Come Together

Over the last couple of years, Oshawa’s popular community events, such as live music performances, Fiesta Festival, Pride, and the Peony Festival, shifted to digital formats. With plans for a return to in-person events, this exhibition reflects on ways historical Oshawa gathered in the past, and celebrates the importance of community coming together in celebration.

Story and Song: Intro to Anishinaabemowin with Melody Crowe

This event is free and open to everyone. Registration required.

Join us virtually or in-person at Oshawa Public Libraries – Delpark Homes Centre Branch on Saturday June 18th from 10:30 – 11:30 am for a morning of stories and songs with Anishinaabekwe Melody Crowe. Learn the Anishinaabemowin names for the animals living around us. This event is hybrid with limited in-person capacity. To participate in-person, please email Erin Szikora at [email protected]. To participate virtually, please register with the link above. Each participant will receive a printable colouring book. This event is for all ages and is presented in partnership with The Robert McLaughlin Gallery and Oshawa Public Libraries.

This program is presented as part of Mamanaw Pekiskwewina | Mother Tongues: Dish With One Spoon Territory, the second of four locality specific iterations of the Mamanaw Pekiskwewina project, and was developed in tandem with the presentation of Taskoch pipon kona kah nipa muskoseya, nepin pesim eti pimachihew | Like the winter snow kills the grass, the summer sun revives it at The Robert McLaughlin Gallery. Mamanaw Pekiskwewina | Mother Tongues: Dish With One Spoon Territory is co-curated by Missy LeBlanc and Erin Szikora.


Melody Crowe is a Michi-Saagiig Anishinaabe Woman from Alderville First Nation which is located on the South Shore of Rice Lake, Ontario. She has dedicated her life to creating a deeper understanding and appreciation of First Nation culture, knowledge, language, and history, and has more than 25 years of teaching the Ojibway language to children, youth, adults, and Elders. She works from the place of honouring her Ancestors and honouring the importance of Indigenous Peoples and ways of knowing. In 2007, Melody received the Lifetime Achievement Award for her work in the preservation of language and culture from the Union of Ontario Indians, and in 2015, the Honouring Our People Award from the Ogemawahi Tribal Council. Melody is also an eagle feather carrier, a jingle dancer, and a photographer.

Mamanaw Pekiskwewina Mother Tongues: Dish With One Spoon Territory is presented in partnership with TRUCK Contemporary Art.

We acknowledge the support of the Canada Council for the Arts and the Ontario Trillium Foundation for this project.

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Seniors Art Competition Information Session

Learn about the contest entry guidelines and gain insight into the jurying process with help from RMG staff. We will review the competition’s judging criteria, the competition categories, and answer all of your questions. To register, visit www.oshlib.ca/signup or call 905-579-6111.

About the Seniors Art Competition and Exhibition:

The Seniors Art Competition and Exhibition is co-hosted by The Robert McLaughlin Gallery, Oshawa Senior Community Centres, and the Oshawa Public Libraries. This year’s theme is victory. If you are 55+ and a member of the RMG, Oshawa Senior Community Centres, or the Oshawa Public Libraries, we invite you to submit one artwork for the exhibition. Show us what victory means to you! All mediums are accepted. Prizes are awarded in three categories: Novice, Hobby, and Open.

Submission Drop Off: August 4, 10 am-4 pm

Exhibition: August 10 to September 25, 2022

Opening and Awards Reception: August 17, 2:30 pm

Submission Pick Up: September 27, 10 am-4 pm

For more information, visit: www.oshawalibrary.ca/seniors-art-competition/

OPG Sunday: Flowers

Bring on the blooms! It’s Oshawa’s Peony Festival weekend! Join us as we create flower inspired artworks.  We’ll make a fun mixed media sculptural flower garden as well as paint our own windsocks! This event is generously sponsored by Ontario Power Generation.

No registration required.

Water Gestures: Walk + Learn with Patricia Wilson and Milton Hill

This event is free and open to everyone. Registration is required.

Spend the morning at the RMG with environmental conservation coordinator and advocate Patricia Wilson and outdoor educator Milton Hill! Inspired by themes of connectedness and imagination in Tim Whiten’s exhibition Elemental: Oceanic, this interactive outdoor workshop will explore the vital role water plays in environmental cycles and local ecosystems, including its importance to human life. Through hands-on learning by the Oshawa Creek, Patricia and Milton will share their knowledge and invite others to do the same in a reflective, educational experience centered on the immediate surroundings of the RMG.

Participants are asked to bring a notebook and writing or drawing materials of their choice to do some journaling throughout the session.

The gathering will begin in the backyard at the RMG, and will extend into nearby trails and parks. You should come prepared for the weather and some walking.

Check out Elemental: Oceanic, on view at the RMG until August 28, 2022.

Patricia Wilson is the Founder of Diverse Nature Collective (DNC) and works as a Community Conservation Coordinator for Kawartha Land Trust. She holds a BSc in Biology with a Specialization in Conservation Biology from Trent University and a diploma in Ecosystem Management from Fleming College.

In her daily work, Patricia engages the community and volunteers in ecological restoration and land stewardship opportunities through events out on the land. She also creates partnerships with local organizations and businesses – helping to educate and connect people with nature and conservation work.

Patricia is also a strong advocate for racialized voices in the outdoors and is passionate about increasing diversity within the environmental movement and land trust sector. Combining both her passions for conservation work and diversifying the outdoors, Patricia started the DNC as a way to empower and mobilize racialized voices within her community and create a space that inspires, uplifts and connects people of all backgrounds.

In her spare time she enjoys spending as much time as she can in nature and loves to explore the outdoors through hiking and backcountry paddle trips!

Milton Hill is an Outdoor Educator who aims to integrate his knowledge of the natural world with spiritual traditions that foster a deeper understanding of nature and ourselves. He graduated from Fleming College’s Outdoor Adventure Education program in 2019 and has since worked for a variety of outdoor outfitters and organizations. He is inspired by his practice of the I Ching, Tibetan Buddhism, Compassionate Communication, and Ubuntu, which have all influenced his perspective of the natural environment. Developing self-awareness in himself and others, Milton has also started doing more work to help folks within BIPOC communities engage with both the challenges and potential for peacefulness in the great outdoors. Milton also enjoys learning through experiential education and crafting his own gear – including canvas and wool winter clothes, moccasins, and canoe paddles.

Notes on Access:

The backyard at the RMG is accessible through the gallery via stairs or elevator. If you need more information about the terrain or what to expect, please get in touch and we can answer any questions you have.

ASL Interpretation can be arranged upon request. Please contact Hannah Keating at [email protected] by May 20 to submit an interpretation request. All efforts will be made to fill a request, but if an Interpreter cannot be secured, we will let you know before the event takes place.

If there are other ways we can support your participation, please send an email to [email protected].

Durham College Thesis Artist Talks

Please join the students on May 19th for an artist-led tour of the exhibition. This is your chance to learn more about specific projects and hear about the journey from conception to fabrication to presentation.

Emerging Visions: Durham College Thesis Exhibition 2022

Curated by: Sean McQuay and Hannah Keating

Artists: Darren Ballie, Emma Davey, Keyra Flint, Julia Gow, Madeline Hebbes, Emma MacLean, Abbigale McMillan, Rachelle Payay, Makayla Rempel, Payton Urbach, Haven Weese, David Wigley, Lyndsey Wine

Join us on May 19 for an artist talk and June 10 for a reception!

We are pleased to present the annual Durham College Thesis Exhibition! Like all visionary explorers, the students in Durham College’s Fine Arts Advanced program are involved in a continual process of identifying and studying meaningful subjects that pertain to their own evolving bodies of work. They first research then develop strategies unique to their practice through experimentation, all the while learning to define and focus their personal interests. The show includes the work of 13 exciting new artists whose work represents a wide range of subjects, interests, and mediums.

OPG Sunday: Mom’s Day

Join us at 11 am or 1 pm! No registration required.

It’s a special day! Come celebrate with us as we are inspired by current exhibitions to create an artistic fabric masterpiece and cool pop up card. We’ll also explore the Oshawa Art Association exhibition with a scavenger hunt!

This event is generously sponsored by Ontario Power Generation.

The Oshawa Art Association’s 54th Juried Art Exhibition

Visit the RMG between May 6th and May 22nd to check out the Oshawa Art Association’s 54th Juried Art Exhibition. This exhibition showcases artworks created by artists from across Durham Region.

Mother’s Day Brunch

Price: $65 for ages 12 and up, $38 for ages 4 to 12, free for kids under 4

1st seating @ 10:30am | 2nd seating @ 12:30pm

Email [email protected] to register

Treat them to brunch! The RMG is hosting a Mother’s Day brunch in Arthur’s on the 4th. Catered by local company, Farm and Wild, come out and spend the day celebrating the motherly figure in your life.