabeth Wyn Wood (1903-1966) was at the forefront of the modernist movement in Canada as a professional artist, educator and outspoken arts advocate.

Born on Cedar Island in Orillia, Wood attended the Ontario College of Art in Toronto (today the Ontario College of Art and Design University) from 1921-1926. Upon graduation, Wood started her lifelong love affair with the Northern Ontario landscape as muse for her artistic practice. Returning to the Georgian Bay area summer after summer, Wood would sketch the rocks and trees of this landscape, both as preparatory drawings for her sculptures, and later, during the depression of the 1930s, as artworks that could be produced and exhibited more readily than sculptures. The landscape sketches included in this exhibition are representative of the nearly 100 sketches which she drew in the field.

Donald Stuart, Hayley Wickenheiser. Sterling silver, anodized aluminum, Ontario gold ore, ebony. 9”x6”

Donald Stuart

April 29 – September 2, 2023
Upper Gallery

I want to design and make beautiful objects in such a way that the beauty and craftsmanship speak for themselves. I have always been fascinated with history and historical figures. I want to celebrate women’s contributions to the story of Canada and my research enabled me to develop this theme: Homage. I also want to share the stories of Canadian women whom I do not believe have the recognition that I think they deserve. – Donald Stuart

About the Artist

As one of Canada’s leading gold/silversmiths, Donald Stuart has earned an international reputation for his work in jewellery, vessels such as vases, sometimes referred to as hollowware and architectural installations. Born in Toronto, Stuart graduated from the Ontario College of Art, earning his Associates Degree (AOCA) in 1967. In 1981, he received a Masters of Fine Arts (MFA) from the School for American Crafts in Rochester, NY.

In October 2002, Donald Stuart was awarded Canada’s highest honour, the Order of Canada, in recognition of his illustrious career as a craftsman and educator. At the investiture, his citation read “his effect on Canada’s arts and crafts industry has been profound and lasting.”

Call for Submissions: Tradition Transformed

Submission Deadline: August 11, 2023
Jury Results: The second week of September
Exhibition Dates: October 14, 2023 – January 13, 2024

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.

Amy Bagshaw: Artist/Coordinator of the Museum and Gallery Studies Program and Director of the Campus Gallery at Georgian College, Barrie, ON.
Sue A. Miller: Artist/Educator/Curator.

Entry fee: There is an application fee of $35 (plus HST) per submission. Artists can submit up to 3 times, $35 (plus HST) each submission, one image for each entry.

Submission info, including guidelines and submission form can be found on our website HERE.

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