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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.

Drop by and say Hello!

CSAC Studio/Gallery closing Sept. 30th.

 

Please, drop in this month to sign our guest book, see some of Kristine Erglis' wonderful work - and keep in touch! CSAC will Open House though September to meet friends, artists, volunteers, donors, collectors, and champions of art.

  

We've stayed open with the help of donated time, talent and financial assistance from friends who believe in advancing the creative power for individuals who cannot advocate for themselves. The studio will continue to host CS events and as well will open for those who need a place to put on a workshop or rehearsal or short term POP UP events. 

 

Creative Spirit Art Centre is a registered non-profit charity and yes, we still need your help to keep our website up and running but without a source of core funding, we cannot continue to operate the studio and art gallery. Stay in touch with updates regarding our various proposals/opportunities. In the meantime we're sourcing ways of moving forward with grant applications for unique art projects, marketing and outreach for continued success!

 

Please contact me if you can make use of our space for rentals or introduce us to a patron(s) of the arts who might be interested in becoming part of the evolution of arts and crafts as a potential viable employment venue for people with disabilities. Help us to change the systemic prejudices that prevent people with developmental, physical and intellectual disabilities from being part of the fabric of the Canadian Cultural community.

 

Cheers,

Ellen

Welcome


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!

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We will Be CLOSED on the following DATES:

2017

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.
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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.
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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
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