The Passing of Diana Harding-Tucker, Past President and OSA Member

It is with heavy hearts we regretfully announce the passing of Diana Harding-Tucker. The Ontario Society of Artists would not have a 150th Anniversary Book – Breath. Heart. Spirit without the incredible work of Diana, along with her colleagues, Pat Dumas-Hudecki and Janet Read, who became our Book Trio. In addition, Diana was a driving force in all aspects of planning for our Anniversary year and for exhibiting her remarkable photographs for exhibitions. We are honoured to have had Diana as part of the OSA membership. We wish her family and friends our deepest condolences.

The Passing of Anne Dalton, OSA Member

We regretfully announce the passing of Anne Dalton. Anne loved perusing art museums, art galleries and live performances on a regular basis. Her taste in music was eclectic, which included soft jazz, classical and, more recently, the Italian composer Ludovico Einaudi, whom she discovered in Vancouver during one of his live performances. Anne played competitive tennis for 25 years at Kew Gardens Tennis Club and the Mayfair Club in Toronto. She enjoyed a good glass of Pinot Noir once in a while dining with friends and family. Cooking healthy food and keeping fit was always a priority as were her two furry felines. We are honoured to have had Anne as part of the OSA membership. We wish her family and friends our deepest condolences.

The Passing of Brigitte Schreyer, OSA Life Member


We regretfully announce the passing of Brigitte Schreyer. Artist, adventurer, actress, hairdresser, wife, and mother. Brigitte passed away peacefully in her home with her husband Klaus, and her two children, Carmen and Derek, by her side; Fred Astaire singing softly in the background. We are honoured to have had Brigitte as part of the OSA membership since 1990. We wish her family, friends and colleagues our deepest condolences.

The Passing of Canadian Artist, John Stuart Pryce, OSA


We regret to announce the passing of John Stuart Pryce. John was a long time OSA member, wonderful painter, teacher, and friend to many. Being a landscape painter, he took great pleasure helping to organize the OSA trips to Killarney each year. We are proud to have had John as part of the Ontario Society of Artists. We wish his family, friends, and colleagues our sincerest condolences.

The Passing of OSA Member, Krystyna Cseh

It is with great sadness we announce the passing of Krystyna Cseh, a life member of the OSA. Krystyna was an artist, teacher, an environmentalist, traveler and free spirit. We are proud to have had Krystyna as a part of our membership for so many years. We wish her sister, Eva Kolacz, and her entire family, friends, and colleagues our deepest condolences.

Krystyna Cseh (née Brudek)
January 6, 1950 – December 3, 2021
Artist, member of Ontario Society of Artists, teacher, environmentalist, traveler and free spirit.

For Krystyna:

Holding a plush blue bear, she sings a lullaby
“I had known you,” her eyes say
The white camellia in her dark hair
like a silent spell, breathing.
The glimmer of sunshine has flown toward her
like a dragonfly landing on her skirt,
she tries to pick it up
on her way to the sky…

Eva Kolacz

You will always be in our hearts mom, grandmother, sister and aunt.

The Passing of Canadian Artist Mary Wright, OSA

Mary Wright, great Canadian Artist and member of the Ontario Society of Artists since 1989, passed away on December 19, 2021. It is with heavy hearts that we say farewell and thank you. Here we have included the obituary honouring her memory. We are proud to have had Mary as a member of our society for so many years. We wish her friends, colleagues, and family our sincere condolences.

A Statement on Anti-Racism by the Ontario Society of Artists

We recognize that we have a responsibility to improve our support to artists of all cultures. We have a membership filled with excellent artists who volunteer regularly to help support art and artists across Ontario. For the past four years we have been actively reflecting on where we have been, where we are and where we must go as an organization. We recognize that we need to improve the way we reach out to support and represent artists across all of Ontario. Our membership has grown in diversity and includes people of colour but we do not yet reflect the diversity in the population of Ontario. We recognize how our practices have led us to this point; we have been making corrections and we will continue to do so.

Over the past four years we have:

  1. moved from a Toronto-centric and largely in-person gallery setting to a more accessible and province-wide hybrid digital and in-person gallery setting
  2. reached out across the province by adding Northern, Western and Eastern Member Hubs 
  3. developed our methodology for accepting new members by implementing specific jurying parameters and careful voting proceedures
  4. introduced digital submission and jurying proceedures in order to allow everyone to participate regardless of their location or schedule

We will work to prevent racism and bias with:

  1. improved practices
  2. multicultural art history education
  3. curation 

We pledge to continue to help develop a healthy culture within our society. We welcome direction from you; we are listening to you, and we welcome you.

We can be reached at info@ontariosocietyofartists.org

Sincerely,

Kim Atkins, Vice President

Clare Ross, President 

OSA at The Artist Project 2020

Angela Chao, OSA has kindly made this video about members of the Ontario Society of Artists at the Artist Project Contemporary Art Fair 2020. Enjoy!

OSA at the Artist Project 2020