Margaret Stawicki, OSA Member: N3XT National Art Competition

I am very happy that jurors accepted my paintings, “Canadian Faces,” into such a prestigious N3XT Art Competition. 
These portraits represent Canadians and many immigrants, including myself. We all come from different backgrounds and carry different psychological loads. In the series of four paintings I show close ups of different but, in a way, similar faces. Similar, as we are all Canadians. Different, as each has an individual personality. Each one wears a symbolic eye mask as a suggesting unity, but at the same time keeping their heritage. 

Margaret Stawicki
https://www.margaretstawicki.com

Janet Read OSA: Jurors’ Prize winner at the Carmichael Landscape Exhibition

Janet Read OSA is the recipient of the Jurors’ Prize in the Carmichael Landscape Exhibition: Tradition Transformed at the Orillia Museum of Art and History. The show continues to January 17, 2021.

Janet Read, “High Arctic: Dark Horizon #1”, charcoal on arches paper drawing using loose charcoal powder.

Below is a copy of the Museum’s official announcement on Instagram:

“Awards season continues at OMAH with the announcement of the Carmichael Canadian Landscape Exhibition: Tradition Transformed Jurors’ Prize. The Jurors’ Prize is awarded to an artist who best exemplifies the qualities that Franklin Carmichael found ideal, that is, incorporating diversity in their work and remaining sophisticated in their depictions of the various landscapes in our geography. The recipient of this award should visibly be embracing, challenging or addressing existing approaches to Canadian landscapes.

This year’s Jurors’ Prize recipient is @janetreadvisualartist for High Arctic: dark horizon #1. Janet Read is a painter, musician, and poet, who grew up near the shores of Lake Simcoe. The artist has sought the water’s edge ever since. Read was born and educated in Toronto. Her settler roots go back to the Ottawa Valley via Belfast and County Wexford in Ireland. Perhaps this explains a fondness for fiddle music, poetry and the sea. The jurors found this piece to be very meditative and they enjoyed the simplicity of the marks on paper, while still maintaining a hint of the landscape with the horizon line. “

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Janet Read’s Jurors’ Prize winner hanging in the Orillia Museum of Art and History

Peter Dušek: N3XT National Art Competition

Peter Dušek, OSA has been juried into N3XT, the prestigious National Art Competition at the Arts & Letters Club in Toronto.

Cattails in Red, Lake of Bays, Ontario, Canada, 2020

His piece, “Cattails in Red”, 36 x 56 inches, hangs at the historic Arts and Letters Club of Toronto. The theme this year is Canadian Unity. Peter writes:

“A field of cattails in red meander along a snow-covered lake. A state of balance is formed between the negative space of the lake and the positive space of the cattails. Each cattail symbolizes an individual, and when considered as a whole, shows unity and strength that comes from people — Canadians — working together toward the same goal of fulfilled lives of balance and contentment.”

The N3XT exhibit will be held at the Arts & Letters Club from Thursday, December 19, 2020 to Wednesday, January 6, 2021. The winners of the exhibition will be announced on December 17, at an online virtual gala and awards presentation originating from the Arts & Letters Club.

The N3XT exhibition at the Arts & Letters Club will be accessible by appointment by limited groups after Toronto’s COVID-19 lockdown ends on December 19th. A virtual gallery of all N3XT finalists is hosted online.


OSA member, Sue Miller, featured in December/January edition of International Artist Magazine

Sue Miller OSA SCA AFCA has a painting demonstration featured in the December 2020/January 2021 issue of International Artist Magazine(#136). This article shows Miller’s step-by-step painting process from beginning to end of an interior scene (selecting reference photos, canvas preparation, materials used, through to the finished painting). 
Have a look at InternationalArtist.com.

Diana Harding-Tucker: 3 Artworks Juried into N3XT

DIANA HARDING-TUCKER, OSA and the N3XT 2020 National Juried Art Competition

OSA artist and photographer Diana Harding-Tucker has three artworks: I am Canadian; Dance of the Reeds; and Approach of Winter, juried into the prestigious exhibition, N3XT, a National Art Competition at the Arts & Letters Club in Toronto.

APPROACH OF WINTER – Pigment Print, Pastels on Hahnemuhle rag paper 45” x 22”

Approach of Winter: In October, the water on Brome Lake Québec begins to congeal to ice, trapping all the Maple leaves below. But two Red Maple leaves still float atop the water, supported by surface tension, defying gravity, aflame with the fire of Life – a symbol of the strength, resilience, compassion and humility uniting Canadians in the face of adversity during the Covid 19 pandemic.

The N3xt theme poses the questions: What is unity in Canada? Can we be truly unified? How can unity, or the desire for it, be expressed? I look forward to all the interesting creativity that will be displayed at the coming 2020 exhibition!

The N3XT exhibit will be held at the Arts & Letters Club from Thursday, November 19 to Friday, December 18, 2020. The exhibition at the Arts & Letters Club will be accessible by small groups with a prearranged appointment, following Covid19 protocols (info@n3xt.ca). This exhibition will also be held online.

Elora Sculpture Project

The Elora Sculpture Project is an outdoor public art exhibition that runs from May through October in key locations within the towns of Elora & Fergus, Ontario’s newest most vibrant tourist destination. Put your sculpture at the centre of this fabulous summer scene.

The deadline for submitting your work to be considered for the 2021 Elora Sculpture Project is January 16.  

Please go to elorasculpture.ca for all the details.

Sheila Davis Has Two Pieces in N3XT Canada

We are pleased to announce that Sheila Davis, OSA has two pieces accepted into the N3XT National Arts Competition, held by the Arts & Letters Club in Toronto.

The N3XT exhibit will be held at the Arts & Letters Club from Thursday, November 19 to Friday, December 18, 2020. On Thursday, November 19, N3XT finalists and awards will be publicly announced during a virtual gala and awards presentation originating from the Arts & Letters Club.

The N3XT exhibition at the Arts & Letters Club will be accessible by limited groups and by appointment only. A virtual gallery of all N3XT finalists will be hosted online.

Sheila Davis - 'Airborne'.  48x60  oil on panel
Sheila Davis – ‘Airborne’. 48×60 oil on panel
Sheila Davis - ‘poetic license‘ 48x48 oil on panel
Sheila Davis – ‘poetic license‘ 48×48 oil on panel

Susan Clark, OSA in N3XT National Art Competition

OSA artist, painter Susan Clark will have a piece, Elevate, accepted in the prestigious N3XT National Art Competition at the Arts & Letters Club in Toronto. The theme this year is Canadian Unity.

Elevate - oil on canvas - 40" x 40"
Elevate – oil on canvas – 40″ x 40″

Susan writes:

To achieve unity we have to see between the positives and the negatives, the shades of colour, the parting or the clearing.

The sameness of all, the individuals in us and the facades we carry.

We need not to segregate in our own cultures and communities, our safe zones. It’s not just what you take from a country, but what you give.

A love to be a part of and a passion for what we have.

The N3XT exhibit will be held at the Arts & Letters Club from Thursday, November 19 to Friday, December 18, 2020. On Thursday, November 19, N3XT finalists and awards will be publicly announced during a virtual gala and awards presentation originating from the Arts & Letters Club.

The N3XT exhibition at the Arts & Letters Club will be accessible by limited groups and by appointment only. A virtual gallery of all N3XT finalists will be hosted online.

FCA Toronto: new Call for Entry

FCA Toronto is a new chapter of the Federation of Canadian Artists formed last year by OSA member Alan Douglas Ray. FCA Toronto’s mission is to offer exhibition, education, and networking opportunities to FCA member artists, to promote their artwork; and to advance the knowledge and appreciation of art and culture in our area. FCA Toronto currently has 61 artists associated with it, many based outside of the GTA. Several artists are members of the OSA as well.

FCA Toronto is hosting its first annual Open National Juried Exhibition, December 1st to December 31st, 2020. This will be an online exhibition open to all artists who are Canadian residents and living anywhere in Canada. Artists do not need to be affiliated with FCA Toronto to submit an entry.

Deadline for Submissions is November 16, 2020.

The details can be found on FCA Toronto’s Call for Entry page.

To start the submission process, click the exhibition banner image below or this link to our submissions page on the FCA website.

FCA Toronto 2020 Open Juried Exhibition

2020 Members’ Exhibition of Selected Works

The 2020 Members’ Exhibition of Selected Works is the primary annual OSA exhibition. Our new exhibition is now live online until October 31st. Please visit this link or click the image below.

PARTICIPATING ARTISTS:  Alan Douglas Ray, Barbara Sohn, Carmel Brennan, Carole Finn, Cathy Groulx, Cesar Forero, Charline Gardhouse, Cher Pruys, Cheryl Bailey, Christine Proctor, Clara Laratta, Clare Ross, Clement Cheng, Dayna Law, Debra Archibald, Dianna Bennett, Diana Harding-Tucker, Dominique Prevost, Edith Fullerton, Elizabeth Elkin, Erin Fitzgibbon, Ernestine Tahedi, Eva Kolacz, Evelyn Rapin, Frances Patella, Frank Rodick, Gill Cameron, Giuseppe Pivetta, Heather Grindley, Heather Laws, Helena Kwon, Ian Mackenzie, Janet Baker, Janet Hendershot, Jangmee Park, Jaya Datta, Joanna Turlej, John Ashbourne, Joseph Muscat, Josy Britton, Judy Finch, Julia Hacker, Karen Taylor, Kate Taylor, Kathy Haycock, Kim Atkins, Krystyna Cseh, Lawrence Glazer, Lee Munn, Liane Bedard, Lillian Michiko Blakey, Linda Finn, Lisa Martin-Dunk, Lori Ryerson, Lynden Cowan, Margaret Pardy, Margaret Stawicki, Marilena Isacescu Carlea, Marissa Sweet, Mary Ellen Farrow, Mary Ng, Mary Pavey, Maya Foltyn, Michael Walker, Micheal Zarowsky, Min Kim, Mirka Hattula, Nancy Calder, Nancy R. Chalut, Pat Dumas-Hudecki, Peter Kashur, Peter Wirun, Quan Steele, Reina Nieland, Rob Niezen, Robin Kingsburgh, Roger Sutcliffe, Rosalie Lam, Sally Martin, Serge Deherian, Shahla Etemadzadeh, Sharron Corrigan Forrest, Shaukat Chaney, Shelley Newman, Shirray Langley, Steve Wilson, Steven Volpe, Stuart Blower, Sue Ennis, Sue Miller, Susan Clark, Susan Garrington, Susan Gosevitz, Ted Michener, Valerie Geard, Vera Bobson, Wayne Gascho, and Wendy Birmingham.

Exhibition Chair: Cathy Groulx
Exhibition Coordinator: Kim Atkins
Online Gallery Design: Alan Douglas Ray
Catalogue Graphic Designer and Editor: Pat Dumas-Hudecki