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.
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.
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.
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…
You will always be in our hearts mom, grandmother, sister and aunt.
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.
We have opened the applications for the 2021 OSA membership. Click the link to go to the application page.
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:
- 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
- reached out across the province by adding Northern, Western and Eastern Member Hubs
- developed our methodology for accepting new members by implementing specific jurying parameters and careful voting proceedures
- 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:
- improved practices
- multicultural art history education
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
Kim Atkins, Vice President
Clare Ross, President
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!
Introducing – the OSA Scavenger Hunt! The game you can play from home. Just find a work of art done by an OSA artist and post it in the comments on Facebook (see Facebook link below) or Instagram (coming soon)! We will repost all over social media. Let’s see how many OSA works of art we can get online. Let’s see who our most prolific players are!
OSA members are invited to submit their work to our first OSA Northern Hub Exhibition at the Temiskaming Public Art Gallery.
The Entry Deadline is January 22, 2020.
Exhibition Dates are March 16 – April 24
Delivery of Work Deadline – March 10th
The Opening Reception is Saturday March 28th
There is no fee to apply and accepted artists will receive an exhibition fee based on Carfac Fees.
For full details and to enter, go to the OSA Northern Hub Exhibition Call for Entry page.
Tomorrow’s (December 1) General Meeting and New Member Voting has been cancelled to the winter storm forecast for Toronto. We will let the membership know what alternative arrangements will be made soon. Stay in and stay warm!