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Legacy Landscapes – a celebration of 25 years

Art by Murray VanHalem of Roehl Wetland Reserve

To celebrate 25 years of land conservation, The Couchiching Conservancy is presenting “Legacy Landscapes”, an art exhibition highlighting the natural beauty of our unique properties. Almost 40 professional landscape artists have been invited to create their impressions of Conservancy landscapes, with the Orillia Museum of Art and History partnering to provide gallery space for this impressive collection.

“Legacy Landscapes” will open Saturday November 10, 2018 at 1:00pm in the Carmichael Galley of the Orillia Museum of Art and History. Regular admission fees are waived for the opening so that many may attend this celebration. This special show will continue until March 24, 2019.

Many of the artworks will be available for purchase, with proceeds divided between the artist, OMAH, and Couchiching Conservancy. A catalogue of the show is being prepared and will be available at a later date.

Featured artwork: Roehl Wetland, by Murray VanHalem


Participating Artists:

Hilary Slater

I am a creative artist and I work in a number of fields. I paint in oils and watercolours, and I produce original pottery, photography, and Landscape Architecture designs.

Wendy Bermingham

As an artist of the contemporary landscape, what truly captivates me is the blurred line between realism and abstraction. Using both brush and palette knife, I strive to dig deeper than what is on the surface and search for the true essence of the scene. I delight in the exploration of texture and the expression of movement using lines, squiggles and dry brush, all the while falling in love with the light and colour.

Lee Contemporary Art, Tanya Cunningham

Born in Kirkland Lake, Ontario, Tanya Cunnington now resides in Orillia.   In 2001, Tanya received her Associates Degree from the Ontario College of Art and Design, with a Major in Drawing and Painting, and was the recipient of the Eric Freifeld Award for Excellence in Figurative Art.  She was also selected to take part in the Florence off-campus studies program in her third year.

Murray VanHalem

Murray Van Halem is a Canadian artist and educator who lives in Victoria Harbour, Ontario.  A graduate of Montreal’s School of Modern Photography, he began his career as a large-format commercial photographer and worked as a photojournalist, portrait photographer, magazine editor and writer. Murray now explores light, form and space through paint.

Liz Schamehorn

Jan Wheeler

Jan Wheeler is a Canadian artist whose current work explores fluid movement in landscape. The artist holds a diploma in Design Arts from Seneca College of Art in Toronto, Ontario. She studied conceptual art at Byam Shaw School in London, UK and life drawing at Lorenzo d’Medici School of Art in Florence, Italy.

Jan has enjoyed exhibiting her work in many cities around the world including New York, Toronto, Tokyo, Nashville, Jeddah and Vancouver.

More information on artists coming soon!