Freddy Garcia—Reflecting on a Journey

Freddy Garcia—Reflecting on a Journey

I now have the strength to understand Canadian culture and face it head on. I am no longer interested in escaping from reality. I embrace reality. Through paint, pen, and clay, I express the challenges faced by my friends and colleagues on the streets of Toronto. I illustrate the stories and ideas that constantly erupt in my mind. At the Art Circle’s annual show, I am able to showcase my work and fulfill my mission to bring the beauty that is all around us to light. Continue reading

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Celebrating a Bar Mitzvah with Tzedakah

Celebrating a Bar Mitzvah with Tzedakah

Noah, pictured here, used his bar mitzvah as an opportunity to give tdedakah and raise awareness about the Art Circle. He and his family decided to use art supplies as centre pieces for his celebration, which they then donated to the Art Circle. Congrats and thank you – yesher ko’ach  v’todah!

Thornhill Art Program Begins Nov. 12!

TEMPLE HAR ZION ART CIRCLE 2014-2015 STARTS WEDNESDAY NOV.12.14 SEE BELOW FOR DETAILS…. As the warmer weather slowly slips away, we are gearing up for the upcoming OOTC 2014/15 season. I am thrilled to announce, that TEMPLE HAR ZION (Thornhill) will be offering the art program for its second concesecutive year. For those of you … Continue reading

Artist Focus: Dawn and Donia

Artist Focus: Dawn and Donia

Donia has found tremendous value in the Art Circle. This is her second year in the program and she feels revived with creativity. Her participation makes her feel relaxed, able to socialize and be connected to the artistic community. She discovered Out of the Cold by seeing a sign outdoors, and was then invited by … Continue reading

Artist Focus: Norman and Bosco

Artist Focus: Norman and Bosco

Norman attends Out of the Cold every night to save money on food. This is his second year with The Art Circle and this time is learning to paint. He is appreciative because it provides him with a wide space to spread out, experiment and be creative. “Art uplifts my soul. It’s a joy beyond … Continue reading

Melanie Samra: A Volunteer

Melanie Samra: A Volunteer

Melanie Samra: a volunteer The Art Circle would not be possible without the hard work and passion of its dedicated volunteer base. Tens of volunteers step forward each year to help run the weekly art activities and to organize the annual art show and fundraiser. In 2013 our program The Art Circle reached new ground with … Continue reading

Acts of Kindness

Acts of Kindness

A quiet element of beauty when it comes to the Art Circle, is the generosity and care that it inspires in the community. In 2010, Susie Schafer approached the Art Circle coordinator. She and her daughter, Emma, had been to the art show and had come up with an idea. Emma’s bat mitzvah was soon … Continue reading

My story on being in the street

My story on being in the street

People end up in the street for many different reason, most people think all homeless people have issues like addiction and mental health but not all. A lot of us like me, just got in to a bad  situation with money and bad decision. My situation started three years ago, I was working like anybody … Continue reading