In 1967, Canada's Centennial
Year, Audrey MacLean and Maureen Remington founded the Oshawa Art
Association (OAA). In April of the same year, Audrey became the
President and Maureen the 1st Vice President. Also elected to the
executive that first year was Janet Ferguson (2nd Vice), Iris Starr
(Treasurer), Marg Gourley (Recording Secretary), and Pat Calder
(Correspondence Secretary). They began with 43 active members, two
inactive members and nine patron members.
Audrey and Maureen believed
the strength of the visual arts community would lie in the development of
a strong pool of new artists. One of the objectives of the OAA was
to provide quality workshops for members.
On April 1, 1968, the
first Annual Meeting and first Annual Juried Show were held at the
McLaughlin Public Library. By the end of the first year, the OAA had
more than 150 members, had programmed half a dozen workshops, held its
first juried exhibition and was well on its way to becoming the foremost
advocate for artists in Oshawa.
In 1981, the first Annual Camp Samac
Show & Sale was held during the weekend of September 20th.
Attended to by the hard working committee members, this show grew into a
not-to-be-missed weekend for artists and art lovers alike.
The Fall Art Festival is still an annual event that has grown
to over 80 artists participating yearly.