Breath. Heart. Spirit. The OSA 150 Years


Breath. Heart. Spirit. The OSA 150 Years is a wonderful book for artists, their families, and friends, chronicling the legacy and the significance of the society in Ontario’s cultural life. Softcover, 204 pages in full colour.


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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.

The cost is $40 for OSA members and $45 for non-members plus mailing if applicable. The book is soft cover, full colour, 204 pages with an index. Limited hardcover copies will be produced and can be requested for an extra cost.

There will be certain days (TBA) when the prepaid book can be picked up at the Arts & Letters Club of Toronto, or it can be mailed for the addition of the mailing cost.

Don’t miss this unique opportunity to purchase this stellar publication chronicling and celebrating the rich history and future of the OSA.

Product Details

Published : 2021
ISBN : 978-0-9878134-9-7
Softcover : 204 pages
Dimensions : 9 x 9 inches

Additional information

Dimensions 9 × 9 cm
Price Options

OSA Member, Non-member