Conserving Creativity with the Orillia Museum

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The Orillia Museum of Art & History and The Couchiching Conservancy are proud to announce, Conserving Creativity, as part of 2017’s Ontario150 celebrations in showcasing the legacy of our cultural landscape.

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Temporary Art at Grant’s Woods

Walk the trails of Grant’s Woods and experience a series of works of art withing the natural setting.

Professional regional artists were invited to create temporary, non-invasive works of art that compliment the land but do no harm to it. Works will be installed in July 2017.

These sculptural works are also intended to raise awareness for The 17% Pledge to Nature Nature. The provincial and federal government have committed to bring at least 17% of the landscape under conservation by 2020. Lend your support to The Couchiching Conservancy by adding your name as a supporter in an effort to protect our region’s vital lands.

Grant’s Woods Trail Map with Art

Learn more about the 17% Pledge & Add Your Name

Grant’s Woods Nature Reserve & the office of The Couchiching Conservancy

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Art in Nature Workshops

From May to October, art instructors and outdoor educators will welcome people of all ages to various sites to explore nature and create a small take-home art project!

Contact the museum to register!


Sunday, October 22: Printmaking – Grant’s Woods, Orillia


Completed Art in Nature Workshops:

Sunday, May 28: Make and paint wooden birdhouses – Grant’s Woods, Orillia

Saturday, June 24: Create an animal with clay – Carthew Bay, Oro-Medonte

Saturday, July 22: Plein-air watercolour painting – Scout Valley, Orillia

Sunday, August 20: Paper art – East Coulson Swamp, Oro-Medonte

Saturday, September 23: Pastel drawing – Alexander Hope Smith, Washago

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Experience Artists in Their Natural Environments

Hike along the trails of two Couchiching Conservancy properties and interact with artists who will be creating art along the path. Plein-air painters and photographers will be inspired by their surrounding landscapes and available to answer any questions you have along the way.

These events are FREE and take place from 1pm – 3pm. No registration required.

Saturday, August 12 – Alexander Hope Smith Nature Reserve, Washago

Saturday, September 16, Wilkins Easement, Oro-Medonte

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This project has been made possible by:

Ontario 150 logo

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Conserving Creativity Partnership Program with the Orillia Museum of Art & History