What a treasure! This vibrant, celebratory book is a work of art itself—a testament to Canadian talent andthe supportive, enduring role of the OSA.
– Plum Johnson OSA, artist and author of They Left Us Everything
This book is a labour of love, celebrating artists, their work, and activities belonging and inspired by a society important and influential not only to the Canadian artistic community, but society at large. It is not only a thoughtful overview of the OSA pursuits and its members’ distinctive past, but more importantly, it’s an inspired look forward to an enlightened future. A future of inclusivity and openness to all artistic expressions reflecting our multicultural Canadian society.
– Ernestine Tahedl, RCA, OSA
This book of life stories, artworks and essays is both relatable and inspiring. The reader will learn the fascinating history of this organization and be delighted and amazed by the abundance of talent that characterizes the OSA.
– Lani Kopczinski, curator of the Government of Ontario Art Collection, Archives of Ontario
Breath. Heart. Spirit. The OSA 150 Years is a book published by the OSA to celebrate 150 years as the oldest continuously operating artists’ society in Canada.
This is a wonderful book for artists, their families, and friends, chronicling the legacy and the significance of the society in Ontario’s cultural life.
This project has been two years in development with the OSA Anniversary Planning Committee. The book trio, Janet Read, (managing editor and writer), Diana Harding-Tucker (image editor and writer) and Pat Dumas-Hudecki (graphic designer) have worked to produce a publication that honours OSA history and looks forward, at times provocatively, towards our future.
Essayists include Dr. Laura Brandon, Hilary Dow, Linda Jansma, Joan Murray, Margaret Rodgers, Dr. Andrea Terry and OSA member, Agniezska Foltyn.
Images were sourced from public gallery collections with holdings of OSA artists. The National Gallery, Ontario Archives, Winnipeg, Vancouver, Agnes Etherington, Hamilton, Robert McLaughlin and London public galleries are among the image contributors.
This is a pre-order. Books will be shipped as they become available. Due to supply issues beyond our control it may take a several weeks to receive your book.
Books will also be sold at each of the six 150th anniversary exhibitions to be held throughout the province.
Each book is in hardcover with 204 pages in full colour. The price is $60 for OSA members (by entering a coupon code) and $65 for non-members. Shipping will be calculated at checkout.
Don’t miss this unique opportunity to purchase this stellar publication chronicling and celebrating the rich history and future of the OSA.
Published : 2021
ISBN : 978-1-7779175-2-4
Hardcover : 204 pages
Dimensions : 9 1/4 x 9 1/4 inches