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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.

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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. 

Ontario Arts Council Logo - Red upside down bold "V", curved up black bold line intertwines with the "V", a grey bold outlined circle nuzzles into curve of black line and upside down "V"

Creative Spirit Art Centre


999 Dovercourt Road, Toronto, ON  M6H 2X7
T: 416.588.8801  Fax 416.588.8966
e: csac@creativespirit.on.ca 


The French Canadian Connection - Exhibition

Saturday, March 11, 2017 from 1:00 to 3:00 pm

The art of northern Quebec-Ontario's2 paintings- top colourful watercolour forest and bottom colourful Acrylic Painted person with all kinds for shapes and dotted background
Marc André Labonté and New Brunswick
Acadian Gilles Arseneault

Curators: Nikolina Zanoski and Ellen Anderson

Opening Reception:
Saturday, March 11th, 1:00 to 3:00pm

Exhibition Closes: March 24th

Marc Andreé Labonté

> Marc André Labonté is a French Canadian with deep roots in northern Quebec and northern Ontario. His landscapes reflect those places from his early life and they continue to inspire Marc. Trees, flora and fauna are repeated motifs. His works give the feeling of tapestries with the boldness of the land and sky interwoven with delicate traceries of plants and fishes. — Ellen Anderson 

> Marc is clearly inspired by wilderness but invites us to experience it more as emotional memento than specific physical place. His glimpses of nature show us a poetic beauty within a variety of branched trees and lively plants. The tranquility of a monochrome
background is a soothing contrast to a dynamic, vibrant and colourful clusters of flowers. It is almost as if we are looking at an otherworldly scenery and still it is very intimate and familiar. It evokes a sense of wanting to be present, to wander, wonder and explore what is hidden in this mystical forest. — Nikolina Zanoski 

Gilles Arsenault

> Gilles Arsenault is a French Canadian whose Acadian background shows in his very different approach to his art which has the liveliness one hears in Zydeco music. Gilles’ work has a friendliness and an upbeat sense of rhythm and colour which transport us and convey a sense of happiness. His images are of himself, his tools and geometric shapes. Ellen Anderson

>Gilles’ works are all about bright colour and bold, rough texture, which combined, contribute to their childlike, joyful nature. His palettes are inspiringly harmonious and his thick strokes are almost relief in nature. Still, the emphasis lies on the patterns and their pulsing vibrancy. Within his exploration of composition, of colour and form, we can almost feel the mood or sense the internal portrait of the painter. The paintings are completely filled, with no empty space, but the balance between rhythm and choice of colour makes them captivating, refreshing and undoubtedly positive. — Nikolina Zanoski

Welcome Nikolina

Nikolina Zanoski is a visual artist and art educator mainly working in the medium of sculpture. She has participated in numerous exhibitions and workshops and is an author of several public sculptures. Nikolina has exhibited in Croatia, Poland and Hungary. Nikolina’s works reflect her own experiences and thoughts about vulnerability caused by outer circumstances as well as an inner state of mind. The question she ponders is how much of our thoughts and feelings come from within and how much is planted in our brains and therefore interferes with our reality.

Creative Spirit needs you

Please come and see the art, watch our artists at work and tell us how you’ve been. We need your help this year as we struggle to keep the studio open. We depend on you to make new contacts, to expand our network and to rally support. We count on the generosity of your spirit.

Pick up a copy of This|ability, our book on Canadian Art Brut for $20.

This|ability is the first book about Canadian Art Brut and Outsider Art written, produced and printed in Canada. The artists in the exhibition and book are B.A., Gabe Anderson, Meiko Ando, Gilles Arseneault, Maria Bonilla, Glenn Cooper, Kristine Erglis, Albert Hall, Jeff Halliday, Alan Hooks, Orhan Guven, Glen James, Marc André Labonté, Joan Lamantia, Alex Lazar, Catharine Little, Paul Sadgrove, Peter Smith, Jai Wax and Barry Woo. Missed the launch?

READ ALL ABOUT IT ON OUR WEBSITE ( under menu item Community > Resources )

Thank you for your support and we hope to see you Saturday!
— Ellen and the Creative Spirits 


Update on the Creative Spirit Art Centre

January 2017

Dear Visitor, 

A few years ago, Creative Spirit Art Centre moved into a new studio and gallery space at 999 Dovercourt Road.

Starting in January 2017 we once again prepare to move into a new space. 

But this time, we will be moving out of our physical space, and metamorphosing entirely into an online organization. 

We will spend 2017 evolving into an online information resource housed on our website. The site will also host a blog on art and disabilities, featuring a new posts every month and art by Hanni Sager, Meiko Ando, Gabe Anderson and Mendelson Joe as well as photographs from our archives. 

We plan to supplement our online presence with two annual pop-up exhibitions and we will add workshops and lectures by request.

Postings on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram will continue to champion our artists and their work, and to promote a deeper, richer understanding of Canadian Art Brut and Outsider Art. 

Even though we have a team of deeply dedicated, professional volunteers, we deeply regret that Creative Spirit Art Centre cannot continue as a public art gallery and studio space after December 31, 2017. The Centre simply cannot run without money. 

Unless we are rescued by either government agencies, a foundation or generous philanthropists, we have no option but to pursue this restructuring. If you think we can save the gallery and studio, please do contact us - we are nothing if not hopeful. 

CSAC has had 24 wonderful years of art exhibitions, auctions, conferences and festivals featuring a creative community which integrates artists living with long term disabilities into the mainstream arts world. We have learned a lot in our 24 years and we want to continue to share our knowledge. We will remain a charity and any donations will be used to continue our services through our website and social media.

On behalf of all the artists, volunteers, members, patrons, board of directors, I thank you for your support through all the years. 

Ellen Anderson
Creative Spirit Art Centre


Styx - Exhibition of Drawings by Oliver Pavao

Exhibition: Friday, January 6th - 27th, 2017
Reception: Saturday, Janurary 7th, 1-3pm

black and white line drawings, very detailed, approximately 20 by 30 inches

"How something as simple as a pen can create complexity and dimension never ceases to amaze me. It is this simplicity of materials that ultimately inspires these works. The underlying idea behind them all was to see what I can create with nothing but a pen and time. Lots and lots of time.

People have told me these images have fractal and Rorschach test qualities, as everyone seems to see something different when they look at them. But my intention has always been to mimic the world around me, to imitate 'life', and that magical complexity that arises from the infinite repetition of simpler, smaller parts."

Oliver Pavao

Hope to see you there!