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Workman artist moves closer to home

Home is definitely where the heart is, especially in Lindsay Veh’s case. Over the summer Lindsay, a Workman Arts artist and former CAMH outpatient signed her lease for an apartment at the non-CAMH building at 100 Lower Ossington Avenue – the Ossington-Queen Street Rental Apartments.

For her, the West Queen West neighbourhood is home. It is where she is comfortable. It is where her artwork is displayed, where Workman Arts and CAMH are located, and where her friends reside. Before going full-time with her art, she sought out CAMH for smoking cessation and more recently, for anxiety and to attend a women’s therapy group. “I remember – January 6, 2006 was my first day of not smoking. My anxiety got better as I started doing things that made me happy – like my art; that is why the decision to be an artist has been the best thing for me. What better place to create art and experience what life has to offer than at this new building at Ossington and Queen West?” 

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 Lindsay Veh, excited about living in the West Queen West neighbourhood, poses 

in front of her new building at Queen Street West and Lower Ossington 

 

“I am looking forward to living in proximity to everything I love,” enthuses Lindsay. “I feel like I’m home when I’m here and I feel safe here. I can walk everywhere and the TTC is so accessible from the new building. Who knows, I might even get a bicycle to help me get around and to enjoy the area around me." Her art is now displayed in various locations, including at TAN Coffee on Queen Street West (across the street from CAMH), Gayley’s Café on Dundas Street West, and in the lobby of the CAMH building at Russell Street.

Recently, she received word that the Ontario Human Rights Commission plans to use full-colour reproductions of her work in a report they are publishing, and a new commission has come up for her to create a large painting for a house. She also serves on the Workman Arts Visual Arts Advisory Committee.


“I am having fun. I have come such a long way,” says Lindsay. 

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  "Boxed In” is one of Lindsay's paintings that will be reproduced in the 
report being developed by the Ontario Human Rights Commission.
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