Ontario Society of Artists


The 145th OSA Anniversary Exhibition MOSAIC is opening SOON!!!! 

Please join us for the opening reception

 at the Aurora Cultural Centre on May 13, 2017, 1-4pm.

MOSAIC evite


Media Release for MOSAIC here.                                                                                          

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April 2017 Newsletter

The OSA's Next 12 Months!

2017 and Future OSA Exhibitions & Events 

2017 Annual Open Juried Exhibition - April, 2017 (Co-Chairs: Janet Hendershot & Sue Ennis) COMPLETE
OSA Members' 145th Anniversary Exhibition May 11 - August 5 - 2017, Aurora Cultural Centre (Co-Chairs: Carmel Brennan & Clare Ross) OPENING SOON!
OSA Annual General Meeting - June 4, 2017, Arts & Letters Club 
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 - John B. Aird Gallery - December 

Welcome New Members of 2017

We are happy to announce that ten artists have been juried in as new members of the OSA. Every year applications for membership are open in the fall and our executive select finalists and then our members vote. It is a rigorous process, and this year we are welcoming ten artists into the OSA. They are Gill Cameron, Clement Cheng, Kaitlyn Mason, Sally Martin, Karen Taylor, Rayne Tunley, Bob Tunnoch, Evelyn Rapin, Radek Vizina, and Fan Zhang. Congratulations to you all!


John Bennett, OSA (1919-2017)

It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of our cherished and long time member John Bennett on April 17, 2017. John was elected to the Ontario Society of Artists in 1951. An inspiration to us all for his long active life. He will be missed. 


Diana and her father, John Bennett

 Diana Bennett,OSA and her father John Bennett,OSA  in 2015



Elora en Plein Air Festival

The Elora Arts Council is hosting the 2nd year of the Elora en Plein Air - Grand River Painting Festival May 18th to May 21st.


All details, including registration, rules and events are available on their website: www.elorapleinair.ca


Here is the event description:


We welcome artists from far and wide to our 4 day art competition. This painting festival showcases the cultural heritage and charm of the village of Elora and town of Fergus and beautiful natural settings of the river gorges and rural vistas of Grand River country.


During the competition, come rain or shine, artists from the U.S. and Canada will be painting around the communities to capture the charming heritage buildings, historic neighbourhoods, breathtaking river and gorge vistas, rolling hillsides and picturesque farms of our uniquely beautiful region.


The competition will culminate in a show and sale of paintings. This is an open show of paintings produced during the festival with 1st, 2nd and 3rd place awards of $1000, $500 and $300 respectively. There is also a $200 People’s choice award.



Call for Artists - ASSC Alberta - ‘Celebrating Canadian Art’

Art Society of Strathcona County

Fall Show – ‘Celebrating Canadian Art’

October 13 to 22, 2017

To honour Canada’s 150th Birthday ASSC is calling for submissions Canada wide, for a Juried Exhibit in Alberta. Over $5,000 in prizes. Entry deadline, July 28, 2017.

Information and Registration www.artstrathcona.com


The Salt Spring National Art Prize

The Salt Spring National Art Prize (SSNAP) is launching its second national juried competition of Canadian visual art.

The intent of SSNAP is to encourage artists whose practice demonstrates originality, quality, integrity and creativity—resulting in significant work with visual impact and depth of meaning.

Guidelines and submission details to be found on The Salt Spring National Art Prize website.

Salt Spring National Art Prize

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.




2016/2017 Executive & Council

President: Lawrence E. Glazer
Vice President:  Kim Atkins
Secretary: Marilena Isacescu Carlea
Treasurer: Lisa Murzin

Past President: Tony Vander Voet

Executive Council Members: 

Diana Bennett, Clare Ross, Jacqui Green, Kim Atkins, Carmel Brennan (Past President), Janet Hendershot (Past President) and Joanna Turlej.

Membership Director: Janet Read

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

OSA Social Committee: Eva Kolacz

Website Management:  Peter Dusek

OSA Killarney 2016

Everyone who came -- OSA members, guests, and family members -- had a fantastic time painting, drawing, photographing, hiking, socializing, and eating at Killarney in Septeber of 2016.

We will be going back next year in September of 2017! Stay tuned for details.


Members' Exhibition of Selected Works 2016

The selection of art, in all media, at the Members' Exhibition of Selected Works was exquisite. Below are scenes from the opening exhibition, which took place on October 6, 2016.


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