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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.

23rd Anniversary!

May 9 - June 6, 2015

A celebration of 23 Years of Creative Spirit with artists, volunteers and members of the Board who all joined us on Saturday!

Photos below include some of our guests and a detail of Peter Smith's "Man Reading A Newspaper" circa 1990.

The exhibition continues through to June 6 (see above for hours).

 

23 Years!!

May 9 - June 6, 2015

23 Years of Outsider Art

23 years of making, exhibiting and celebrating ART by Creative Spirit Artists! Please join us for selected works from our permanent collection.

Opening reception: Saturday May 91:30 - 4:00 p.m. 

Artists: Meiko Ando, Gabe Anderson, Robert J. Anderson, Gilles Arseneault, Edie Beck, Janet Basmadjian, Maruja Bonilla, Michele Carlton, Glen Cooper, Kristine Erglis, Alan Hooks, Ann Hrinco, Cynthia Kemerer, William Kennedy, Marc Andre Labonté, Joan La Mantia, Alex Lazar, Martin Owen, Catharine Little, Alan Parker, Zoltan Noeh, Hanni Sager, Peter Smith, Jai Wax, Barry Woo, Vitali Zelinski.

We invite artists, families, donors and supporters to:

• visit the Art Centre

• renew your membership,

• rekindle your friendships

• see some of the art from the past 23 years

• book a special tour of the recently altered storage facilities

Where you can view:

The Hanni Sager art Doll Collection

• The Huronia Regional Centre Art Collection

• The CSAC Canadian Art Brut Collection

Please, if you haven’t joined CSAC or made a donation; consider doing one or both. Make a paper “spirit” wish/art image to decorate an art wish tree. If you already support us please visit to learn about the progress we are making in the storage of our collections, research and accomplishments of our artists.

• Sign up as a volunteer for special events opportunities.

• Help make an on-going event by taking selfies and post them on Facebook, twitter and instagram!

Please continue to check our website for special events for May, June and July.

Cheers! 

Ellen. Gabe and all the artists of CSAC

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