A consumer survivor’s experience coming to the VanDuzer Art Studio, printed in an issue of the CSI Bulletin.
My Trip To… VanDuzer Art Studio
The VanDuzer Art Studio is a converted coach house that promotes artists – painters, poets, musicians – and other creative activities. It is a facility that has a welcoming atmosphere. There are art pieces prominently displayed on the walls depicting a variety of subjects that germinate in the artists’ imaginations. For the most part, these pieces range from excellent to very good. Maybe it’s the close proximity to the Art Gallery of Ontario (AGO) that has wielded its influence, but the studio is worthwhile visiting even for its ambiance.
The work tables are paint-spattered and provide enough impetus to get involved. There is a kitchenette, a bar fridge and a washroom. These facilities are an added incentive for artists. In the warmer months, the studio holds Open Mic sessions (usually the last Saturday of the month). Here poets and musicians and comedians can do their stuff and enjoy a night of amateur talent. There is usually some food provided, but more so it’s an affinity for kindred spirits to have a good time.
You can get in touch directly with the VanDuzer Art Studio by calling Tamara Wilen, Studio Coordinator at 647-280-4931 , or by visiting the studio at 196 Beverley Street.
We believe self-expression through the arts can play an important role in the process of recovery. We have been fortunate with the help of Ontario Trillium Foundation and the special support of Mrs. Joan VanDuzer to convert an old building into a creative space for artists. The studio is supervised during hours of operation by staff and/or volunteers. Groups who book a time at the studio must be accompanied by a coordinator who is expected to facilitate the group.
“Some people live their whole lives like they’re drowning in a pool. Coming to a place like the VanDuzer Art Studio, is the only time they are above water”. – D. Buckley
The VanDuzer Art Studio is a shared environment. All participants are expected to treat one another and the property with respect.
Fees for groups are low and can be waived under certain circumstances. Cheques should be made payable to Eden Community Homes.
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