Artists launch guides to downtown arts district


The eye-catching creation, featuring drawings of each gallery’s storefront, was spearheaded by the Orillia Fine Arts Association

A new resource will serve as a handy map to art galleries in downtown Orillia.

The Orillia Fine Arts Association has announced the release of the Arts District Gallery Guide, which will be distributed to galleries in time for Victoria Day weekend.

The guide will be posted in the galleries and will contain a QR code that will take visitors to a page about Orillia and Lake Country Tourism that contains additional information about each gallery.

The guide was created in partnership with Orillia and Lake Country Tourism, the City of Orillia, the Orillia Arts District and the Orillia and District Arts Council, explains Mary Jo Pollak.

“Together we found a way to help gallery-goers connect with similar downtown venues. People who can’t find a piece that appeals to them in one gallery can easily find other places to explore,” said Mary Jo Pollak, the “mastermind” behind the guide, in a press release.

It was created by David Crighton of Orillia, who illustrated the guide with his drawings of each gallery store front, using a mixture of pen and ink, acrylic paint and digital software.

The guide is a pilot project that introduces companies whose main goal is to sell art. The hope is to eventually expand it to other “creative-oriented businesses” in the city center.

Visit for a list of galleries.

For more information, contact Pollak at [email protected]


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