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Travis Shilling, Back Roads, oil on canvas, 30” x 40”

Upcoming Exhibition at the Orillia Museum of Art & History


April 29–July 16, 2017

Curated by Judith Gibson-Vick

Water is a source of life, it provides a means to survival. Watershedsci examines the impact we have on our water systems, making visible both the observed and unseen synergy that exist between the waters of Simcoe County and the people who live here.

For centuries water has been considered an infinite resource, fuelling farms, industry, transportation and urban centres. Scientific studies have pointed to the eventuality of a finite system, one that requires management and protection. It is the research of dedicated scientists, like those at Lakehead University, that give us the tools for the future health of our water. It is this research that intrigued the Simcoe Watershed artists.

Watershedsci grew out of the “The Simcoe Watershed Art Project”, an inspiration of Jennie Clark’s commitment to the waterways located close to her home. Clark and like-minded artists exhibited their work drawing attention to the residual effects of farming, industry and urbanization. Since 2006, artists from across the region have used their art to raise awareness and generate conversation relevant to the watershed. As the group expanded, they became aware of the research at Lakehead University and connected with the scientists to collaborate with them on this project.

The Watershedsci artists have an acute sense of place; a sensitivity to the land and water around them. For some, this connection has been developed since their childhoods in Simcoe County, for others as transplanted adults. The waterways are an integral part of their lives. Each of the artists in the exhibition, brings together the scientific information shared by the Lakehead University scientists with their own artistic vision and concerns.

The exhibition surveys the observations, reflections, spirituality and interests of each of the artists, but perhaps more importantly poses the questions we all have to ask ourselves about the responsibilities we need to realize in becoming the water stewards of our own future.

Peter McEwen, still from Watershed Down, video, 2017

This exhibition links art practice and scientific research exploring the eco-systems of Lake Couchiching and Lake Simcoe to generate greater understanding of water quality issues.

Current scientific research taking place at Lakehead University, Orillia Campus has been the catalyst for this group exhibition of selected participants who have been given references to academic research to develop their creative response utilizing and exploring new media as well as traditional methods of art making.

The artists involved in this project are:

Travis Shilling, Joanna McEwen, Peter McEwen, Peter Miehm, Sarah Uffelman, Heather Driver Kerslake, Luci Dilkus, Roger Kerslake, Karen Wild, Tanya Cunnington, Bewabon Shilling and Jennie Clark.

Simcoe Watershed Art Project is a collaborative visual arts project with an environmental theme created to involve regional artists in the expression and documentation of the wonders within the Lakes Simcoe and Couchiching watersheds.

"It is our goal to encourage members of the community at large and the environmental research communities to realize the potential of visual art to communicate environmental concerns. Beyond recreational purposes, the watershed and the quality of water it processes are essential to life."

Please join us at the Orillia Museum of Art & History on Thursday, May 4 from 7-9m for the opening reception. Opening remarks at 7:30pm

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

Orillia Museum of Art & History
30 Peter St. S.
Orillia, ON  L3V 5A9

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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. The clock tower of our Sir Samuel Steele Memorial Building is a beacon for our historical location. For over ten years OMAH has been inspiring creativity and celebrating history, growing as a hub for local artists and historians.

Museum hours: Monday to Saturday, 10 – 4pm | Sunday 1-4pm I Admission is by donation





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