In 1967, Canada's Centennial Year, the Oshawa Art Association (OAA) was founded. It began with 45 members and nine patron members.
On April 1st, 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, with a membership that has now risen to almost 200 in 2014, from doodlers to full time professionals.
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. This has been so successful that in 2014 that the OAA is holding both a Spring art Festival and a Fall Art Festival at Camp Samac, with plans for two more in 2015.
In addition, the Annual Juried Art Show was held at The Robert McLaughlin Gallery in early September.