Ontario Society of Artists

Country Heritage Park, Milton, ON, Art-in-the-Park, call-for-entry

Be the first of a first! Country Heritage Park in Milton, ON is hosting an Art-in-the-Park art show and sale on Sunday August 21, 2016, from 10 am - 5 pm. this is a juried art show and the deadline for application submissions is June 20, 2016. There are indoor and outdoor spots available and this is a rain or shine event. Information and applications are available at:


UPDATED INFO: OSA Annual General Meeting - June 4, 2016

It's that time of year again and Council is pleased to let you know the AGM will be held on June 4, 2016 at the Arts and Letters Club.

 To be held at Arts and Letters Club, Saturday June 4 in the 3rd floor Studio.

Light lunch starting at 11:30 am
Meeting commences @ 12:30 pm
Scheduled completion: 3:00 pm

Each year it is important that members of the OSA step up to participate as Directors at Large, Exhibition Organizers, and as Members of Council.  This year we will be looking to fill 4 vacancies on Council and we need your help. Nomination and volunteer forms are availble on our website for your use. Please  give me a call or e-mail me if you have any questions and I'll be happy to fill you in on what you might expect.

If you have any issues you wish to rasie at the AGM, drop our president, Larry Glazer, a line so we can look into including them in the agenda.

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Outdoor Painting Festival

An invitation from Valerie Kent:

We are having a plein air event - The Outdoor Painting Festival and are asking you to please let the members know - great prizes, great jurors, lovely venues. Your help in letting people know is so appreciated. www.cavanarts.ca

647 223 5531 October 1 & 2 in Cavan/Millbrook, ON 

Valerie Kent with thanks

Valerie Kent

Call for Artists - McMichael En Plein Air Competition

An invitation letter from McMichael Gallery:

On July 8, 1966, the McMichael Canadian Art Collection opened its doors to the public. Now, fifty years later, the gallery will mark this special anniversary on the weekend of July 9 and 10, 2016, with programming inviting the McMichael’s various communities to a Fab 50s! weekend-long, celebration. 

To celebrate its 50th anniversary, the gallery is inviting artists to participate in the McMichael En Plein Air competition in three medium categories: acrylic/oil – two-day competition (40 artists max.) drawing – one-day competition (20 artists max) and watercolor – one-day competition (20 artists max.)  Up to three artists from each category will be named First, Second & Third Prize winners through a jury comprised of the gallery’s curators, educators, and associate community artists.  A special People’s Choice Award will encourage visitors to participate and to choose their favourite work and artists are encouraged to compete for three Kleinburg Village Urban Scene Prizes awarded in each medium category.

Applicants are required to submit all of the following:
·      Letter of Interest
·      Artist Statement describing your current artistic practice and Artist Bio (300 word maximum)
·   CV detailing your training/education, exhibitions, reviews, awards/grants and related experience with full contact information including phone number, email address and postal address (2 pages maximum)
·      JPG images of recently completed work; 72 dpi, 1024 X 768 pixels, label image files with a number, your name and title of piece (ex. 01_JohnSmith_BirchTrees). 
Only email submissions will be considered. Include all documents and images as attachments (no zip files). The subject line of your submission must read “McMichael En Plein Air Competition.” Email submissions to artbattle@mcmichael.com by Wednesday, June 1, 2016, 5 pm.

Participants must be practicing artists, aged 18 years+, specializing in landscape and/or urban scene genre.
Please note that the McMichael’s grounds provide several fully accessible places and facilities. However, access to some areas is not wheelchair accessible.   
Only selected participants will be notified by June 15, 2016 through an email.
Please see the attached flyer to distribute to your partners and friends. 
The McMichael is looking forward to another great En Plein Air competition and we are excited to exhibit works by artists in our community.
Thank you best wishes.
Rachel D'Oliveira 
Art and Special Programs Coordinator 
McMichael Canadian Art Collection
10365 Islington Avenue
Kleinburg, ON L0J 1C0
tel: 905.893.1121  ext. 2216
fax: 905.893.0692 
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Call for Entry for OSA 2016 Emerging Artist Juried Exhibition

The OSA 2016 Emerging Artist Juried Exhibition is Open to the Public Now!


Who Will Emerge?


The exhibition will be at the Neilson Park Creative Center October 4th - 23rd. See the OSA Events & Exhibitions page for details.



Photos: 143rd Annual Open Juried Exhibition: Suspension + Motion





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Application for 2017 Membership


Are you an established Visual Artist residing in Ontario?

The application for OSA New Membership is now available here.

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The OSA's Next 12+ Months! Stay Tuned.

2015 & Future OSA Exhibitions & Events


  • OSA - 2016 Annual Open Juried Exhibition  April 5 - 29, 2016 Co-Chairs: Susan Clark & Chris Proctor
  • OSA Annual Field Trip to Killarney -  September 22-September 25, 2016 (Chair: John Pryce & Heidi Burkhardt)
  • OSA Members' Exhibition of Selected Works - PaperMill Gallery/TodMorden Mills - Oct.3 to Oct. 17, 2016 Co-Chairs: Andrew Sookrah & Janet Hendershot
  • OSA Emerging Artists Exhibition at Neilson Park Creative Centre, Etobicoke  Oct.3 to Oct.23, 2016 Co-Chairs: Clare Ross & Paria Shahverdi
  • OSA Members' 145th Anniversary Exhibition- Aurora Cultural Centre (Co-Chairs: TBA) Date: TBA-Summer - 2017

OSA in Killarney 2016

SpacerOSA asea!Killarney viewSpacerJanet HendershotAudra in the sunPeter Marsh & Maurice Snelgrove Charlie the Photographer!

Ask any OSA member who has been with the group to Killarney in September, and they will tell you it is blast!  Creatively! Socially! And Foodily! 

The OSA is going back to Killarney in 2016 (Sept. 22 - 25), and John Stuart Pryce and Heidi Burkhardt have kindly agreed again to co-coordinate this event again.  Start making your plans now. You won't regret it! Guaranteed!

Be sure to reserve your spot soon. Activities...Painting, drawing, photographing, talking, eating, drinking, sailing, canoeing, hiking, cycling and looking at each other's art!! There's time to sleep too!!!

 John Pryce writes: "Killarney Mountain Lodge will provide you with wonderful accomodation and meals. Here is the Lodge web site for your perusal:  www.killarney.com  Don't miss out on this memorable experience with fellow members and friends."

Be sure to contact Bonnie at the Lodge as soon as possible to book your 2016 accommodations as we have only have a limited number of rooms reserved. 


Contact information:  


Bonnie at Killarney Mountain Lodge www.killarney.com      

escape@killarney.com   705 287-2242



John Stuart Pryce,OSA 


416 804-5559                       

 or Heidi Burkhardt,OSA  heidirburkhardt@hotmail.com



Plein Air Painting in Tuscany with OSA artist, Sam Paonessa

De Serres Discount

Susan Clark, OSA member provided the following information on the discount for art associations at De Serres


Above Ground Art Supplies

10% discount to OSA members!Above Ground Art Supplies

  • Valid member card must be present at the time of purchase. Discounts cannot be combined with any other sale or offer and apply to regularly priced merchandise only. 
  • ID cards must include: customer’s name and/or photo AND must show a valid date/enrollment period.
  • Discounts will not be applied on transactions where the ID card is not present. The customer may return within 72 hours of the purchase with the valid member card AND the original receipt to have the initial transaction refunded and a new transaction processed with the 10% discount applied.




2015/2016 Executive & Council

President: Lawrence E. Glazer
Vice President:  Paria Shahverdi
Secretary: Marilena Isacescu Carlea
Treasurer: Mary Ng

Past President : Tony Vander Voet

Executive Council Members: 

Diana Bennett, Clare Ross, Jacqui Green, Kim Atkins, Carmel Brennan (Past President), Janet Hendershot (Past President), Gerald Sevier (Past President).

Membership Director: Janet Read

OSA Representative to the John B. Aird Gallery: Janet Hendershot (OSA Past President)

OSA Social Committee: Eva Kolacz

Website Management: Carmel Brennan & Peter Dusek

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