The Ontario Society of Artists was having a call for art for their annual juried show. I figured it was a long-shot for me, but applied anyways and then got the super exciting news that my piece was accepted!
The show is an annual one that has truly run for 146 years, an incredible feat – almost the entire time Canada has existed as Canada. The organization was founded in 1872 and is Canada’s longest running artists society. They do a lot of good for supporting professional artists in the province and promoting the arts.
Oh goodness was I ever excited because not only was this just a great show to get into but also because it is being held in downtown Toronto! My first gallery show in this major city!!! Toronto isn’t too far from where I live, so we were able to go over in person for the opening reception. It was a wonderful evening and the place was packed!
The person who hung the show did an amazing job. They put my piece with 2 other black and white paintings, we made a great trio of achromatic art together. 😀 There were 37 artists accepted into the show, we found out later on close to 600 had applied which blew me away. There was art from several different mediums, painting of course, some sculpture, mixed media like me, photography – including a really cool one where the photog had printed the photo on gauzy fabric, really amazing paper sculpture and much more.
It was a thrill, an honor, an amazing experience to be a part of this show. I’m just so grateful for this opportunity and the other opportunities I’ve had recently. It’s be so great to get out there, be among other wonderful artists, meet awesome people and show my work.
The show is currently on till April 26th, so if you’re in Toronto – be sure and stop by the John B. Aird gallery at 900 Bay Street for a look at a gob of fantastic art!