Artist Commons Art Show and Sale

The inaugural Artist Commons Art Show and Sale is on Thursday, February 21 to Sunday February 24, 2019, at the Withrow Common Art Gallery at Exhibition Place in Toronto.

OSA member and current president, Clare Ross, an accomplished photographer, is one of the participants.

For more information about this event, please visit the Gallery’s website.

Artist Commons Art Show and Sale
Artist Commons Art Show and Sale

Spring in Tuscany Art Vacation

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For complete details, click on the above link to open a PDF brochure.

This trip provides the ideal art vacation and creative holiday for artists and art lovers of any ability. Workshops in plein air painting and photography will offer individual guidance and inspiration, making this a unique learning experience.

Cost
$2500 double occupancy
$3500 single occupancy

Payment Schedule:
10% deposit is required by March 1.
Balance due by May 10.

  • Small group ‘plein air’ painting and photography workshops
  • Two guided day trips to Chianti, San Gimignano and Siena
  • Guided visit to the Uffizi Gallery in Florence
  • Guided walks to points of interest in Florence and Fiesole
  • Transfers between Florence and Fiesole
  • Accommodation
  • 2 nights at Villa Agape Art Hotel in Florence (June 1 & 2) www.villaagape.it/
  • 7 nights at Residence Fiesole in individual condo apartments (June 3 – 10) www.residencefiesole.com

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.

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.

ARTISTS MAY SUBMIT UP TO TWO IMAGES FOR ONE FEE
OF $47 FOR NON-MEMBERS AND $42 FOR OSA MEMBERS

**If you have two artworks, or multiple files to upload, remember to upload them all BEFORE you pay the PayPal Fee!

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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