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The Creative Spirit Art Centre provides art education and studio space for people with disabilities. Feel free to browse our site and contact us on how you can become a member, make a donation or let us know if you're aware of an individual who could make use of our resources (csac@creativespirit.on.ca). Visit our contact page.

Hours: Open Tuesday through Friday 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.  Open Saturdays for scheduled events. See our announcements online or become a member and join our mailing list! We're closed on all statutory holidays and throughout the month of August.

handi-Link interview with Ellen Anderson

CJAM FM radio

This month Ellen Anderson spoke with host Cam Wells from the program handi-Link which is produced in Windsor Ontario and focuses on disability issues exploring and contrasting with able-bodied life. Ellen shares why she established The Creative Spirit Art Centre back in 1992 for artists living with disabilities and some recent successes.

Earlier in the program Cam also spoke with Randy Gelling, Station  manager CFUV, the full interview is available on the National Campus and Community Radio Association program exchange link (ncra.ca) here.

The Reason Why - Gabe Anderson

April 7 - April 30, 2015

Gabe Anderson: "Friday" cityscape, 2013

Opening reception: Saturday April 11, 2015 1:30 p.m - 3:30 p.m. 

The Reason Why is the first one man exhibition for Gabe Anderson. Gabe is an artist who lives with a number of developmental challenges. His unique work has been shown Internationally in Tokyo, Japan and Washington, D.C.

As a Canadian Art Brut artist who works in drawings and prints, he has been working and exhibiting since 1992. Gabe's father, Robert J. Anderson, was a painter of the Canadian Landscape as well as a representational artist.

The Reason Why is the title of the exhibition in that Creative Spirit Art Centre was created because Gabe needed a place to make, exhibit and sell art. He's "the reason why" his mother started the CSAC public art gallery/studio and resource and information centre. Gabe's works can be described as abstract interpretations of the urban landscape. 

His various disabilities did not allow him access to a formal visual art education, studios, art schools or art galleries which has lead to the development of a truly original body of work that continues to evolve over 23 years since the founding of Creative Spirit Art Centre.

Please join us for this special exhibition!

(right: Gabe Anderson: "Friday" cityscape, 2013, Gabe holding the cover for Slate Gallery Guide, The art opening April 11, and making art below.)


Gabe's Opening

Gabe Anderson

Thank You!

Str8 From The Heart 2015!

A big thank you to the Artists; Bidders, Volunteers; Donors; Members and folks who came out to support the Str8 from the Heart Art Auction! 

GabeThe auction was successful and we raised enough to keep our doors open for a while longer. Creative Spirit Art Centre is self-funded and relies on the generous donations of people who care.   

City of Toronto, Councillor Mike Layton was brilliant and entertaining, in his 3rd appearance as volunteer auctioneer.

M.P.P. Cristina Martins also presented Creative Spirit Art Centre with a certificate of recognition for the Straight From the Heart Fundraising Art Auction and the work of CSAC. CSAC has been invited to exhibit our works of art at her new constituency offices.

Thank You Everyone!


Str8 From The Heart Auction Items

Artwork for our February 2015 fundraiser

It's that time of year when art collectors, art dealers, and artists with and without disabilities help Creative Spirit By Generously donating art for our annual Str8 from the Heart fundraising auction.

Preview registration and opening bids:Friday February 13, 2015 

Bids close Saturday February 28, 1 - 3:30 p.m.

Guest AuctioneerCity of Toronto Councillor Mike Layton  

Dear Friends, Art Collectors and Donors, with generous hearts!

We are delighted to announce that we are continuing our Str8 From The Heart Annual Fundraising Art Auction. 

This is your opportunity to buy art donated from artists; art collectors; and sculpture from the Cape Dorset Co-operative.

Please, visit us and bid on a work of art by one of our Creative Spirit Artists or a work by an established Canadian master artist including artworks by Carl Beam and Mendelson Joe. This art-shopping event embraces the opportunity to support your Creative Spirit!

Pinterestinterest users can view more items in detail and share at our link here! More auction info below!

Pudlalik Shaa, Bear Attacking Walrus








 Bear Attacking Walrus by Pudlalik Shaa

                                                              What is Essential by Will Kennedy, mixed media 


Cynthia Kemmerer             Sitting Polar Bear

      Pike, Cynthia Kemerer, watercolour   

                         Sitting Polar Bear,  Ningeossiaq Ashoona