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Canadian artists and celebrities come together in support of Creative Works Studio

Toronto, May 6, 2013

Art Gems
A sample of the artwork that will be showcased at Art Gems 2013.

This year’s Art Gems in support of Creative Works Studio was the most successful to date, thanks to the celebrity and professional artists who showed their support for mental health by contributing original artwork.

Held on April 23 at the Berkeley Church, the celebrity artists, including Mike Myers, Gord Downie, George Stroumboulopoulos, Jan Wong, Sarah Harmer, Colin Mochrie, Patrick J. Adams, Debra McGrath, Leah Pinsent, Peter Keleghan, Gillian Deacon, Iris Turcott and Keith Pelley, all created unique commissioned pieces for the Celebrity Silent Auction. Highlights included the sale of the Mike Myers piece in the Celebrity Silent Auction for $2,700 and the sale of the Charles Pachter piece in the Live Auction for $4,600.

Creative Works Studio is an arts-based occupational therapy, outreach service in the Inner City Health program of St. Michael's Hospital that gives people who struggle with mental health issues a place to heal, build self-esteem and develop life skills through participation in the arts. The studio receives clients from mental health agencies across the city and each year offers more than 2,500 clients visits as our members strive to make a comfortable return to active life in the larger community. Donations account for over half of the studio’s funding.

“Since our first Art Gems auction in 2007, we have raised over $540,000 for Creative Works Studio,” said Ginny Leuty, director of Art Gems. “We surpassed our goal this year of $100,000 by raising $125,000, which will enable us to expand our services to reach those most in need, as well as raise the profile of the Studio and work towards reducing the stigma of mental illness.”