Committee trying to locate late local artist’s missing painting

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Ada Torrance’s work used to hang in the hospital, but hasn’t been seen for years. “It’s great to find it, or at least know where it is.”

The Orillia City Heritage Commission hopes to help the community solve the mysteries of local art.

The family of the artist Adamorance, who died in 1982, donated two of her paintings for the enjoyment of Orillia’s inhabitants. One drew a night camp scene. It is on display at the Orillia Public Library. The second shows the daytime camp scene, the location of the painting is unknown.

This work has been on display for years in the emergency department waiting room of the Orilia Soldiers Memorial Hospital.

A few years ago, Coun. Tim Lauer was in the waiting room and noticed that the painting was gone. He asked around, but no one knew where it was.

Lauer raised the issue again at a recent city heritage committee meeting, so the group set out to find an answer.

“It’s a bit long shot, but it’s nice to undo the two (paintings),” he said. “We just want to make sure that anyone who owns it knows the heritage of the work.”

But I don’t know if anyone still has it.

Gay Guthrie, chairman of the city’s heritage committee, said the hospital’s emergency department had changed places over the years, saying “it may have piled up and removed a lot of things.” rice field. “It’s great to find it, or at least know where it is.”

Torrance was famous for quilting, Guthrie said, but her paintings also got a lot of attention. Quilting inspiration can be found in camping paintings with “its graphic and linear quality”, she explained.

Torrance, associated with seven Orillia-born artists Franklin Carmichael, often painted with a group of women at the current Orillia Museum.

“They were very talented and very good artists,” Guthrie said.

It is possible that the painting no longer exists, but if it does, Guthrie wants anyone who has it to contact the City Heritage Commission, regardless of the circumstances.

“I don’t have a question. I don’t care how people got it. I just want to know where it is to reunite them for a show at the library,” she says. I did. “It’s not Picasso. It’s just a part of local history.”

Anyone who has information about the painting can contact Assistant City Secretary Robin Cado at [email protected] or 705-329-2452.

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