Clare Ross CONTACT Exhibition “Conversations with Nature”

You are invited!



A Scotiabank 2019 CONTACT Photo Festival Open Exhibition

Opening Reception
Thursday May 16th 7 – 9 pm

Art Space Connect Gallery
at the Neilson Park Creative Center
56 Neilson Drive, Etobicoke, M9C 1V7
Neilson Park Creative Centre


Gallery Hours:
Monday, Wednesday – Saturday 9:00 am to 4:00 pm
Tuesday 9:00am – 9:30pm
Sunday noon to 4:00 pm
or by chance

CLARE WILL BE IN THE GALLERY between May 14th and June 2nd
Tuesdays 3 pm – 7pm
Wednesdays – Saturdays noon – 4 pm
Except May 16th and June 30th

The Controversy around Photography as Art on Sunday May 26th at 2pm.
This talk is part of the official Neilson Park Speaker Series.
Everyone is welcome.

Click here for the gallery free parking and transit directions…/inform…/map-a-directions

is a photographic series of more than thirty images taken over the past two years. Several of the images in this series have been included in exclusive juried shows including “Elegy of an Anemone,” the winner of two Jurors’ awards.

In Conversations With Nature, Ross takes a close up look at natural forms that have died and fallen apart and she attempts to rebuild and record them in her studio.
About this series she writes, “I can never achieve the perfection that these plants achieved alone in the natural world, but instead they take on new physical forms and communicate a message about what happens when people’s immediate goals and desires impact negatively on nature.”
Ross pays unusual attention to colour, light and sculptural form. Printed on archival watercolour paper, every photograph is an artifact symbolically showing our opposing desires for both nature and comfort and the lengths we will go to recover what might destroy.

OSA Member Exhibition: L. E. Glazer: SALVAGE

I’m pleased to invite you to the current exhibition of my latest project “SALVAGE”on  Saturday May 11th from 1 – 3 pm. The collection will be on display through to May 31, 2019 at The Toronto Public Library, Northern District Branch Gallery,  40 Orchard View Blvd., Toronto.

Taking inspiration from urban fragments and salvaged objects, L. E. Glazer’s study of decaying structures, artifacts,  and replacement forms, has been used as the starting point for his current works of photographic image decomposition. In these new images, the dominant colour, scale, and perspective of distressed buildings and artifacts are deconstructed before re-assemblage as digital paintings according to the dominant chromatic range of the component parts.

The exhibition is open 7 days a week :
Monday to Friday: 9:00 am – 8:30 pm
Saturday: 9:00 am – 5:00 pm
Sunday: 1:30 pm – 5:00 pm

The exhibition can also be visited online at SALVAGE 
on the L. E. GLAZER website.

Hope you can make it!
L. E. Glazer

Janet Read: High Arctic Light: landscapes of consciousness

This weekend is the last chance to see OSA member Janet Read’s exhibition at The Gallery at LE Shore in Thornbury.

Janet Read
High Arctic Light: landscapes of consciousness
Opening: Saturday March 30th, 2-4 pm, artist present
Exhibition runs: Sat. March 30 – Sat. Apr.27, 2019
The Gallery at LE Shore,
173 Bruce St S,Thornbury, ON N0H 2P0(519)599-3681

My current body of work presents “landscapes of consciousness” from a month’s immersion in high Arctic geography. Paintings reference the artist’s “being” in the natural world and encounters with those for whom the high north is both wild and home. These paintings are reflective of my personal experience, always aware that indigenous voices must be heard to tell their own stories and history. My work tells the story of a visitor, a sojourner to a remote and sublime region of Canada.

The high arctic landscape compelled my imagination with its austerity, light, space, fragility and beauty. Wilding and cultivation go hand in hand in this delicately balanced environment. My work explores these dualities to raise awareness of this fragile and beautiful part of our country through explorations of light, earth and sea.

Read is a painter, musician and poet, who grew up near the shores of Lake Simcoe.

feature image (at the the post): “a music more than breath but less than the wind”, 60×48, oil on linen, 2018

the vernacular of light, 60×42, oil on linen, 2018 (above)


the vernacular of light #2, 60×42, oil on linen, 2018 (above)


2018 – 2019 OSA Biennial New Members Exhibition

Come out and welcome the new members to the OSA!

The OSA Biennial New Members Exhibition is a group show that showcases the superb artwork of artists inducted into the OSA in the previous two years.

The art in the show can be previewed online on the OSA Biennial New Members Exhibition page.


Neilson Park Creative Centre
56 Neilson Dr. Toronto

The opening reception is Saturday April 27th from 1 – 3pm.

The show runs until May 12 at

Gallery hours are:

Tuesday 9 am – 9:30 pm
Wed-Sat 9 am – 4 pm
Sunday noon – 4pm

News from Marianne Reim, OSA

OSA member Marianne Reim is pleased to announce that she has been accepted into the ARTEXPO Summer Rome:

ARTEXPO Summer Rome
Art Gallery Rome
Opening June 15, 2019, 6pm
Via Di Parione, (near Piazza Navona)
Rome, Italy

Great News from OSA Member Bob Tunnoch

Some exciting news from OSA member Bob Tunnoch:

Here are two paintings by Bob Tunnoch. The first one is called “Undercover, Amazon Horned Frog” oil on canvas 27″ x 35″. This painting won 1st award of excellence Best in Show from the SCA online international juried show. The second one was acquired by the Juno’s Art is Art for they’re permanent collection. It’s called “Species at Risk” oil on board 24″ x 30″.

In a gallery type setting a head pokes through a wall with a toad on his head. The person in the painting is drummer Sonnie Bernardi. Sonnie played with the bands Crowbar, The Guess Who etc. I consider musicians a species at risk because of downloading, lack of venues to play etc, On top of his head is an endangered Fowler’s toad. This is a Canadian species which is a risk. Have a great weekend.

” Omartian , Rebel without a Planet ”

If you are over 60 and have come to art later in life, read this!

We have received an intriguing message from OSA member Janice Mason Steeves:

If you are over 60 and have come to art later in life, I’d love to hear your story of that journey.

I’m an OSA member and I’m writing a book with the working title: IT’S ABOUT TIME: On Becoming an Artist Later in Life. I think it would be encouraging and inspiring to read about the journeys to art that others have taken.

Please email me at if you are interested in responding to my interview questions. I very much appreciate your willingness to share your journey.

Many thanks,