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The Creative Spirit Art Centre has been providing art education for people with disabilities for over 25 years the gallery/studio no longer hosts events or monthly exhibitions.

We continue to maintain as an educational resource for past exhibitions, conferences,  publications and events. Thank you for your support!

Fall update

To contact us please leave a message on our facebook page: facebook Creative Spirit is now exclusively a website resource, our previous gallery email address (csac@, is no longer in use. 

We are happy to have placed the The Judy Richardson Collection of Art by Huronia Regional Centre residents with The Archives of Ontario. Below is an example from the collection from one of our past exhibitions in 2013 by former Huronia resident Albert Hall.

Rooster by Albert Hall 

Happy Holidays!

Thank you!

We wish all our volunteers, student placements, artists, donors and friends of Creative Spirit a wonderful holiday season.

We are grateful for your support of dollars, time, talent and friendship. You care and helped us to make it through this year.

Thank you: Vicki who worked and works on our social media, (- and she makes and delivers delicious cookies too!). Thank you Gavin, Deb and Bhupesh who create the best designs, publications, typography and graphics. Thank you to Ronnie who brings her kindness to the artists and her professional skills to the collections. Thank you to Oliver for his ability to navigate EXCEL and the endless track of bills and taxes. Thank you Gary for his creative eye, hanging monthly exhibitons, to Michael D. who keeps our website going. Thank you to the Board of Directors: Liz who makes music and helps connect us to the rest of the creative community. Thank you Peter for doing our Financial year end. Thank you Shelly for signing the donation receipts. Thank you Michael S. for keeping us focused! 

We are grateful to Weiner’s Home Hardware for their donation of cleaning supplies; Bean and Baker for their celebration cakes; Vert for feeding our conferences, seminars and special meetings; South Pacific Chinese and Polynesian Foods for their edible treats. Thanks to Anne and Can of PAC; who made sure that Orhan got to the studio every week. They participated in so many ways in life in the studio. 

If I have forgotten anyone please, forgive me.

This month we lost friend Alan Hooks. Alan was one of our studio artists. We are grateful to those close to Alan who sent donations on his behalf and continue to support Creative Spirit artists.

The studio is empty and lonely without the sounds, chatter and laughter; from Marc, Gabe, Catharine, Gilles, Kevin, Will, Orhan, Anne, Maruja, Alan, Alex, David and Michael.

wooden model figures

Creative Spirit Artists, Kristine Erglis and Anna Quon participate from as far away as Halifax as does Hanni Sager in Mexico; and Toronto artists:  Janet Basmadjian, Cynthia Kemerer, Meiko Ando; Yuriko Kubota; and Mayuko Ueda. Currently the gallery/studio is closed but our resource and information centre remains open. We keep in touch with Able Arts Japan with the help of Noriko Hatanaka, in Tokyo and with the Very Special Arts International affiliates with Stephanie Litvak in Washington D.C..

A big project we continue to work on is saving our LIVING LEGACY of ongoing creative work and collections which deal in ACCESSIBLE ART. By access we include economic as well as universal access due to medical diagnosis.  We are forming partnerships with Loet and Mickey Vos’ Toy Collection; The Puppet Mongers and The Clay and Paper Theatre. We have a collective need for a permanent home with performance spaces, collections, workshops and studios, café and gift shop. I believe that the City of Toronto is ready to support a public art home for TOYS, PUPPET THEATRE, & FOLK ART.

Please, continue with us on our journey and contact us If you want to become involved in our efforts to also secure further funding. We need your help to continue our work. I feel that many people are experiencing donor fatigue. To those who send us money; thank you. I hate to ask for donations of money because there are so many worthwhile deserving charitable causes out there asking for help.

We are lucky and privileged to have your support and wish you a New Year of good health, good spirits, good friends and good fortune.

Ellen Anderson

Executive Director

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!


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:

* 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