New Summer in Orillia exhibit at OMAH celebrates a sunny past


‘I knew that the Orillia area was sort of a summer playground, so that’s what prompted it,’ says Orillia Museum of Art & History volunteer who helped curate exhibit

In a summer like no other, the Orillia Museum of Art and History is celebrating the city’s warm weather traditions.

Museum volunteers Sheila Davis and Bruce Jones have created Summer In Orillia, an exhibit running in the museum’s foyer until Sept. 20.

“I knew that the Orillia area was sort of a summer playground, so that’s what prompted it: how do we celebrate Orillia,” said Davis.

And the many paintings, books, models, and trinkets — even the cracked remains of a historic champagne bottle — tell a story of a lakeside city which has always bustled with energy in the summer months.

From a massive print of a downtown street crowded with local stores, to a painting of the famed Lions Oval grandstand, it’s a portrait of a town many new or young Orillians might not recognize.

Sifting through the archives gave Davis a new perspective on Orillia’s past.

“I probably have more of an appreciation for how rich the history is,” she said.

In a summer where many sports are cancelled the…

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