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