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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.

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

Download Registration Form

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