Standing Up for Ontario’s Old Growth Forest

An Exhibition of works created in Ontario’s Old Growth Forest to bring greater awareness to its contribution and importance to a healthy planet.

Come join us for some interesting presentations and good food.

‘Standing Up for Ontario’s Old Growth Forest’ is an Exhibition by 16 OSA artists who traveled to Temagami and Kirkland Lake to work on-site and then return to their studios to complete the process.  The Exhibition will take you from the forests to completed art work.  This Project is part of the 150th Celebration of the OSA.

The hope is to create greater awareness of the importance of forests and their contribution to the health of the planet.

Presentations begin at 2 p.m.

Hope to see you there.

Janet Hendershot
Standing Up for Ontario’s Old Growth Forest

Arts & Letters Club
14 Elm St., Toronto

Opening: October 2, 1 to 4pm
Presentations: 2pm

BOOK SIGNING of the Breath. Heart. Spirit. Anniversary book

To view the exhibition through October, please make an appointment. email


  • Kim Atkins
  • Josy Britton
  • Heidi Burkhardt
  • Gill Cameron
  • Sharron Corrigan Forrest
  • Peter Dušek
  • Cesar Forero
  • Marina Hanacek
  • Janet Hendershot
  • Lisa Murzin
  • Frances Patella
  • Dominique Prévost
  • Clare Ross
  • Barb Simmons
  • Quan Steele
  • Dermot Wilson

Call for Entry: Ambient Landscapes at the Art Gallery of Northumberland

The Ontario Society of Artists (OSA) and the Art Gallery of Northumberland (AGN) invite you to take part in an exhibition titled Ambient Landscapes with the themes of “Breath. Heart. Spirit.” This exhibition celebrating the 150th Anniversary of the OSA, will include about 40 artworks featured in the main gallery of the AGN.

The exhibition will be curated by Anne Cavanagh, OSA and Olinda Casimiro, Executive Director, AGN. To submit to the call, please deliver your work and a completed entry form to the AGN on Saturday, May 28, 2022, 12 Noon to 4:00 p.m.

Click here for:
AGN Rules and Regulations
AGN Artist Form

  • No submission fee.
  • There is no limit on the date of creation of your art work.
  • Artworks in the show will be professionally photographed and an exhibition catalogue will be designed and produced by the OSA.
  • AGN staff will direct sales to the artists.

We are very excited by this opportunity for the OSA to have a 150th Anniversary exhibition at the AGN, about 1h 15 min east of downtown Toronto and encourage everyone to submit works.


Art Gallery of Northumberland

Victoria Hall, West Wing, Third Floor
55 King Street West
Cobourg, Ontario | K9A 2M2

OSA Member Call for Entry – Breath. Heart. Spirit. Lieutenant Governor of Ontario Exhibition

Entries for this exhibition are now closed.

Office of the Lieutenant Governor of Ontario
Toronto, Ontario M7A 1A1

Important Dates


Exhibition dates: September 2022 – April 1, 2023 (TBC)

Dropoff date: Drop-off date will be determined (likely end of August)
Opening Launch: September 2022 (TBC)
Questions?     Contact Carmel Brennan

Exhibition Details

Artists from the Ontario Society of Artists are invited to take part in an exhibition titled “Breath. Heart. Spirit.” celebrating their 150-year history, to be hosted by the Office of the Lieutenant Governor of Ontario at Queen’s Park, Toronto. The exhibition will include approximately 30 installed artworks on the main floor of the Suite as well as a digital slideshow of the additional submissions. Works from OSA members from various regions of Ontario will be on display, representing diverse backgrounds and cultures across this province.

This is the Final Exhibition for our 150th Anniversary Year. Its theme follows our year-long theme: Breath. Heart. Spirit.

Nature as Breath
Courage to create from the Heart
A Spirit of innovation in contemporary artwork

OSA Member Call for Entry – Conversations: the OSA 150 Years

Submission Deadline: March 28, 2022.

Submissions are now closed.

Orillia Museum of Art and History
30 Peter St S, Orillia, ON, L3V 5A9

Important Dates


Exhibition dates: July 23 – September 24, 2022
Note: online exhibition may be extended/TBC

Dropoff date at Orillia Museum of Art and History: Monday July 18, 2022
Opening Reception: Saturday July 23, 2022 
Artist talks: Saturday July 23, 2022 
Pick up date: Monday September 26, 2022 (insurance coverage to this date only) 
Questions?     Contact Janet Read at 

Exhibition Details

This members’ call for submissions references the OSA’s rich history of notable artists, inviting dialogue from current members with works of the past. Subject matter, technique, media, intention and socio-political context can be referenced, challenged, paid homage to, or reformulated in contemporary terms.

This call challenges our current members to choose an historic work, from 1872 right up to the present (perhaps a dialogue with a fellow artist) to create a work that speaks with the earlier or contemporary work. 

Interrogate. Re-invent, imitate, and/or juxtapose your work with your source material.
Transform. Could a painting become a sculpture, abstracted, imitated, turned into an installation, photography, textile art or a video?
Reformulate. Could paintings of the iconic Canadian “wilderness” be decolonized,  with a contemporary awareness of the myth of terra nulla that prompted them.
Relate. How do current members of the OSA reflect, refine, reference and reconfigure the work of members through our long 150 year history? 

Sources for your choice could include the Ontario Government Art Collection, the National Gallery, the Robert McLaughlin, Hamilton, Winnipeg, Vancouver, Homer Watson House galleries as well as Museum London. These institutions have a variety of works from OSA artists from the 19th c. to the present visible online.

Our anniversary book, Breath. Heart. Spirit. The OSA 150 Years, draws significantly on these collections and you might find inspiration in the book available in the new year. 

OMAH’s annual Carmichael Landscape Exhibition invites this type of dialogue with the statement of theme below. Many of our members have been successful participants in this exhibition.

Below are some examples of this approach.

The Carmichael Canadian Landscape Exhibition: Tradition Transformed was created in recognition of Group of Seven member, Franklin Carmichael, who was born in Orillia. Now in its 19th year, this juried show calls on artists from across the country to submit work that embraces, challenges, comments, critiques, echoes, challenges, re-works or strengthens images, perceptions and interpretations of Canadian landscape through the artist’s chosen medium. Heavily rooted in Carmichael’s beliefs on traditionalism and classical modes of artistic expression, Carmichael himself was very much invested in contemporary artistic styles having been inspired by his native Canadian surroundings.

The following links might also be of interest:

Pat Steir’s painting on this page references her sources, Pat Steir, The Wave – From the Sea – After Leonardo, Hokusai and Courbet  1985

Pat Steir at the Tate

David Hockney consistently referenced Italian paintings.

David Hockney

Modern Conversations at St. Ives juxtaposes historic works from the collection with contemporary art works.

Tate Museum: Modern Conversations

Jill Price’s recent exhibition at OMAH references items within the OMAH collection. 

Jill Price: Unfurled

Art Call: Mississauga Festival of Trees


I’m delighted to share with you a new Call for Entry for CreativeHub 1352’s first annual Mississauga Festival of Trees. We’re inviting artists and artist collectives/groups to submit proposals for temporary Tree and Wood Piling Art Installations to be presented at the Small Arms Inspection Building as part of the Festival in December, 2021.

I’ve attached to this email an info sheet on the Calls for Entry, as well as a promo image for you to use. More information, as well as the application form, is available here:

 We would greatly appreciate it if you could help spread the word!

All the best,

Meredith Wood

Project Manager – Digital Specialist
CreativeHub 1352
connect | collaborate | create

Call for Entry: Breath. Heart. Spirit.

The Ontario Society of Artists welcomes OSA Members to participate in first exhibition of the OSA 150th anniversary celebration year. The theme for this exhibition and for the anniversary year is “Breath. Heart. Spirit.”

This year the kick-off for our anniversary will be celebrated at the Glenhyrst Art Gallery of Brant in Brantford, Ontario. We plan to present and launch the 150th Anniversary Book titled “Breath. Heart. Spirit.” to recognize the theme for the anniversary year. At the time of this call there is no plan in place for a formal opening because of Covid-19 protocols and measures.

Click here for full details and to apply.

OSA 148th Open Juried Exhibition

Enter The Exhibition

Click the above link to enter and view the exhibition in 3D.

Online Show + Downloadable Catalogue
May 10, 8pm – May 30, 2021

YouTube Livestream Opening
Thursday, May 13, 2021, 8-8:30 pm ET
Join us for a chance to win a $250 door prize toward an art purchase from one of the participating artists.

The annual Open Juried Exhibition is a showcase of art from across Canada. There is no set theme to this exhibit, it exists to celebrate and promote outstanding emerging and established Canadian visual art and artists.

For many, the pandemic has shaped their art for the last year. For some, it has caused a reexamination of their lives and art practices, for others a complete change of direction, some creators experimenting with new forms of art.

While the event remains in the virtual world for pandemic safety, the artworks exist in real life. Many of the works are for sale, details are listed on both the panel in the exhibit, and in the catalogue. Even if the work is Not for Sale (marked NFS), we encourage viewers to link through to artists’ sites to explore more of their work. If you like what you see, never hesitate to ask an artist about creating a commissioned piece.

Founded in 1872, the Ontario Society of Artists is Canada’s longest continuing art society. For 148 years, this exhibit has featured the work of hundreds of fine artists, many of whom have been and continue to be the cornerstones of Canada’s art world.