Jean Eng, OSA, in the Archives of Ontario’s Newest Exhibit

Jean Eng’s painting “Bonsai Minute” is included in “Animalia” an exhibition of animals in the Archives of Ontario. The show currently runs indefinitely— at least until 2021. The Archives of Ontario’s newest exhibit explores our changing relationships with other animals and how these species have left their mark on Ontario’s history.

Helen McClung Exhibit Area
Archives of Ontario
134 Ian Macdonald Blvd.
Toronto, Ontario  M7A 2C5
416-327-1600
reference@ontario.ca

Hours: Mon, Wed, Fri: 8:30-5/ Tues, Thur: 8:30-8/  Sat: 10-4

Image Featured Here: “Bonsai Minute” – Acrylic on canvas, 48 x 48″ by Jean Eng.

12 OSA Artists show Expressions of Landscape

Expressions of Landscape

Featuring OSA Members: Cheryl Bailey, Diana Bennett, Carole Edwards, Cesar Forero, L.E. Glazer, Janet Hendershot, Lisa Murzin, Frances Patella, Dominique Prevost, Clare Ross, Quan Steele, and Steve Wilson

January 15th to February 14th at the Assembly Hall,
1 Colonel Samuel Smith Park Drive, Etobicoke.

Opening Reception is Thursday January 17th from 7-9pmGallery Hours: Weekdays: 12 -5pm Saturday 10am- 1pm

Geoffrey Armstrong, OSA Obituary

Geoffrey Armstrong, an OSA Member since 1972, passed away this past summer at the age of 90.
His work is widely collected and is held in many collections including the Art Gallery of Windsor, the City of North Bay, RBC Dominion Securities Ltd., Esso Resources Canada Ltd., Hudson’s Bay Company, Toronto, The National Club, Toronto, Royal Bank of Canada, University of New Brunswick, Art Gallery of St. Thomas-Elgin, Peel Regional Art Gallery, among others.
Here is the obituary published in The Globe and Mail on July 28, 2018
GEOFFREY ARMSTRONG David Geoffrey Scott Armstrong died peacefully in Toronto, on July 22, 2018 at the age of 90. Geoff is survived by his wife, Barbara Hyland; his children, Gail and Chris (Trish); stepsons, Mark (Carolyn) and Patrick (Gillian) Hyland; son-in-law, John Krizanc; and was predeceased by his brother, Gordon; and daughter, Carolyn Jane. He leaves behind his brother, Phillip (Mary); and grandchildren, Alexandra, Stephan, Alex, Imogen, Tait, Calla and Henry (who will all miss his napkin sculptures and painting lessons); and five great-grandchildren. As a father, Geoff was an effortless creator of magic, beauty and fun. He made summers in the country a time of great wonder and glee. Born in Toronto, Geoff attended Upper Canada College and after graduating in architecture from the University of Toronto he went on to apprentice in Boston and in London, England. There, he met his first wife, Joan Alice Howes. Returning to Toronto, Geoff partnered with David Molesworth to create a niche architectural firm, Armstrong Molesworth Shepherd, dedicated to building unique cottages and country properties that sought to bring clients and their families closer to nature and in so doing, each other. In spite of a busy practice, Geoff maintained a second career as a landscape artist with biannual shows at Toronto’s Roberts Gallery and was an active member of the Royal Canadian Academy, the SCA, OSA and the Arts and Letters Club. Whether in the Arctic, the Queen Charlotte Islands, or the granite majesty of his beloved Georgian Bay, Geoff found deep communion in nature, and rendered it with a deft and reverent brush. His work is held in numerous private collections and museums. In 1994, Geoff was delighted to begin his second act, with marriage to Barbara Ann Hyland. The two discovered Vieques, an island off the coast of Puerto Rico. There, they spent more than 20 winters at Trilogy, a house whose architecture he admired, but also immediately set about improving. He delighted in building orchid trails and spent hours happily rearranging nature to suit his vision. The vibrant colours of the Caribbean asserted themselves in his later paintings and soon he saw pastels in even the gloomiest of Canada’s rocky shores. Geoff was a man of great vitality and optimism, forever creating new spaces and tearing down walls to let in the sun. His was a rare and charmed life, that touched the hearts of all he met. He lived simply and loved generously. Geoff’s recent years were made richer by the loving care of Tessie Orcino, Maria Victoria Pilac, Amante Batoon and Leah Tubon. Many thanks as well to the wonderful staff at Belmont House, including Reallyn and Marlaw, Leo and Tina. In lieu of flowers, donations to the Belmont House Foundation (www.BelmontHouse.com) or the Krembil Neuroscience Institute (www.uhn.ca/KNC) would be gratefully received. A celebration of his life will be held on September 16th from 3:30-5:30 p.m. at the Toronto Lawn Tennis Club, 44 Price St.

Congratulations to Stuart Blower! 1st Honourable Mention

CONGRATULATIONS!
to Stuart Blower who recieved 1st Honourable Mention from Juror Darrin Martens at our recent Members’ Exhibition of Selected Works for his photograph “Survivors” 2018 Photograph by Stuart Blower

Artist Statement:
The sheer spectacle of these pine trees growing from a crevice in solid granite rock at Bon Echo Provincial Park for 200 years is a testimony to natures endurance and will to survive.
STUART BLOWER, OSA – 2018.

Travelling Mercies: Janet Read Solo Exhibition

Everyone is invited to Janet Read’s new solo exhibition of recent work generated by her travels in China, and the UK.

Location:  Propeller Gallery, 30 Abell Street, Toronto, ON

Dates: October 17 to November 4,  2018

Janet Read, "Dawn Rise", 40'x 40", oil and cold wax on birch panel
Janet Read, “Dawn Rise”, 40’x 40″, oil and cold wax on birch panel

In the artist’s words:

“Travelling Mercies” is the title of a show of work from journeys I have taken in the past five years.  I went to China in 2014 and was astounded by the scale of the country, the vast space and numerous people. A series of small works on vellum resulted incorporating motifs in abstract format from that experience.  Travels to Tobermory, and the north and south shores of the St. Lawrence inspired new variations in my fascination with the narrative of water and light, mist and fog.

My work is a contemplative response to the natural world in an action of painterly invention and metaphor.  Rich, saturated colour and loose form inhabit these paintings.