146th Open Juried Exhibition 2019

The Ontario Society of Artists (OSA) welcomes established artists living in Ontario to apply to participate in our 146th Annual Open Juried Exhibition of Fine Arts.

The selected art works will be on display at the John B. Aird Gallery from March 26, 2019 to April 26, 2019.  The Gallery is located at 900 Bay Street (at Wellesley), Macdonald Block, Toronto, ON M7A 1C2.

A Public Opening Reception and presentation of awards will be held on Thursday, March 28, 2019 at 6 pm. All are welcome to attend.

The submission deadline is January 15, 2019.

Please review the full terms of entry.

To apply, please visit our submission page.

We are excited to introduce you to our three Jurors:  Odon Wagner, David Liss, and Diana Bennett.

Odon Wagner – Owner of Odon Wagner Galleries, Toronto

Born in Hungary, Odon Wagner’s passion for fine art was nurtured as a student in the Academy of Applied Arts in Vienna where he graduated an Akademischer Konservator (Professional Conservator) after four years of training. His education led to work in the conservation departments of well regarded institutions such as the Louvre Museum in Paris, the Vienna Prehistoric Institute, and the Royal Ontario Museum in Toronto. In 1969, Odon established The Odon Wagner Gallery, Toronto’s premier gallery for historic art, specializing in 18th and 19th Century European paintings, as well as in work by Modern Masters. The gallery, which has also shown international contemporary work for over twenty years, has recently expanded; Odon Wagner Contemporary, on Davenport Road, spreads over 5000 square feet with two floors of exhibition space to showcase their collection of fine Canadian and International contemporary artists.

David Liss – Curator of Museum of Contemporary Art, Toronto

Coming from Montreal in 2000, David Liss saw an opportunity to bring a contemporary art museum to Canada’s largest city. As Director and Curator, he transformed the MOCCA (Museum of Canadian Contemporary Art ) into a juggernaut of the Toronto Art Scene. Liss engineered a move from North York to Toronto’s vibrant Queen West arts community in 2005. Today, David Liss, Curator Advisor of the Museum of Contemporary Art, has now seen his dream come true with the newly renovated dynamic space that is the permanent home of MOCA. At 55,000 square feet spread over five floors, the new facility is five times the size of its former Queen West location. Liss’s vision and the open mandate at the MOCCA, which he crafted, has cemented Toronto, and Canada’s status as a cultural centerpieces in the contemporary art world.

Diana Bennett – Artist, Designer, Story Teller, OSA member and past President

Diana Bennett, with a U of T Masters degree in Art History is also a former teacher and arts administrator who has worked to establish the role of the arts in Ontario throughout her long and distinguished career. A former senior executive with TVOntario and the Zoo, she has sat on a number of Boards including the University of Toronto Art Museum, the Toronto Arts Council/Foundation, Canada Publishing, the Toronto Stock Exchange, and in 2017 was president of the Ontario Society of Artists.
Diana works in both two dimensional and three dimensional works using fabric, thread, wire, glass, mirror, seeds, shellac flakes, stones, bones, photo transfer and resin. Her series and installations are autobiographical. She has been exhibiting over five decades with solo exhibitions in Ontario and Quebec at galleries such as Gallery O (Olga Korper), Baas, Albert White, Kerozene, Engine and Walnut Contemporary, and has works in private and public collections in Canada and the US.

Past President Tony Vander Voet

We are very sorry to write that OSA Past President Tony Vander Voet died on the evening of Sunday April 22 after a battle with cancer, with his family by his side.

We send our sincere condolences to his wife Susan McCrae and his family. Both Tony and Susan have been dedicated and active OSA members, supporting the work of the organization and artists everywhere. Together they chaired exhibitions, as recently as the 2017 Members Exhibition at the Carrier Gallery, wrote the members’ newsletter, generously mentored the Council, and of course Tony previously led council as President from 2013-2015. They often joined the OSA trips to Killarney in Georgian Bay and twice went to Dingle, Ireland, touring, painting and drawing. Tony always brought his genuine love of art and his appreciation for the different talents and skills of everyone. He always had an encouraging word and an insightful view of any situation. There is no question, he was loved and appreciated by all of us and we will miss him dearly for a very long time.
There will be no funeral according to Tony’s wish. A Celebration of his Life will be held in June.

CAPIC 2018 Double Vision Exhibition

Diana Harding Tucker, OSA and Ann Stanley are participants of the The Canadian Association of Professional Image Creators (CAPIC) Double Vision Exhibition 2018 taking place in the Papermill Gallery at the Todmorden Mills Heritage Site.

The opening takes place on April 5, 2018, from 6-10 p.m. The exhibition continues through April 15th, 2018.

Double Vision is an exhibition that pairs participating professional image creators across Canada by random draw and challenges them to create portraits of one another. The completed works are then exhibited side by side as a single submission.

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OSA Member E.B. Cox’ Sculptures

The OSA has received an invitation from Kathy Sutton – the daughter of OSA member E.B. Cox (1914-2003), widely accepted as the foremost Canadian sculptor in stone. In addition, her father was a member of the OSA-led group which lobbied the Ontario Government to create Killarney Park in the 1960s.

Two events will be held during September which will give us a chance to see his sculptures. All members of the OSA are encouraged to show their support for public art by attending one or both events.

Continue reading “OSA Member E.B. Cox’ Sculptures”

A Look at 2017 and Beyond

Here is a look at what the Ontario Society of Artists is planning for the upcoming year:

OSA Members’ 145th Anniversary Exhibition – May 11 – August 5 – 2017, Aurora Cultural Centre (Co-Chairs: Carmel Brennan & Clare Ross)

OSA Toronto Outdoor Art Exhibition  July 14-16, 2017, Nathan Phillips Square, Toronto

OSA Annual Field Trip to Killarney – September 2017 (Chair: John Pryce & Heidi Burkhardt)

OSA Members’ Exhibition of Selected Works – Carrier Gallery – November 2017 (Co-Chairs: Tony Vander Voet & Susan McCrae)

OSA New Members’ Exhibition – December 12 2017 – January 8, 2018 – John B. Aird Gallery (Co-Chairs: Lisa Murzin, Frances Patella, Dominique Prevost, & Bob Tunnoch)

2017 Executive and Council

The 2017 Executive and Council have been elected at the Annual General Meeting. Here is the list of positions:

President: Diana Bennett
1st Vice President: Clare Ross
2nd Vice President: Kim Atkins
Secretary: Marilena Isacescu Carlea
Treasurer: Lisa Murzin

Councillor: Janet Read – Membership Director
Councillor: Peter Dušek – Web Master
Councillor: Carmel Brennan – Past President
Councillor: Janet Hendershot – Past President
Councillor: Tony Vander Voet – Past President
Councillor: Lawrence Glazer – Past President
Councillor: Germinio Pio Politi – Past President
Councillor: Jacquie Green – Councillor At Large
Councillor: Joanna Turlej – Councillor At Large
Councillor: Pat Dumas-Hudecki – Councillor At Large
Councillor: Jasmine Hum – Councillor At Large
Councillor: Laura Culic – Councillor At Large