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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.

Kristine Erglis Exhibition

Exhibition opens: June 20th head and shoulder profile of women with a creative vibrant "hat", soft colours, another woman painted in washed out grey and white with orange yellow hair with "NEW" type in black angled, top left over the womans head/hair

Reception: Saturday 24th, 1 - 3 p.m.

Exhibition closes: July 28th

In 1994, Kristine Erglis started making art, at our studios. We are showing her art from the past and some of her current work. Kristine will not be present for the exhibition. She moved from Toronto to Nova Scotia many years ago in order to seek a gentler, quieter, life.

Kristine puts into images, things which most of us are afraid to say 
or express including how the media has made women feel about their bodies. “NEW,  Surgically removed Hips” was shown in “IMAGES OF WOMENW 1994 in an exhibition celebrating the many aspects and images
of women. That exhibition taught both the artist, Kristine and the curator, Ellen Anderson; the difference in perception between men and women. 
A well know male artist looked at the image of “Surgically removed hips” and declared his sister had that operation. “NO”! Kristine proclaimed.” It isn’t about a medical procedure. It’s about how women are made to feel about their bodies!”. The male artist insisted that his sister had indeed had the surgery. Ellen and Kristine looked at each other; realizing that the fellow didn’t understand the point of the painting. Women who came to view the image, understood immediately and would say, “Yes, I’ve been made to feel that way”. Men ignored the work and quietly walked past it without a word.

Kristine conjures up: colourful dreams, joyous leaping lizards, anger,
coy angels, a frustrated receptionist;  all illicit immediate recognition. Some of the works use humour and the play of vibrant colours of inks and watercolours are sometimes laced with words. Other works speak for themselves without any words.

Hope to see you there!


We will Be CLOSED on the following DATES:


CSAC closed: May 18 to19 (reopen May 20 for Birthday Celebration, May 27 (reopen June 13, Aug. 1 to 31 (reopen Sep.1), Closing Studio Sep.30

25th Creative Spirit Birthday Celebration!

Celebration: May 20, 2017, 1 to 3 pm

orange, red, yellow watercolour butterfllies flutter released into the sky with the words 24th CSAC Birthday Celebration

The CSAC logo is a “Blotterfly”

We will release 25 "Painted Ladies" (butterflies) to celebrate each year we’ve been supporting artists with disabilities through our universally accessible art studio; exhibitions, festivals and conferences. Butterflies go through metamorphosis. CSAC will also go through a metamorphosis or metamorph.

To sponsor and release a butterfly for $20, contact Ellen at: csac@creativespirit.on.ca

* PLEASE NOTE: If it rains or is too cold on Saturday, May 20, then the butterfly release will happen the next day, Sunday, May 21 at 1 pm. Alternatively, if the weather is awful for May 20 and May 21; the butterfly release will take place Saturday, June 24 at 1 pm - reception for Kristine Erglis' exhibition.

May 8 - May 26

Exhibition: Creative Spirit Artists through the years

Artists: Meiko Ando, Gabe Anderson, Robert J. Anderson, Gilles Arseneault, Janet Basmadjian, Maruja Bonilla, Glenn Cooper, Kristine Erglis, Orhan Guven, Jeff Halliday, Glen James, Alan Jack Hooks, Cynthia Kemerer, Will Kennedy,  Marc La Bonté, Joan Lamantia, Alex Lazar, Catharine Louise Little, Michael Tam, David Tran, Barry Woo, Jai Wax, Vitale Zelinski.

The Creative Spirit Art Centre, will “Meta Morph” at the end of this year.

We are planning stages for the next level for the protection of the collections and using the web site to provide on-going information on Art Brut, Outsider Art and Art and Disabilities. If you would like to join the professionals who are committed to the evolution of the “Creative Spirit” studio, public art gallery collections and resource and information centre, please contact Ellen at the art centre by e-mail or phone. 


We hope to see you soon!

Warm regards,
Ellen and the Artist at the Creative Spirit Centre

Spaces filling up fast, register now!

the Words Barriers, process and goals on "puzzle" pieces, then the rest of the heading ...of creating art studios...

Seminar: Friday April 7th, 2017, at the Creative Spirit Art Centre

Presenters: Ellen Anderson and Ann Guven
Registration Fee: $20.00 - payable by cash or credit card on day of the Seminar
Space is limited to 25 people. Please refrain from the use of perfume.

CSAC is pleased to present the Seminar “Barriers, process and goals of creating art studios for artists living with long term disabilities and the exhibition “Sons and Mothers, The Art Journey”. Please join us for a vegetarian lunch, view the art exhibition and attend the seminar.

The seminar covers the journeys of Ellen Anderson and Anne Guven dealing with the challenges to finding and creating services for their adult sons. Gabe Anderson deals with cerebral palsy and developmental disabilities. Orhan Guven lives with autism. Both Gabe and Orhan are gifted artists whose art is exhibited, and purchased in the U.S.A., Japan and Canada.

This is an opportunity for parents and professionals to learn about setting goals, learning processes and overcoming prejudices. 


12:00pm – 1:00pm                                                                                                                 Registration and Vegetarian Lunch

12:45 - Welcome, Ellen Anderson, Founder, CSAC Creative Spirit Art Centre

1:00pm – 1:30pm
"Orhan Guven, Art and Autism"
Speaker: Anne Guven, Founder, PAC, Perspectives Art Centre

1:30pm – 2:00pm  
"Gabe Anderson, Art and Cerebral Palsy"
Speaker: Ellen Anderson, CSAC, Creative Spirit Art Centre

2:00pm – 2:30pm
Questions and Answers

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This Seminar is accompanied by an Art Exhibition: “Sons and Mothers, The Art Journey” at the Creative Spirit Art Centre

Exhibition “Sons and Mothers, The Art Journey” - PAC gratefully acknowledges an artist exhibitions grant from the Ontario Arts Council, artist exhibitions grant for Orhan Guven. 

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Creative Spirit Art Centre


999 Dovercourt Road, Toronto, ON  M6H 2X7
T: 416.588.8801  Fax 416.588.8966
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