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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.

Erella Ganon Art Exhibition!

Exhibition Reception:Colourful water colour illustration of Erella Ganon with a high hairdo with flowers, feathers, leaves in her colourful hair

Saturday, September 10, 
1:00 p.m. - 3:30 p.m. 
at the Creative Spirit Art Centre

Exhibition runs from: 
September 10 to October 7, 2016

Erella Ganon is an artist who has been illustrating her experiences in journals
for most of her life. She worked as a writer/journalist/radio announcer and in 1986, as a producer of Canada's first AIDS benefit. Erella was one of the organizers of Kumbaya for AIDS and helped to establish Canada's AIDS hospice, Casey House and the literary event, Word On the Street. She has plied her trade as a reviewer/journalist for NOW Magazine, CKLN-FM, CFNY-FM and for CBC radio and CBC TV. She was a New Media Designer for Extend Media/ Digital Renaissance and continues to be a strong community advocate as the Moderator for the Dufferin Grove Neighbourhood

In 1998 Erella was diagnosed with a brain tumour caused by a usually fatal, rare disease called Cushing’s. She documents her world in which she lives with an invisible disability. She posts her art online and delivers  lectures with slide shows of her art works  which offer the patient's perspective and how medical issues affect a person's life.

Erella's online visual diary inspires appreciative responses from patients and caregivers. Learning that these images and texts to be helpful to others dealing with similar situations inspires her further. Providing understanding for families, support teams of people suddenly diagnosed with something scary is helpful. Not only patients, but doctors often feel powerless and seeing themselves in her work seems to make people feel better. Sharing her experiences provides reassurance to others who often feel voiceless and misunderstood that they are not alone. This is what is her vision now: 

https://www.thestar.com/news/gta/2015/06/15/brain-tumour-survivor-draws-comfort.html

TV Documentary: http://tinyurl.com/erelladoc

More links:

Brain Surgery for My Soul: http://tinyurl.com/erellaideas

Lunch with Picasso story:  http://soundcloud.com/erella-beaubella/erella-ganon-interviewed-about

Dufferin Grove and Me:  http://www.thestar.com/news/insight/2013/02/24/listservs_provide_way_for_community_members_to_connect.html

Erella and John Cage: http://ionandbob.blogspot.ca/2016/04/erella-ganon-and-bob-talk-with-john-cage.html

Erella's Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/erellaartist/

We hope to see you! It will be fun!

Thank you,
Ellen

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Getting ready for our 25th Anniversary in 2017!

We will be celebrating our 25th Anniversary in 2017 and are on a mission to collect photos from anyone who has been a friend, donated, purchased artwork, or supported us in any way. Please send us a photo of yourself so that we can start putting together a collage of our friends for the celebration! Send your photos to: csac@creativespirit.on.ca with the subject line Collage Photo. Thank you!

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Closed Wednesday July 13, 2016

Sorry we are closed on Wed. July 13th but for good reasons. The Very Special Artists conference at Metro Hall has led to a meeting with Senior policy advisors for Premier Kathleen Wynne. We are meeting to arrange inter-ministerial meetings to develop the ideas on Art, Education, Employment and Disabilities presented at the conference. We will keep everyone informed about our progress.

We are addressing “This Ability” to make art; to have a voice; and to be included.

Thank you, 
Ellen

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Closed for the Month of August

We will be closed for the month of August for a holiday break. We will reopen Tuesday, September 6, 2016. Enjoy the summer!

row of identical graphic sun illustrations
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