Art Gems is an art auction fundraising event for Creative Works Studio in Toronto. Art Gems celebrated its 9th anniversary with Art Gems ’15, at Berkeley Church.

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Art Gems at Berkeley Church was a chance to view over forty artworks in the Art Gems Live Auction Collection, created by some of Canada’s most established and promising emerging artists. Guests had an opportunity to bid on artworks in the Art Gems Silent Auction, created by our guest celebrity artists and Creative Works Studio members.

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The mezzanine in the Berkeley Church provided the perfect setting for the lovely art pieces to be presented.

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“Through the Art Gems auction, we aim to increase the profile of Creative Works Studio in our community and to raise funds to enable the studio to expand its facilities and services for those most in need.”

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“Creative Works Studio was founded in 1998, the Studio is an occupational therapy and community based initiative of the Inner City Health Program of St. Michael’s Hospital and operates in partnership with Good Shepherd Non-Profit Homes Inc. The Studio offers healing and recovery through the arts for those living with severe and persistent mental illnesses. The Studio is non-denominational, was pioneered, and is led by Isabel Fryszberg, an occupational therapist and practicing artist. Watch the trailer for Creative Works Studio’s documentary What’s Art Got To Do With It.”

@CreativeWorksTO @ArtGems 2015 @TheChurch on Berkeley. #MentalHealthAwareness

Mary Deacon, Chair, Bell Let’s Talk, our guest speaker.

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Peter Adams, a Creemore based artist painting during

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Two Tickets to Art Gems and every donor who Stepped up and donated had their names individually featured on a stair riser at the Berkeley Church.

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Stephen Ranger auctioning off a Joshua Jensen-Nagle piece for

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Berkeley Catering circulated some delicious dishes.

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Guests enjoyed interacting with the live art and meeting some of the artists.

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Art Gems fundraising auction raised a net return of $165,000+ for Creative Works Studio.

Venue: Berkeley Church

Art Gems

Creative Works Studio